City of Nanaimo to review function of building permits

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The City of Nanaimo will review the function of building permits this month, due to a high and sustained demand on the services of the building inspection section.

“The work of building inspection is challenging, constantly evolving and influenced by many external factors, such as building code revisions and changes to legislation,” said Jeremy Holm, director of development approvals for the City of Nanaimo.

“We are committed to continuous improvement and this review will provide an opportunity to consider options to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our work to better serve our customers and support the economy,” he said.

The review will include analysis of current building permit processes and other municipalities’ building processes. The city said it will also conduct interviews with representatives from the building industry and homeowners and business owners who have applied for building permits. Staff at various levels of the city will also be involved.

“Nanaimo is a great place to live, work, recreate and invest in — which is evident with the impressive development activity we have been experiencing. A review of the city’s building inspections section functions will help the building industry prosper and contribute to our city’s economic health and livability,” said Mayor Leonard Krog.

The city said the review will also build on improvements identified through the Development Process Review Committee, the Core Services Review and more recent process and technology improvements implemented following the COVID-19 pandemic declaration.

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