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COVID Impacts to Building Inspection & Permits

Please note: City staff are adapting our inspection processes to deal with the COVID exposures both in our organization and in the community at large. In an effort to complete as many inspections as possible, some in-person inspections will be transitioned to video based inspections.  When booking an inspection, please ensure that you provide your email and cell phone number that will be with you at the time of the inspection (please ensure that you have the MS Teams app installed on your phone).  If your inspection will be conducted via video you will be contacted on the day of the inspection. Depending the location of your project in Maple Ridge we may have to look at alternative approaches. We appreciate your understanding as we work through this period of time.

Reduced staffing levels have had an impact on processing times for permits and we have enacted extraordinary measures to address the delays for files that are in our system. We recognize that timing is critical in the construction industry and have focused staff resources on plan checking so that permits are issued as quickly as possible. We have made progress on the volume of work that has been delayed and are reaching out to you for assistance in helping us focus on this work.

Experienced staff have been redeployed from answering our phone line and we ask that customers use for all enquiries until further notice. Responses are being prioritized but it may take a few days for us to respond. We recognize that the delays in our usual processing times are a source of frustration. Those key staff who tested positive are now at various stages of recovery and, in the coming weeks, we expect more staff to return to work to supplement the team that has been focused on getting your projects reviewed.

There are a large number of online resources on the City’s website and we recommend that you go to to view the eServices available.

We ask for your understanding as we deal with this unusual situation and will reach out if we have questions about your file or when your permit is ready.

A permit is a document that describes and authorizes construction or alteration to take place in accordance with the plans and specifications that have been submitted for acceptance by the City of Maple Ridge. Maple Ridge's Building Bylaw applies to all construction, alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation and occupancy of all new and existing buildings and structures. All buildings are subject to:

  • Review of the application for compliance with our local bylaws and provincial codes
  • On-site inspections to make sure the work is being done correctly
The successful completion of the permit process results in the building receiving final approval. The permit becomes part of the permanent record in the property file. This information is important to future property owners since it assures them that the work was done in accordance with applicable zoning, health and life-safety regulations.

To determine the zoning of your property, check online at Ridgeview Online Mapping.

Applying for Permits

Permits must be applied for in person at the Permits counter at the City of Maple Ridge (please note that permits can not be applied for by fax or email). As there are several different types of permits, we have put together guides and checklists to assist you in preparation of your application. Permit application forms can be obtained by mail, fax, online or in person at the permits counter at City Hall. 

Please click here t
o access all of our current online services.


Information required to book an inspection: 
  • Permit number
  • Site address
  • Type of inspection requested 
  • All electrical inspections and final gas inspections require a picture or scan of the signed original declaration. 
Inspections can be booked via email, online or fax at 604-467-7461.


Permit fees are based on the costs involved in constructing a project. The fees include costs to process the permit, plan checking / review and inspections carried out by the City of Maple Ridge's building, plumbing / gas and electrical inspectors. If it becomes necessary to make changes to a permit already issued or if you require additional inspections, it may be necessary to pay additional fees.
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Click here ( to request an inspection. This service is for all permit types and is currently replacing the 24 hour inspection phone line. For electrical inspections and gas final inspections you will now be completing the declaration on-line as part of the request process. Once the request has been scheduled in the system you will receive a confirmation email.


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