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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 local governments, BC Assessment has developed a standard building permit report that feeds permit information directly into our database.

Benefits to Local Governments

  • 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 report
  • Shifts our staff effort from manual permit entry to assessment roll quality initiatives
  • Standard Building Permit Report is part of our Property Data Accuracy 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.  With exception of jurisdiction, permit number, issue date, and purpose, none of the data attributes is mandatory. They are requested because they provide BC Assessment with important information. 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 one of the following:

Contractor or

Builder or


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 and Alterations


Tenant Improvements

PurposeTo identify permitted workLocal government permit description 
Building AreaTo validate building area on BCA systemArea of building in sq. ft.



Building ValueTo prioritize appraisal servicing activityValue of permitted activity



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

If applicable, indicate NEW small permit type:





Small Permit AreaSee Small Permit TypeArea 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)