Development Guidelines

Development Guidelines

From land-use planning through subdivision to development and building, the District of Stewart is committed to ensuring smart growth that balances the social, economic and environmental needs of our community.  It is our goal to ensure your development contributes to District's economic, physical, social and environmental quality of life.  We believe this is important, high-value work and have established a number of processes to address this mandate.

A number of considerations must be taken into account if looking to develop in the District of Stewart. Please contact the CAO for further information.

New regulations for BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Code and BC Fire Code are effective December 20, 2012.

The introduction of the 2012 BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Code and BC Fire Code on December 20, 2012 brings a number of changes for new construction and building alterations, as well as fire safety in new and existing buildings.

Changes include:

  • Seismic requirements for new homes,
  • Requirement for a smoke alarm in every bedroom,
  • Ability for people with cognitive or physical limitations to occupy three-storey wood-frame buildings with sprinklers,
  • New method for sizing water pipes in buildings,
  • Ability for rainwater to be collected and used in non-potable water systems,
  • Updated fire sprinkler standards, and
  • Introduction of a new exit sign symbol (the running man symbol).

The codes establish minimum standards for health, safety, accessibility, energy, fire and structural protection of buildings.  They also address water efficiency and protection of buildings from fire, water and sewer damage.  The building and plumbing codes apply throughout the province except for some federal lands and the City of Vancouver, while the fire code applies throughout the province.

The codes can be obtained through print and online subscription from the Queen’s Printer. Visit www.bccodes.ca or call 1-800-663-6105 for information. The building code is also available for reference for free at public libraries.

Premier Outlines Plan to Restart BC Safely

POSTED: May 6, 2020

To view the full newsbrief, please click on this link.

Information Bulletin:  Province-wide Fire Ban

POSTED: April 8, 2020

Please see the attachments below for more information regarding the fire ban:

Additional information from BC Firesmart:   Wildfire Prevention

COVID-19:  PUBLIC NOTICES & INFORMATION PAGE

POSTED: April 6, 2020

Visit this page to view various notices, updates and information.

Essential Worker Appreciation

POSTED: April 30, 2020

The District of Stewart invites everyone to join us in creating expressions of gratitude to our Frontline Heroes by creating signs for our front yards - see the attached poster for all the details!

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: October 22, 2019

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 23, 2019

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

Dedication of “Family Quiet Room” at the Stewart Health Centre

POSTED: July 18, 2019

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation