In all Electoral Area communities except for UBC and the UEL, Metro Vancouver processes building permits for the construction or alteration of buildings, structures and plumbing systems. Building demolition and moving permits are also required. Metro Vancouver is responsible for ensuring that construction meets the minimum safety requirements of the British Columbia Building Code.
Depending on the location of a proposed building, there may be additional criteria associated with a building permit, such as certified geotechnical reports or environmental assessments. Prior to obtaining a building permit, approvals from other agencies may be required, which may include: septic systems, proof of potable water, highway access, or fire department access.