Building & Development

Development Services are provided by the department of Community Sustainability.

Manager of Community Sustainability Aaron Rodgers
Planner Peter Thicke
Building Inspector Nicholas Henderson

Building Permits and Development Applications

The District is committed to continuing to provide building inspection services during the Covid-19 public health emergency so long as we are able to ensure the safety of our workers and the public. As the District Office is closed to the public, completed building permit applications, plans, and documents can be submitted in person by appointment only. Be sure to include a cheque for the processing fee along with your application. Alternatively, applications can be couriered to 121 Third St. Tofino, BC V0R2Z0.

To Make An Appointment: Please email or call the main office at 250-725-3229 ext. 608.

To limit contact, please follow the drop off instructions provided to you when booking your appointment. 
Please note that only complete submissions will be processed. Read the Building Permit Checklist to ensure you have a complete submission. If information is missing, staff will contact you by phone or email.  

Once your application has been processed you will receive instructions by email regarding fee payment and receiving your permit documents. For more information please contact the Building Inspector at or by calling 250-726-6349.

Are you clearing a lot? Taking down trees?

Consider donating your large wood to Central Westcoast Forest Society for their in-stream salmonid habitat restoration. 

Building permits are required for new buildings as well as changes to existing buildings. If you're ready to get started on your new development or home renovation, applying for the proper permits is your first step. See the sections below for building & development applications and resources.

NEW: Download the Building Permit Guide to see a description of necessary forms and processes.

NEW: Learn about the BC Energy Step Code, effective in Tofino as of January 31, 2020.

The following forms must be submitted for ALL Building Permits:

  1. Building Permit Checklist 
  2. Building Permit Application
  3. Owner's Declaration and Authorization of Agent

Building Inspection

The District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet share a building inspector. Building Inspetion services are provided in Tofino on:

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Friday

We require at least 24 hours notice to book an appointment with the Building Inspector.
To schedule an inspection, please contact :

Nicholas Henderson
(T) 250-725-3229 (702)
(C) 250-726-6349

Bylaws and Specifications

Visit our Online Bylaws or contact us to request full copies of the following:

Maps and GIS

Click Here for Zoning and Civic Address maps, and access to the District of Tofino Public GIS Portal.

Community Projects

Additional Information & Reports

Contact Us

Manager of Community Sustainability
(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 701
(F) 250-725-3775