Build or Renovate a Structure
Are you constructing a new building, renovating an existing building, or building an accessory building, deck or suite?
Depending on the complexity of your project, the permit and application process will vary.
If your project involves rezoning or development of a new structure, refer to the Developing a Property page.
A property’s zoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) designation determines what types of development and uses are permitted. Further, if the property is included in a Development Permit Area, you may need a Development Permit to complete your work.
Check PoCoMAP for zoning, OCP designation, Development Permit Areas, and other property information.
Does your zoning or OCP designation match your plans?
- If yes, proceed to the checklist below.
- If not, click for more information about:
If you require a Development Permit, see Developing a Property.
As of July 23, 2018 the City will require electric vehicle charging rough-ins in new residential buildings. See Electric Vehicles.
Below is a checklist of reviews and permits required for building in Port Coquitlam – see the description to determine which apply to your project. Each linked page includes topic-specific contact information.
- Building Permit – Deck
- Building Permit – Accessory Building (e.g. garage or shed)
- Building Permit – Secondary Suites
- Development Variance Permit – for projects that don’t meet current requirements of City bylaws
- Demolition Permit – for projects requiring building demolition
- Building Permit – for construction, alteration, repair or demolition of buildings and structures
- Site Services Permit (pdf) – for on-site services such as utility holes, catchbasins, lawn drains, fire hydrants, pump chambers, water meters and others
- Plumbing Permit – for installation of plumbing fixtures (e.g. showers, tubs, sinks, water tanks and hose bibs)
- Energy Permit – for installation of baseboard radiant heat or in-slab radiant heat
- Fire Sprinkler Permit – for installation of fire sprinkler systems as required by bylaw
- Fences – For installation of fences
- Farm home plate – for construction on agricultural land
- Sign Permit – for installation of exterior signs
- Tenant Improvements – for general tenant upgrades to an existing building
- Strata Title Conversion – process to allow for subdivision of existing buildings into two or more strata lots
- BC Energy Step Code – Requirements for new residential and commercial construction
- BC Energy Step Code
- BC Building Code Changes
Build a Fence
A fence is defined in the Zoning Bylaw as a vertical structure used for enclosure or screening where the thickness is equal to, or less than, 8 cm (0.26 ft.) excluding top and bottom rails and posts. Height is measured from finished grade.
The illustration below indicates maximum fence heights as applied to a typical residential lot:
The image above is a general guide to the requirements for fences and walls in the City of Port Coquitlam. Please consult the Zoning Bylaw, 2008, No. 3630 for specific requirements.
Farm Home Plate
In order to preserve space for farming, the Zoning Bylaw requires that the farm residence and other residential uses be contained within the “farm home plate”.
What does the farm home plate include?
The farm home plate includes the footprint of the farm residence and all farm residence accessory facilities, such as a garage, carport, driveway, ornamental landscaping, artificial pond, greenhouse, pergola, workshop, storage shed, swimming pool, tennis court and similar facilities.
How big can the farm home plate be?
The maximum area of the farm home plate is limited to the greater of 10% of the lot area or 1000m2, up to a maximum of 2000m2. For example, a 1.5 ha property (15,000 m2) could have a maximum farm home plate of 1500 m2.
How is the farm home plate calculated?
To calculate the farm home plate on a property, the distance from the front property line to the rear of the farthest residential building (house or accessory building) is multiplied by the width of the farm residence plus any farm residence accessory facilities outside of that width.
The image above is a general guide to the requirements for farm home plates in the City of Port Coquitlam. Please consult the Zoning Bylaw, 2008, No. 3630 for specific requirements.
Location and Mailing Address
City Hall Annex (Above the Bank of Montreal, 200-2564 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 3G4
Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)