Can I do my own plumbing on my property?
Owners of detached single-family dwellings are permitted to perform work on their own plumbing systems providing they meet the following criteria:
  • As the owner, you must live in or intend to live in the dwelling upon completion
  • No person other than a member of your immediate family will, with or without compensation, assist with the plumbing work
  • You must further certify that there is no other dwelling or premises directly attached to your dwelling
  • You are not preparing the building for sale or rent or for occupancy by anyone other than yourself and your household

A signed declaration of these conditions, as well as a schematic of the proposed work is required. Owners are required to satisfy the building inspector of their competency. For more information, please contact the Permits section at 604-467-7311.

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1. What services does the Permits section provide?
2. Why do I need a permit?
3. What types of things do I need a permit for?
4. What is the cost of a building permit?
5. I want to re-grade my property and bring in a "little" fill. Do I need a permit?
6. How long does it take to get a permit?
7. How can I find out what my property is zoned?
8. Where can I find the size of my lot?
9. What can I build on my single family residential lot?
10. How big can I build on my lot?
11. How do I determine the location of my house in relation to my property lines?
12. How high can I build a fence on my property?
13. What time will my building, plumbing, gas or electrical inspection be?
14. Can I request a certain inspector for inspections?
15. What do I need for a final inspection?
16. How do I know if I live in a floodplain?
17. What is a flood construction level?
18. How can I get a copy of my house plans or a copy of the occupancy certificate?
19. What size of accessory building can I build?
20. There's a new development being built beside my house and I'm worried about water coming onto my property. What can I do?
21. Why do I need a geotechnical engineer (for anything)?
22. How do I find out if a house I am purchasing has ever been used as a grow op?
23. What restrictions apply for building retaining walls?
24. Can I do my own plumbing on my property?
25. What is a Right of Way?
26. How can I find out about a Right of Way?
27. Where is my water, sanitary or storm connection?
28. What is a covenant?
29. What is an easement?
30. How do I arrange for an easement?
31. How do I find any legal documents shown on the title on my property?