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Building Bylaw

Project Overview

We're updating the Building Bylaw

The City of Fort St. John is updating the current Building Bylaw to reflect changes required due to technical change in development and provincial building regulations.

Why is this update needed?

Due to technological advances in building, changes to the BC Building Code, and the introduction of Step Code, it was time to complete a thorough review of the bylaw to bring everything up to date including new format, definitions and amended schedules.

What changes can you expect to see in the draft bylaw?

  • Updated regulations to align with BC Building Code changes
  • Updated definitions, removal of antiquated language
  • Modernization of the format of the bylaw, so as to make it easier to read and understand
  • Revised schedules to support in the administration of the bylaw
  • Proposed building permit fee increase from $5.00 per $1000.00 of construction value to $6.00 per $1000.00 of construction value

Get Involved!

On May 15, a Public Open House was held to discuss the draft Building Bylaw. Staff are currently reviewing and considering all public feedback received, and may make changes to the draft bylaw.

Next Steps!

  1. We will be presenting the draft Building Bylaw 2589, 2024 to Council at the Committee of the Whole on June 10, 2024.
  2. After receiving direction from Council, staff will either update the draft bylaw again, or it will be ready to go through the adoption process.
  3. The 1st and 2nd readings, for repealing and replacing the current building bylaw with Building Bylaw No. 2594, 2024, are planned for the Council meeting on July 8, 2024.