Planning and Building
Planning and Building Department
Director Planning and Building: Lou Pelletier
The Planning and Building Department is organized into three divisions: Long Range Planning, Current Planning, and Building. Each division is responsible for various aspects of the planning and development process. These three divisions shepherd development in the City from the broad policy level to establish the framework for development (Long Range Planning) to implementation through conformance with area plans, zoning and subdivision (Current Planning), and to construction and regulatory review and enforcement (Building).
Long Range Planning Division
Assistant Director Long Range Planning: Lee-Ann Garnett
The Long Range Planning Division is responsible for the development and administration of Burnaby’s Official Community Plan (OCP), which is a general statement of the objectives and policies of the local government respecting the form and character of existing and proposed land use and servicing requirements, as well as related policies. The OCP must also include a regional context statement which demonstrates consistency between the OCP and the prevailing regional growth strategy.
Long Range Planning division addresses policy issues and initiatives related to area, neighbourhood, and community plans and policies. It provides professional and technical advice through the Director to Council and Committees on City lands, land use, housing, environmental, transportation, heritage, social policy and regional planning matters; and maintains the City’s mapping systems and data related to land use planning.
Current Planning Division
Deputy Director Planning and Building: Ed Kozak
The Current Planning Division provides for professional and technical advice through the Director to Council and Committees on development applications including subdivision, road closure, preliminary plan approval, siting approval and rezoning. In addition, this division provides for the administration of rezoning, subdivision and development approvals and public hearing notices.
This division provides for implementation of Community Plans by guiding the redevelopment of specific areas identified in the City’s Official Community Plan including town centres, district centres, urban villages and other specially identified areas. Land uses, zoning designations and consolidation patterns with supporting public infrastructure including road networks, parks and greenways, and public facility sites are outlined in adopted plans and through other processes to guide residents, landowners and developers. The community plans are established through a comprehensive review process in consultation with other City departments, the public and other stakeholders leading to approval by Council.
We are located on the third floor of Burnaby City Hall, at 4949 Canada Way in Burnaby. Planning inquiries can be directed to:
Current Planning Fax: 604-294-7220
Long Range Planning Division Fax: 604-570-3680
Chief Building Inspector: Patrick Shek, P. Eng, C.P.
The Building Division ensures that all new development and building construction in the City is in compliance with the zoning bylaw, safety codes and municipal bylaws through four Sections. The Permits and Customer Service Section ensures the efficient review and processing of all building, electrical, plumbing, gas, fire, sprinkler, heating, demolition and tree cutting permits. The Inspection Section ensures that all construction and development is in compliance with health, life safety and structural sufficiency requirements, contained in related Provincial construction codes and municipal bylaws and the administration of all building, electrical and plumbing and gas inspections. Bylaw Services Section receives and processes building bylaw complaints, administers the sign and tree bylaws and coordinates bylaw enforcement activities. The Project Management Section is responsible for the coordination of the design and construction, and contract administration of major civic buildings and related projects.