Do I need a permit to build a landscape retaining wall?

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.

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1. Do I need a permit to build a fence and how high can my fence be?
2. Do I need a permit to build a landscape retaining wall?
3. Do I need a permit to build a shed?
4. Do I need a permit to build a swimming pool?
5. What documents are required when applying for a building permit?
6. What fees apply?