Application Forms and Guides
- Building Permit
City of Revelstoke Building Permits are granted in accordance with City Bylaws and the British Columbia Building Code. Building Inspectors deal primarily with the regulation and inspection of new construction and renovations, alterations, additions and changes in occupancy of existing buildings.
Online versions of the BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes are now available free of charge. To access the BC Code documents, go to www.bcpublications.ca.
- Demolition Permit
Prior to obtaining a permit to demolish a building or structure, the owner must:
- provide to the City a vacancy date;
- pay the applicable fees as set out in the City’s Fees and Charges Bylaw; and
- ensure that all municipal services and other services are capped and terminated at the property line to the satisfaction of the building official or the City’s engineering manager.
Every owner must ensure that, on completion of all demolition procedures, all debris and fill are cleared, and the site is levelled or graded, or made safe if levelling and grading are not possible. Every owner must ensure adherence to the “Safety measures at construction and demolition sites” requirements set out in Part 8, Division B of the building code.
- Interior Renovations
- Business Licence
All business licence applications are review by the Development Services Department and regulated through the Business Licence Bylaw and the Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw. Business Licence fees are charged on an annual basis and outlined in the Fees & Charges Bylaw.
- Change to an Existing Business Licence
If your business changes (i.e. location, ownership, name, use), it is a requirement to update your Busines Licence with the City, in order to maintain the validity of the business’s licence. The types of changes the City is concerned with are name changes, ownership changes, location changes and update of use of the business. To recognize the change to your business, the City will require a completed Update to an Existing Licence Application. For some changes, such as location or use changes, additional inspections may be required.
- Cancelling a Business Licence
Once a Business Licence is issued it will auto-renew on December 31st, on an annual basis, unless it is formally cancelled. Cancelling the Business Licence is the responsibility of the Business Licence holder and must be done immediately to avoid unwanted, additional charges associated with a business that is no longer operational. If you wish to cancel your Business Licence, please fill out the cancellation form.
- Encroachment Permit
For business owners who wishes to encroach on City sidewalks or road rights-of-way with retail displays (sandwich boards or additional outdoor seating areas (i.e. patio)
- Sign Permit
The City of Revelstoke’s Sign Bylaw No. 2054 provides regulations on all signage within the City of Revelstoke.
- Mobile Vendor
Mobile vending is business that is carried out entirely from a mobile unit, whereby, the entire stock of goods, wares, merchandise, or foodstuffs offered for sale is actually carried and contained within a unit that is designed to be or is mobile at the time the items are offered for sale within a fixed period of time (i.e. Food trucks and trailers, bicycles, carts, etc.).
- Development Permit
The Official Community Plan (OCP) designates Development Permit Areas for environmental protection, protection of development from hazardous conditions, and to guide the form and character of commercial, industrial or multi-family residential development. A Development Permit (DP) sets forth conditions under which residential, commercial, or industrial developments may take place. Once issued, it becomes binding on the existing and future owners of the property. Depending on the type of DP it must be issued by either the Director of Development Services or City Council.
- Development Variance Permit
A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a permit issued by City Council that varies regulations of the Zoning Bylaw or the Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw; however, it may not vary the permitted uses, densities, or floodplain regulations.
- Heritage Alteration Permit
Heritage Alteration Permitting is a system by which the City strives to protect and preserve heritage character and form in the Revelstoke Station Heritage Area, as established in the OCP.
- Official Community Plan Amendment
The Official Community Plan (OCP) is a long-term strategy for land use management, development, and servicing. The OCP is intended to serve as a statement of the objectives and policies of the City. The goals of the OCP are implemented through the Zoning Bylaw. An Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment application is required when a lands current designation does not permit the proposed use or density.
Zoning regulates the use and density of land by stipulating the siting, size and dimensions of buildings and structures as well as site specific uses. Zoning also establishes and promotes minimum standards for health and safety as well as conveniences. A rezoning application (also known as a bylaw amendment) is an application that is approved or rejected by Council to amend or supplement the Zoning Bylaw; it may amend the permitted uses or densities of land prescribed by existing regulations.
Subdivision is the legal mechanism used to create new, titled parcels of land and to adjust existing property lines. This includes a basic lot line adjustment, but not a consolidation of two or more lots. Lot consolidations (cancellation of interior lot lines) do not require a subdivision application to the City but are instead approved by the Registrar of the Land Title and Survey Authority.
The Land Title Act stipulates that for land within a municipality, the municipal Council must appoint an Approving Officer. The Approving Officer is responsible for administering and approving / rejecting applications to subdivide lands. Legislation regulating the subdivision process can be found in the Local Government Act, the Land Title Act, and the Strata Property Act.
The City's Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw sets further standards for subdivision access and works & services requirements.
Please see our subdivision guide and application form to get an understanding of typical application requirements. The complexity of subdivision applications can vary in which we ask for you to discuss your ideas with City staff prior to submitting an application. The Development Cost Charges (DCC) Bylaw outlines when DCCs are collected. Other fees and charges that may apply during the subdivision process can be found the in the City's Fees and Charges Bylaw.