Development & Building Permits

Development Permits

A development permit approves the use of a site, as well as the size and location of any buildings or structures. Development permit approvals must be obtained for new construction, renovations, businesses, and changes of use to existing buildings.  Many projects are required to have a valid development permit before you can apply for a building permit to construct the building or structure, or to apply for a business licence.

All development permit applications must meet the zoning regulations of the property, such as land use, lot dimensions, lot area, etc. The Zoning Bylaw outlines the uses and development regulations of a particular zone. Taking a property development project through from start to finish is a complex process.

At Highlands Master Builders we understand the pressures associated with the property development business. We know that real estate developers need timely, confident, practical and accurate advice to structure, develop and sell or lease their development projects successfully, no matter what the economic environment may be. Our team is a trusted source, known for their legal knowledge, experience, attention to detail, track record of success, creativity, work ethic, responsiveness and availability to those in the real estate industry. We work closely with our client’s team and external professional consultants such as engineers, architects and surveyors. We deal directly with planning staff and other municipal, regional and provincial authorities in connection with subdivision, zoning and development permit applications, helping to resolve issues along the way and co-ordinate and implement the related legal requirements.

Building Permits

Building permits help ensure that construction and major renovations comply with local bylaws, building codes and health and safety standards.  Obtaining a building permit can be a tedious and frustrating process filled with painful procedures, protocols, and red tape. Even after months of following the proper steps and negotiating, an application can still be denied approval. At Highlands Master Builders, we know the system inside and out and we can help you get your permit APPROVED.

You need to get the required permits before starting any stage of a project.  A building permit is required when you:

  • Construct any new building or structure
  • Construct a new accessory building
  • Make alterations, additions or repairs to an existing building or structure
  • Complete a previously unfinished area in an existing building, (e.g., a recreation room or bathroom)
  • Make interior structural renovations
  • Demolish or relocate a building or structure
  • Locate or relocate a manufactured or mobile home on a lot
  • Remodel or construct a deck
  • Construct a swimming pool
  • Install or alter plumbing within a building/structure/ on a property
  • Connect to a municipal sanitary or storm sewer system
  • Install a new chimney or fireplace
  • Enclose your carport or change your garage to living space
  • Change the use/occupancy of an existing building, (i.e., from office to retail)

You will also need a special trades permit for:

  • Any work on a fire sprinkler system
  • Any work on a gas system
  • Most work on an electrical system
  • Most work on plumbing systems

Please understand that this is not a comprehensive list. If you are unsure whether your project will require a permit, please call 604-474-3388 to speak with a professional prior to starting any work!

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These terms are broken down in the contract based on progress with a completion date included. Once the work is completed to a pre-determined point, a pre-determined payment is made, with final payment due upon completion.

We are very blessed to say that over 50% of our customers come to us or are referred to us from customers we’ve performed for in the past. As you will see, there is a reason for such a loyal client base.

The budget and a reasonable time frame are stated in the contract, which is signed by all parties with copies provided before breaking ground or the start any project. Our goal is to get your project finished as quickly as possible and stay on budget so we can move on to the next job. Check with our references and you can see for yourself if it’s not due to nature or outside forces, we do what we say, when we say.

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