Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

A building bylaw will never make the ‘best seller’ list, but residents of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are being encouraged to read how the latest update will impact them.

The new document will take effect next month.

“Starting on April 1, there will be an excavation and footings inspection prior to concrete placement, which will put us in step with all of our neighbouring jurisdictions,” says RDEK Building Supervisor Kenley Barros. 

Additionally, there will be a non-refundable fee that will be required at the time of application submission. This cost will be deducted from the total building permit fee once the application is approved.

“The goal of this new fee is to partially recover the costs for incomplete applications, applications that cannot be approved, or applications that are cancelled prior to issuance,” Barros says.

The building bylaw has been updated to align with the standard template set by the Municipal Insurance Association of BC Building Bylaw. 

For more information on these changes, visit the RDEK website at