In 2016 the electoral area directors consulted with their residents by various means (roundtable meetings in the community, telephone calls, and face-to-face discussions) regarding opinions about the mandatory building permit area of Building Bylaw No. 2131, 2014. Municipalities were also consulted regarding their interests, particularly those municipalities who provide rural fire protection service.
The Regional Board adopted Building Bylaw No. 2131, 2014 Amendment Bylaw No. 2279, 2017 on February 23rd , 2017.
Summarized Changes :
- Electoral Area ‘B’ Reduced to include only that area which is included in the Charlie Lake Fire Protection area.
- Electoral Area ‘C’ No change to existing mandatory building permit area which includes the full electoral area.
- Electoral Area ‘D’ Reduced to the Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe and Taylor rural fire protection areas and to a small area around the Swan Lake subdivision.
- Electoral Area ‘E’ Reduced to the Chetwynd rural fire protection area and the Moberly Lake fire protection area.
Residents can still access the building permit program upon request, even if they are not in a mandatory area. Such requests in the voluntary area must be made before any construction starts because inspections cannot be provided for work that has been covered over. Residents not in a mandatory area that are building or adding on to a structure may want to check with their lending agency if it is a requirement to have a building permit, final inspection or occupancy permit. Residents will still have the responsibility to check zoning requirements when building or adding on to structures, because all regulations regarding permitted uses and siting remain unchanged and in force.
“Thank you to the residents who took the time to confer with the electoral area directors on this matter.” Vice Chair Rose went on to say “Residents can still access the building permit program even if they are not in a mandatory area.” To request a copy the Building Bylaw No. 2131, 2014 Amendment Bylaw No. 2279, 2017 call 1-800-670-7773 or view it on the PRRD website.