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Important Information

Please visit our 2018 Local General Elections section on this website for information, links, resources and more to help prepare you for the upcoming local government general elections, School District 72 Board elections, the Cortes Island Community Hall Service, and Cortes Island First Responder Service Referendums.

Building Inspections

Learn about ensuring the safety and integrity of your buildings.

Why Do We Need Building Inspections?

Building inspection is the process the SRD uses to ensure the safety and integrity of buildings and structures in the SRD. Health, fire, structural and general safety requirements are enforced to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of all residents. The Building Department of the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is responsible for regulating the construction, alteration, repair or demolition of buildings and structures within the region’s electoral areas.

Building inspectors conduct inspections at various stages of construction, and keep records on file for future reference. Beyond the immediate role of ensuring safe construction, these inspection records provide verification of no longer visible building elements located within a building or structure. Lending institutions, appraisers, lawyers and others can then rely upon these files in determining the value of a building. Building inspectors can also assist you with the preparation of your building permit application.

If you are planning new construction or a renovation, whether a residence or an accessory building on your property, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure all planning and construction conforms to the SRD Bylaws as well as the province of British Columbia’s Building Code, 2012 edition.

The information on this site is intended as a guide only and does not replace current bylaws and regulations. Applicable SRD bylaws can be accessed from the main page of the building department and may be obtained from the building department office.