B.C. is building more homes, faster
The B.C. government is making housing development projects easier with a new coordinated approach.
A single application portal for provincial natural resource permits is now available. 42 additional staff are ready to help you in the permitting process.
This means more homes will get built faster throughout B.C.
On this website, the term “permit” is used to describe permits, approvals, authorizations, certifications, permissions and licences.
We are making faster permitting decisions
The B.C. Housing Action Taskforce is a dedicated team, including navigators, who will work across government to make faster decisions on provincial housing permits. We are also improving how we process and collect application information.
We are making significant changes to natural resource permitting in response to feedback received through the BC Housing Permitting What We Heard Report.
The Taskforce is prioritizing:
- Indigenous-led projects
- Projects that include multiple units
- BC Housing projects
- Projects in communities where the housing need is the greatest
If you need help, contact the Housing Navigator Service.
How housing permits currently work in B.C.
Housing development is a multi-stage process. You may need permits from B.C. government, local governments and/or First Nations. All levels of government are working together to simplify the permitting process for you.
There are different requirements at each stage of your project. You may need short-term permits during construction or long-term permits, such as a Water Licence to divert surface water.
Learn about the permits you may need from all levels of government
Contact the Housing Navigator Service
The Navigator Service are dedicated staff to help you determine what applications are needed for your project and navigate the provincial process.
Find contacts and resources
For information about municipal permits, zoning and building codes: