Notice to Builders

This notice is provided to owners and builders undertaking or planning to undertake construction that requires a Building Permit and/or building inspections under Part 13 of the Kitimat Municipal Code during this current labour dispute.  Builders are reminded that the B.C. Building Code applies to all construction in the municipality, whether or not the construction is authorized by a District Building Permit.


When construction on a building, authorized by an existing permit, has reached a point at which a building inspection is required, no further work should proceed.  If the owner undertakes any further construction it will be entirely at their own risk, including the risk that a building official may require work to be uncovered to permit inspection. Rough-in plumbing and electrical installations can usually be done before completion of a framing inspection, because the framing remains visible. Any work that is not clearly visible may be required to be exposed or uncovered at the discretion of the building official, before an Occupancy Permit will be issued. If a building is completed and occupied without necessary inspections and an Occupancy Permit, the District may place a Bylaw Contravention Notice on title to the property, or take other enforcement action.


Owners and their agents may submit permit applications and be added to the queue, since applications will be processed in order of receipt when building officials return to work. Other District officials may review the applications for completeness and for other bylaw compliance such as zoning setbacks, drainage, elevations, site coverage and other matters shown on a site plan, pending review of the application by a building official. If an owner has a building foundation and basic framing designed, constructed without a permit, inspected and certified by a registered professional, a building official may rely on the certification in the issuance of a permit.  The owner undertakes any such work at their own risk, including the risk that a permit will not be issued and the work will have to be removed. In no circumstances should work beyond the foundation and framing stage, rough-in plumbing and electrical installations be done on this basis. There is a Building Permit surcharge, to a maximum of $500, for work commenced without a Building Permit.


Buildings, other than those constructed under Part 3 of the Building Code (single-family and two-family dwellings), usually require registered professional (engineer or architect) design and field review (inspection). If all other municipal bylaw requirements are met, the owner may choose to proceed with construction of this type of building at their own risk. They will be required to satisfy the building official on their return to work that the building was designed, inspected and certified by their registered professional following satisfactory, documented field reviews, in order to obtain an Occupancy Permit. Again, there is a Building Permit surcharge for work commenced without a Building Permit.  


Media Contact: Wayne Sussbauer, 250-632-8908