Shipping containers are prohibited in all residential neighbourhoods in Whistler, with the exception of limited temporary use for active construction projects with a building permit, moving, and some special events.
Shipping containers may be placed on industrial, commercial, institutional and resource use lands, and must comply with the municipal zoning bylaw and existing Building and Fire Code regulations.
Shipping containers are prohibited in all of the following zones:
- Residential Zones under Part 12 of Zoning Bylaw 303
- Multiple Residential Zones under Part 13 of Zoning Bylaw 303
- Tourist Accommodation Zones under Part 15 of Zoning Bylaw 303
- Tourist Pension Zones under Part 16 of Zoning Bylaw 303
- Lands North Zones under Part 17 of Zoning Bylaw 303
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Allowable Uses and Areas and Specific Requirements
Shipping containers may be placed:
- in industrial, commercial, institutional and resource use areas such as Function Junction and Nesters Crossing subject to complying with the permitted uses, gross floor area, floor space ratio, site coverage and setback;
- temporarily on construction sites if a building permit has been issued and the shipping container is removed once construction is completed, stopped or the building permit expires;
- temporarily on any parcel or the highway for construction or repair to public infrastructure; and
- temporarily on any parcel or the highway for a municipally-approved special event.
A single container may also be placed on a parcel for no more than 14 days to load/unload goods to permanently relocate a residential or commercial use. The moving enterprise must display their name on the container and hold both a business license and provincial commercial transport license.
The maximum permitted size of a shipping container is 8 feet x 40 feet x 8 feet high.
Venting is required in all shipping containers to reduce the risk of explosion. No services are to be provided to a shipping container except a maximum of 30 amperes of electricity connected with a weather proof extra-hard usage power supply cord and installed in accordance with the electrical requirements for factory-built re-locatable structures defined in the 2015 BC Electrical Code.