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.

November is Adoption Awareness Month

POSTED: November 15, 2018

At the November 13, 2018 Regular Council meeting, Council made a motion to join the Province in proclaiming November as Adoption Awareness Month.

Water Quality Advisory

POSTED: November 14, 2018

There have been reports from residents (Nov 14 2018) experiencing brown or discoloured water in the community.  If your household is experiencing this issue, please allow your cold water tap to run until the water clears.  Additionally, please see the attached Water Quality Advisory notice (still in effect) with information and recommendations.  

Call for Nominations:  Board of Variance

POSTED: November 13, 2018

The District of Stewart is looking for interested people to sit on its Board of Variance.  This board is appointed by Council for a term of 3 years.  The board meets only when needed and fulfils the duties as per Bylaw #881, 2014 and according to the Local Government Act, Sec. 899.  Please see the attached notice for more information.

2018 Christmas Card Competition-DEADLINE EXTENDED

POSTED: October 23, 2018

For those that were hoping to submit an entry, GOOD NEWS - the deadline has been extended until Monday, November 19 at 4:30pm. So, all of you local artists and photographers still have time to participate by submitting your original artwork or photograph to the District office.
For more details, please read the Christmas Card Competition link.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

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: February 21, 2018

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

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