The building division conducts inspections during various phases of a project to ensure that construction conforms to the approved plans, including the applicable codes, regulations and bylaws.
We'll only approve occupancy of a newly constructed building once we've completed all the necessary inspections. As a permit holder, it's your responsibility to arrange for inspections. The type of inspections your project needs will vary depending on what your permit is for—new single-family dwelling or commercial, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Check your building permit package for the list of assessments specific to your project.
Permits and inspection process
If you're starting a project in Burnaby, you'll find the guides below useful. You'll learn about our permit and inspection process for new construction, sign placements, tree bylaws, etc.—especially for single-family and two-family dwellings.
Book an inspection
Ensure you meet all the residential or commercial building inspection requirements before scheduling an inspection.
You can book an inspection by calling us between 8:30 am-3 pm at 604-294-7130, at least 1 day before the required inspection. Have the following information ready:
- contact name and phone number
- date of inspection
- permit number
- site address
- type of inspection
Field inspections occur between 8:30 am-3:30 pm and will depend on the site's location and the time it may take to complete.
Speak with your area inspector
By phone: You can speak with your area inspector—building, plumbing, gas or electrical—by calling 604-294-7130, from Mon-Fri between 8 am-8:30 am.
In-person: For in-person meetings with inspectors arrive at the service counter before 8:30 am.
You can submit your building permit applications before 4 pm from Monday to Friday for approval.