The District of West Vancouver is currently facing unprecedented levels of new building permit applications and customers are advised to expect delays.
The District is currently facing unprecedented levels of new building permit applications. On average, the District received 40 building permits a month over the last three years. In the past three months, however, monthly applications have increased significantly.
There were 82 applications in November and 129 in December 2021, and 209 in January 2022. This represents 10 and a half months of volume in three months, and District staff anticipate it will take four to six months to clear the backlog.
This includes building permits for renovations, tenant improvements, and new single-family homes.
Over the past year, West Vancouver staff have streamlined the process to create efficiencies, however, the volume of permit applications is so high that the timelines are increasing despite efficiencies, district said.
Customers should expect permit reviews to take several months longer than normal. People who submitted applications in February and March will face significant delays.