Building

Building - Interim Process for Applications and Permits.


Important Note: In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Provincial Health Officer has implemented limitations on gatherings of 50 or more persons. To respect this limitation and keep the public safe, the City of White Rock has temporarily closed City Hall to the public and will be offering services by phone, email and online. The City will continue to monitor the health advisories and limitations established by the Province and until such time as these limitations are lifted.

The Building Department has introduced an interim process of applying for permits until such time City Hall can return to normal operation.

 Building Permits:

All completed building permit application packages, along with a cheque for the application fee ($205.00), will need to be submitted to City Hall. This can be done through either the Finance drop box at the front entrance, mailed in to the Planning and Development Services Department at 15322 Buena Vista Ave., White Rock BC  V4B 1Y6, or through a coordinated drop off time with staff so that the application and payment is retrieved in a safe and timely manner. The application package will then be reviewed and compared to the application checklist. If all the required documents and drawings are included, the application will be processed and placed into the building permit review queue. If the application is not complete, an email will be sent to the applicant, notifying of the deficiencies by the Permit Clerk. The permit will not be processed until such time that the outstanding documentation has been submitted.

Application forms and checklists can be located on our website through the Forms & Applications page. Any inquiries regarding the application process or checklist requirements can be made with the Building Department at building@whiterockcity.ca  or 604-541-2136.

Sprinkler and Plumbing Permits

All completed and signed sprinkler and plumbing permit applications are to be either dropped off at City Hall through the Finance drop box at the front entrance, or submitted by mail to the Planning and Development Services Department, with payment enclosed via cheque. Applications for sprinkler and plumbing permits are found on our website in the Forms & Applications page. To calculate the required fee, please email or call staff for clarification at building@whiterockcity.ca or 604-541-2136. Our Fees and Charges Bylaw is also available on our website for reference

Please ensure that your City of White Rock Business License is in good standing with the correct mailing address. Approved permits will be emailed to the applicant with the original being sent out in the mail.

If you require a City of White Rock Business License, or would like to update your mailing address, contact the License Clerk at licenses@whiterockcity.ca or 604-541-2139.

Building Department


The City of White Rock Building Department is responsible for processing of applications and issuing of a variety of permits covering: 

  • Building
  • Demolition
  • Plumbing
  • Signs

This includes checking plans and monitoring construction for compliance with the City Bylaws and minimum health, life safety and structural requirements which are contained in related construction codes and bylaws.

Goals & Responsibilities

We endeavour to assist builders and owners in understanding and following the City Bylaws and related codes to aid them in producing quality buildings. We also inspect building premises and investigate complaints related to unauthorized construction, unsafe conditions and violations of related City Bylaws.

If you have inquiries, concerns, or issues relating to an application with the Building Department, or questions regarding buildings currently under construction, please email the Building Department.

Construction Hours of Work

View excerpts from the Noise Regulation Bylaw (PDF). No person shall make, cause, or permit to be made or cause any noise or sound which is liable to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort, or convenience of individuals or the public. No works in connection with the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of any building or structure or carry on any excavation, land clearing, general maintenance or other related activity, or operate any kind of machinery, power equipment, construction equipment or engine.

The following are the hours of work for construction:

  • Monday to Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday and British Columbia Statutory Holidays - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    (Bylaw No. 2144; Sec. 7.4 and 7.5 Owner / Occupant must reside on property)

Notwithstanding section 7.4, on Sundays or Holidays between the hours of 9 a.m. in the morning and 6 p.m. in the evening, an owner or occupant of a residential property may conduct general maintenance or carry on works in connection with the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of any dwelling or structure located on the residential property upon which the owner or occupant resides.

No construction for profit or gain is permitted on Sunday and BC Statutory Holidays. This means property owners can do construction work on Sunday on their own property, but cannot have any hired trades do any construction work on a Sunday and BC Statutory Holidays.