City Services

Permits & Licences

This page was developed to help you locate the forms and/or related information available on this website that you would require to apply for a City licence or permit. 

If you  have questions regarding any of these application forms please contact our Customer Service Centre or see Contact Us to find the department contact.

* if text appears with no link, we are in the process of adding this content to the site, or it is not available.

Rezoning,Subdivision, & Development Permits
For more complete Information on Development Application Services visit the Business & Development section and hover your mouse over "Development" in the main menu. The following are links to permit information in that section:

Building Approvals
For complete Information on Building Approvals Services visit the Business & Development section and hover your mouse over "Building" in the main menu. The following are links to permit information in that section:

General Info

Building Permits

Fire Sprinklers Permits

Plumbing & Gas Permits

Demolition or Moving a Building /Permit to Move a House

Sign Permits

Other Building Permits

  • Provisional Occupancy Permit - Call 604-276-4278 * 
  • Occupancy Permit for Temporary Buildings - 604-276-4278 * 

Tree Removal

  • The City's Tree Protection Bylaw generally prohibits thecutting or remvoal of any tree larger than 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter at breast height (dbh) without a permit. For more information see Tree Removal

Soil

  • Soil Replacement & Removal*
    No information is available onsite at this time. Please contact:
    Bylaws 604-247-4642.

Street Use for Special Purposes

* To use other City owned facilities for Public Events see Field BookingsandRental Facilities and/or Birthday Parties.

Parking & Towing

Towing

Filming on Location

Fireworks and Burning
The Fire-Rescue Department issues the following permits:

  • Low / High Hazard Fireworks - Public Display (Qualified Fire Works Supervisor)
  • Outdoor Burning - Agricultural Only (October 01 - April 30)

Please call 604-278-5131 for more information.

Commercial Vehicle Licences

Business Licences

  • Business Licences
    Note: Road Side Stands and Amusement Centres are regulated differently, but require the same business licence application form. 

 Electrical Permits

  • The BC Safety Authority is the electrical permitting authority for Richmond. Those doing regulated electrical work in permanent buildings are required to obtain a permit before they begin. Electrical Permits, depending on the scope of work, may be required for temporary structures or buildings including those associated with special events such as filming. For more information on performing electrical work, getting your permit and working with contractors visit Safety Authority.  

Dog licences

Not a City Service
The licences listed below are not administered by the City they are handled by other agencies. Because we are frequently asked about these, we have provided the referral information below.

Day Care Licences
Richmond Health Department inspects and licences daycare facilities. The Health Department fall under the Provincial Government. See Community Care Facilities for more information.
Contact: Richmond Health Department 604-233-3147

Hunting & Fishing Licences
The Provincial Government regulates hunting and fishing licences through the Fish & Wildlife Branch.

Liquor Licences
The Provincial Government regulates liquor licences through the Liquor Control and Licencing Branch.

Driver's Licence
Driver Licencing is a Provincial Government responsibility which has been contracted to ICBC the crown corporation responsible for driver insurance.
Please see the ICBC Driver Licensing webpage.
Contact: ICBC Driver Testing and Vehicle Information 604-661-2255

Marriage Licences
The registering of births, deaths, and marriages, and the issuing of licences and certificates is a Provincial Government responsibility. See the Ministry of Health Services, British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency website at: www.vs.gov.bc.ca

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