Wednesday, October 18, 2023

October 16 Council Notes: Digital Building Permit Pilot, 126-Unit Apartment

At the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference in September, the provincial government announced it selected Langley City, among 15 other local governments and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, as pilot governments for its new digital building permit tool.

This new digital build permit tool will be designed to:

  • Ensure the completeness of building permit application packages submitted to governments
  • Apply to the BC Building Code
  • Also include electrical permits
  • Track the progress of applications up to approval

The success of the pilot program will be measured on if:

  • It reduces paper submissions
  • It reduces incomplete or non-code-compliant submissions
  • It reduces developer or builder questions to governments about their building permit packages and progressing
  • Governments throughout BC can use the digital permit tool

Implied is that the digital permit tool will reduce the time it takes to issue building permits.

Besides Langley City staff time, there is no cost to the City for participating in this pilot program, though if the pilot program is successful, there may be ongoing software costs.

Langley City staff told Council we will fully engage in this pilot program.

On the topic of building, Langley City Council gave third reading to a rezoning bylaw which, if given final reading, would enable the construction of a 6-storey, 126-unit apartment at 19948 55A Avenue. You can read more about this in a previous post.

A front view of the proposed building. Select the image to enlarge.

Final reading of a rezoning bylaw is only considered by Council once an applicant has satisfied all the City's requirements, including building plan completeness, off-site engineering (such as water, sewer, storm sewer, sidewalks, bike lanes, lighting, and roadways), and payment of fees and deposits.

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