B.C. announces online building permit hub to speed up homebuilding across province

The Canadian Press The British Columbia government says a new online “hub” will speed up building permit processes across jurisdictions. Premier David Eby says “slow and complicated” building permit processes have delayed housing development at a time when it’s urgently needed. The province says the digital building permit system will be a “one-stop shop” for local building permits, and 12 municipalities and two First Nations governments are part of the first pilot phase of the new system. Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon says the new system is unique in North America and aims to cut wait times for builders by standardizing requirements that suffer from inconsistencies in different communities. Eby says builders have seen interest rates rise dramatically, and holding land while awaiting building permits creates a significant cost. Kahlon says…

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