Local Engineering Requirements for a Permit

Depending on your location, zoning, end use and bylaws, you may not require a Permit. Increasingly, under the new 2023 Building Codes in BC and AB, all the old rules have gone out the window. Municipalities and Counties got together and wrote a New Code which changes barndominiums, mezzanines, multi-uses for a building, agricultural set backs, new insulating requirements, fire safety and a host of other conditions.

Engineering is completely at several levels, each by different people:

  • The factory engineers supply a stamped provincial drawing for your building, which is a Design Drawing along with a Design Schedule B certificate.
  • A local Geotech engineer can be on site to take core samples, do lab tests that calculate the net load-bearing capacity of the soil to hold the building.
  • A local Foundation or Soil engineer would be on site post-excavation to confirm compaction, then to observe and report on footings (pre-pour), then on piers (pre-pour) and finally on slab and rebar (pre-pour).
  • A local Structural engineer would be on site post erecting to observe and report on the completed structure.

Each engineer would issue their own Schedule B (all required by the Municipality or County) and validate that the work was done correctly. This replaces the prior procedure whereby a Building Inspector would appear on site. Now, all inspections are done by engineers.

BC Steel Buildings provides these services at all locations in BC, AB and the Yukon!