There’s been a marked increase in the number of illegal building projects underway in the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
So far this year, RDCO has placed stop work orders on 27 construction projects it has found underway in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas. Central Okanagan West includes the North Westside.
“In many cases, it’s simply the oversight by the property owner, who has undertaken the work themselves,” said Bruce Smith, with RDCO.
Building permits are required for construction and renovations of any structure, including fireplace installations, sewer systems, fences and outbuildings and inspections are required to approve various stages of construction.
The fees for building permits range according to the size and type of structure.
“Ensuring compliance with the B.C. Building Code and regional district building bylaw is in everyone’s best interest,” said Smith.
“It makes sure that all structures, construction and renovations are done in a safe manner. Homeowners that don’t follow the permitting process could find themselves facing insurance and other issues down the road.”