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.

Building Bulletin

Interim Process for Applications and Permits.

Partly Enclosed RGFA - Interpretation Bulletin

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.