Fast Track reduces permit wait time: City

The City says its Fast Track program is decreasing the time it takes for residents and business owners to receive building permits. Nearly half of shed, pool fence, deck, plumbing and second suite permit applications received since last September have qualified for the Fast Track program.
“We’re continually refining our processes so residents can make home improvements more quickly and easily,” Andrea Bourrie, Director of Planning and Building Services, is quoted saying. “The Fast Track program is getting permits in applicants’ hands faster than ever before, which means residents can build their deck or enclose their pool earlier to get the most out of it during the warmer months.”
More than 150 applications have been fast tracked, cutting the processing times by 50 per cent or more, according to a City release:

  • Sheds, pool fences, decks and plumbing went from 2 weeks to same day issuance;
  • Second suite application times are down from 3 weeks to 1; and,
  • Interior alterations for commercial buildings is down from 4 weeks to 2.

The Fast Track program was initially introduced last September for second suites, decks, pools, plumbing, water and sanitary repairs and some accessory buildings. In May, interior alteration permits for commercial buildings was added to the program.
Details and guidelines available through the Industrial and Residential Building permits pages