Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Building Services


Within the Building Service Area, Building Permits ARE required BEFORE you:

  • Construct a new building
  • Construct a new home/ Site a pre-manufactured home
  • Build decks over 10m2 (107ft2), 600mm (24") above grade, attached to a building
  • Do plumbing installation/alteration
  • Demolish, relocate or move a building
  • Make additions to an existing building
  • Construct a chimney or install a wood-stove or insert
  • Construct retaining walls over 1.2 m (4ft) in height
  • Construct an accessory building greater than 10m2 (107ft2)
  • Hang a sign or construct a Canopy
  • When Do I Need a Building Permit?

Many home renovations require a building permit. Failure to obtain a permit before starting construction may result in delays or a fine. The Regional Development and Planning Department at the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has created two guidebooks to assist with the Municipal Building Permit Process.

A Guide to the Building Permit Process - Simple Buildings

A Guide to the Building Permit Process - Complex Buildings

Once complete, please email your application to

Responsibility and authority for managing the building permitting process is set out within the NRRM Building Bylaw. In you have any questions, please visit the Planning and Development section of the website or contact: (250)774-2541.


When are Building Permits not Required?

Building permits are NOT required for minor, non-structural modifications such as:

  • Cabinet replacement
  • Painting
  • Flooring
  • Roofing repairs, or re-roofing (third party inspection recommended)
  • Decorative finish repair, or replacement
  • Retaining walls under 1m(3.3 ft) in height
  • Fences under 1.8m (6ft)
  • Structure less than 10m2 (107ft2)

If you're building outside of the Building Service Area, follow our Guide.

In you have any questions, please contact the Regional Development and Planning Department at (250)774-2541.

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