A permit is not required to build a fence.
However, several requirements must be met, as outlined in Part 3.10 of Zoning Bylaw 0154.
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A permit is required for a landscape retaining wall that is more than 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) tall.
Construction of a retaining wall from 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) to 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) requires a building permit and professionally engineered designs. Retaining walls shall not be closer than 2 metres (6.6 feet) apart.
The maximum height of a fence located on top of a retaining wall is 1.3 metres (4.3 feet).
The construction of a retaining wall that is higher than 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) is not permitted without a Development Variance Permit (PDF). Setbacks are not required from the property line.
Retaining walls under 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) do not require a permit, however; site location should be confirmed with the Building Inspection Department staff.
Note: A retaining wall that is attached to a building and is greater than 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) requires a permit and professionally engineered design.
A permit is not required for any structure that is 10 square metres (107.6 square feet) or less. Structures larger than 10 square metres do require a building permit.
Yes, you must obtain a building permit when building a swimming pool. Read our flyer (PDF) about the requirements for building a swimming pool. You may download and print a Building Permit Application and fill it out now, but the completed form must submitted in person for staff review at West Kelowna Municipal Hall, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC.
The documentation varies depending on the project that the permit is for. Please select:
Commercial Structures (PDF)
Swimming Pools (PDF)
Residential Structures - New Builds & Additions (PDF)
An application fee and a building permit fee will apply to all projects that require a Building Permit. Please see Schedule 2 of the City of West Kelowna's Fees and Charges Bylaw for rates and how they apply to your project. If you have further questions about fees and charges related to your project, please contact Building Department staff at 778-797-8820.