Building Department

The Building Department is responsible for the approval of residential, commercial, and industrial construction within the Municipality. All construction is required to meet the B.C. Building Code 2012, Fire Codes, Bylaw 70 Building Regulation and all other applicable local bylaws. With a few exceptions, all construction in the District of Sooke requires a building permit before you begin any project.

Every property owner shall obtain all required permits or approvals, pay all fees and provide all deposits prior to the commencement of work. Permit applications are to be submitted to the District of Sooke’s Building Department. General guidelines are available when you apply for a permit.

Permit Types

Building Permit

Every property owner shall obtain all required permits or approvals, pay all fees and provide all deposits prior to the commencement of work.

building permit is required before constructing, repairing, altering, moving or demolishing a building or structure.

If the applicant is not the owner of the property, an Owner’s Authorization form must be submitted. All property owners registered on the Certificate of Title must provide written approval to allow the applicant to act on their behalf.

The Municipality does not issue the following permits:

Demolition Permit

demolition permit is required when demolishing a building or structure. The owner must ensure:

  • services for the building being demolished are sealed at the property line;
  • measures are taken to protect the safety of the public while the demolition is in progress, including the erecting of barricades or fencing to prevent unauthorized or inadvertent entry to the site, and posting security personnel at the site when appropriate;
  • notify the Sooke Fire Department when commencing demolition;
  • complete demolition within 3 day for a building less than 185.8 m², and within 6 days for a building greater than 185.8 m²; and
  • liability insurance of $2 million, naming the District of Sooke as insured, for structures greater than 185.8 m².
Highway Use Permits

Permission to construct an access over Municipal property to the homeowner property requires the following:

Plumbing Permit

plumbing permit is required when installing, altering and repairing plumbing, including sewer connections and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, appliances and accessories. The bylaw does not apply to plumbing repair or replacement which does not require a change in piping.

Plumbing Test Certification 

Important Information

BC Building Code Change – On December 19, 2014 new energy efficiency and ventilation requirements came into effect for all Part 9 buildings (housing and small buildings).

All building applications received by December 18, 2014 will be processed under the current 2012 BC Building Code. All building permits applied for on or after December 19th will be reviewed for compliance to the new energy efficiency and ventilation requirement.

For specific details about the changes, please visit the Homeowner Protection Office or Building Safety and Standards Branch websites.

Request for Property Information

A Request for Property Information form must be submitted and signed by the property owner or an authorized registered agent.  An Owner’s Authorization form or documents indicating the agent is authorized is required when submitting your request.

Examples of information that may be available are:
Building Permits
Inspection Reports
Occupancy Certificates
Site Plans
Site Surveys
Building Plans
Septic and Well Site Plans
Woodstove/Oil Tank Permits

Inquire with the Fire Department (250-642-5422) for:
Oil Tanks
Structure Fires

Speak to the Planning Department with regards to:
Zoning inquires
Riparian Area Regulations
Archeological Sites

We have some in formation available through our GIS Map on our website:
Property Info Report
Zoning Bylaw Information