The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) provides regulations and services related to building, land use planning and development for property owners, developers, commercial tenants, contractors and realtors.
Building a deck, constructing an addition, converting an existing space or designing a renovation? Most renovation, construction, building and development projects require a permit before the work can begin. Without proper permits, renovations can negatively impact the resale value of the property. Most importantly, permits are required for safety – the permit process helps to ensure projects are safe for occupancy and meet safety standards.
The building season in Whistler is short. Plan early and contact Municipal Hall before creating project designs. Initiate the permit process as soon as possible to ensure the project stays on track.
All construction in Whistler Village must adhere to the Whistler Village Construction Management Strategy and construction that is considered to jeopardize the use of public areas in Whistler Village shall not be carried out between Canada Day and Labour Day of the same year.
This brochure provides an overview of the building and development permit process.
Permits are required from the RMOW to construct, add to or renovate a building on your property. In cases where the project includes the exterior of the building (i.e. not solely the interior), a Development Permit from the Planning Department may be required prior to starting the Building Permit process.
Visit Building for information on:
- Building Permits
- Property Information Requests
- Building Permit Inquiries
- Legitimizing Existing Floor Area
- Plumbing Permits
- Fireplace Permits
- Demolition Permits
- Retaining Structures
- Solar Hot Water Ready Regulations
- Bear Smart Guidelines for Construction Sites
The RMOW guides land use and administers permits for various kinds of development through its Planning Department. In general, all commercial, industrial and multi-family residential development in Whistler requires a Development Permit, as will any development on ecologically sensitive lands.
Visit Planning for information on:
- Active Development Applications
- Application Forms
- Current Applications
- Development Permits
- Zoning and Land Use Contracts
- Official Community Plan
- Bylaw Variances
- Section 910 (Floodplain) Exemptions
- Sign Permits
- Antenna Systems
Visit Engineering Permits for information on other permits that may be required.
Tree Cutting Permits
Visit Trees for information on tree cutting permits that may be required.
Search for permits that have been applied for or issued for Whistler properties.