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RDCK asks for patience from applicants as building activity continues to climb

The RDCK said current processing time for building permits is approximately six weeks, though processing times can be longer as staff are now spending more time in the field completing inspections and less time in the office.

It does not matter how high the price of lumber has climbed, building activity continues to climb in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) — with record levels during the first quarter of 2021.

The RDCK said in a media release through the end of March, inspections completed by building officials have increased 50 percent during last year at this time and permits issued are up 46% over the same period.

However, the RDCK said throughout this high growth period, the small RDCK building staff, as well as, administrative and technical support staff continue to provide prompt, quality and professional building services to the community, despite working with limited staff resources and a high volume of work.

The RDCK said current processing time for building permits is approximately six weeks, though processing times can be longer as staff are now spending more time in the field completing inspections and less time in the office.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding during this extremely busy time,” said Chris Gainham, RDCK Building Manager.

 “We recommend all potential applicants prepare accordingly for extended processing times as we deal with unprecedented demand.”

The RDCK said to reduce the likelihood that an application is rejected or delayed, applicants should ensure they come prepared with a “counter ready application”, meaning the application is complete and free from errors or omissions.

The RDCK said by doing so, you will help reduce processing time and do your part to make sure your project stays on schedule.

To assist applicants in navigating the building process, the RDCK has produced some useful online resources, including our permit application information page.

Click here for the RDCK Building Brochure which provides useful guidance on the requirements when applying for a building permit. 

Click here for general information on the building process on our main page.