Planning and Building

It starts with a plan...

Planning is responsible for the planning process involved in any major infrastructure build. Building ensures that all the resulting construction is in compliance with established safety codes and that the City's construction-related bylaws are enforced.

Who we are

The Planning and Building Department is organized into four divisions. Each division is responsible for various aspects of the planning and development process. These divisions take City a project through stages:

  • Long Range Planning looks at the proposed infrastructure from a broad policy level and develops a project development framework.
  • Current Planning reviews the project and ensures it conforms to area plans, zoning and subdivisions.
  • Civic Building Projects oversees the project management teams responsible for design, construction and contract administration.
  • Building executes construction and regulatory review and enforcement, including: permit processing; plan checking; building, electrical, plumbing and gas inspections; and bylaw services.

Director Planning and Building: Ed Kozak

What we do

Learn more our the different divisions that make up the Planning and Building Department.

The Long Range Planning Division is responsible for the development and administration of Burnaby’s Official Community Plan (OCP). The OCP is a general statement of the objectives and policies of 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.

The 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, Indigenous relations and regional planning matters. It also maintains the City’s mapping systems and data related to land use planning.

Assistant Director Current Planning: Johannes Schumann

The Current Planning Division provides 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 administers rezoning, subdivision and development approvals, and public hearing notices.

The division implements 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.

Assistant Director Civic Building Projects: Tim van Driel

The project management section of Civic Building Projects Division is responsible for coordinating the design and construction and contract administration for major civic buildings and related projects.

Chief Building Inspector: Patrick Shek, P. Eng, C.P. FEC

The Building Division ensures 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 Administration Section ensures the efficient processing of all building, electrical, plumbing, gas, fire, sprinkler, heating, demolition and tree cutting permits. The Plan Checking and Inspection Sections 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 through plan review and inspections. Bylaw Services Section receives and processes building bylaw complaints, administers the tree bylaws and coordinates bylaw enforcement activities.

Contact us

We welcome your inquiries. We've listed all contact information for each Planning and Building division here so you can contact us directly:





Long Range Planning Division
3rd floor, City Hall


[email protected]


Current Planning Division
3rd floor, City Hall


[email protected]


Civic Building Projects
Suite 210, Deer Lake 1



[email protected]



Building Division
2nd floor, City Hall


[email protected]


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