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Standard Building Permit

Standard Building Permit

​​​Permits Lead to Value

BC Assessment is leading the way towards operational excellence through leveraging technology and strengthening our partnerships with local government. 

BC Assessment receives over 70,000 building permits annually. Through consultation with many taxing authorities, BC Assessment has developed a standard building permit report that feeds permit information directly into our database.

Benefits to Taxing Authorities

  • Appraisers have more timely access to building permit information, resulting in non-market change (NMC) revenue being added to your community's tax base sooner
  • Fewer of your resources are required to provide an automated permit report
  • Fewer of your resources are required to provide copies of building plans if 'Small Permit Type' is reported (see below for more on 'Small Permit Type')
  • Shifts our staff effort from manual permit entry to assessment roll quality initiatives
  • Standard Building Permit Report is part of our Property Data Maintenance Program to have all inventory current within five years
  • Paperless exchange of information reduces our carbon footprint

Non-market change (NMC)

Changes in property value as a result of:

  • New construction authorized under local building authority permit
  • New construction which occurs in an area with no local building permit authority
  • New development or "size" changes to land (subdivisions/amalgamations)
  • Property class and exemption changes


"Working with the BC Assessment representatives and the Local Government personnel on this project was a perfect example of the partnership between BCA and Local Government. By working together for a solution, not only did we make the process more efficient for BCA, eliminating hours of manual entry, but we also made the assessment bases of each municipality so much more accurate, ensuring all improvements will be caught and valued for assessment purposes." -District of Central Saanich
"The Standard Building Permit Report was easy to implement. Sidney has benefited by having value added to our assessment roll more quickly." -Town of Sidney


The standard permit report includes the information summarized below. The chart below provides details on how BC Assessment uses the information requested in this report.


Intended Use



JurisdictionTo join permit to correct property BCA jurisdiction code320
FolioTo join permit to correct propertyBCA folio number013975055
Permit NumberTo identify the permitLocal government permit number



Issue DateTo identify issue dateDate permit issued31-JAN-2014
Civic AddressTo join permit to correct propertyAddress where permit activity is occurring

1250 1ST St W, North Vancouver

4501 HWY 97 N, Ten Mile Lake

PIDTo join permit to correct propertyProperty PID001234566
Legal DescriptionTo join permit to correct propertyProperty legal descriptionLot 1, Plan VIP18239, DL 439, Victoria Land District
Contact InformationFor internal appraisal use only. To confirm % completion of new construction on or before Oct 31

Name and phone number of contractor/builder, or owner

Devon Buildings Inc, 604-522-6333

John H. Ford, 250-492-1333

TypeTo satisfy BCA system requirements

Assign permit to one of the following BCA types:

New Structure

Additions & Alterations


Tenant Improvements

PurposeTo identify permitted workDetailed description of what the permit is for including square footage and use.

SFD Main Flr 1000sf, 2nd Flr 800sf, Crawl Foundation 1000sf, 3bedrms, 3bthrms

650sf Basement Suite incl. 1Bed/1Bath Renovation-new kitchen

Building AreaTo validate building area on BCA systemArea of building in sq. ft.



Permit ValueTo prioritize data collection activityValue of permitted activity



Small Permit TypeIndication of small permit types & their area enable direct add of inventory to BCA system

Assign permit to one of the following BCA Small Permit Types if permit is






Small Permit AreaSee Small Permit TypeEXCLUSIVELY for use with Small Permit Type, area of carport, garage or deck in sq. ft.



More information

For more information on how to commence submitting standard building permit reports, or for support with submitting reports for your community, contact BC Assessment's Property Information Department.

Phone: 1-866-valueBC or 1-866-825-8322 (local 00119)