Building & Zoning

The Zoning Bylaw in Esquimalt regulates the use of land, buildings, and structures in the Township of Esquimalt.

To confirm zoning of a property, please phone 250-414-7148 or 250-414-7179.

The Building Inspection Division of Community Safety Services:

  • Issues building, plumbing, demolition, and sign permits – The building inspector processes applications and reviews building plans to ensure compliance with the B.C. Building Code, and municipal bylaws, regulations, and policies.
  • Performs site inspections – Site inspections are required to determine that conditions set out in a building permit have been satisfied and they are performed at various stages of construction.  A final inspection is required upon completion of a project and before an occupancy permit can be issued.
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  • Discusses work with contractors and property owners – The building inspector provides explanations of building code and bylaw requirements, reviews preliminary building plans to determine compliance with regulations, provides interpretations of the BC Building Code, and discusses appropriate construction methods.

Application Forms

Building permitPDF
Plumbing permitPDF
Demolition permitPDF
Oil tank permitPDF
Sign permitPDF
  • Contact the Fire Department at 250-414-7126 for information about the removal or installation of underground fuel (oil) tanks.

Book a building/plumbing/demolition inspection

To book an inspection, book it online. Twenty-four hours notice is required for inspection to allow for staff scheduling.

More information

Or contact the Building Inspector at 250-414-7106 or Development Services at

Electrical and gas permits

Electrical and gas permits can be obtained through Technical Safety BC.

For more information on electrical and gas permits, please call 1-866-566-SAFE (7233).