The Comox Valley Regional District offers a 25-100 percent rebate on planning applications and building permit fees for achieving Step 3 or higher of the BC Energy Step Code.
For new homes with permits dated after and including March 29, 2018:
|Step Code Achieved||Description||Rebate|
|Step 3||20% More Energy Efficient than BC Building Code;Comparable to Energy Star or Built Green||25%|
|Step 4||40% More Energy Efficient than BC Building Code; Comparable to R-2000||50%|
|Step 5||Net Zero Energy Ready||100%|
- To be eligible for a building permit rebate, the new residential building must achieve at least Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code.
- To be eligible for a planning application fee rebate, the proposed development must be led by a non-profit agency in good standing, and where the proposed development relates to the agency’s core services and aligns with the CVRD’s regional strategies or strategic priorities.
- The building permit application must be made on or after January 1, 2018.
How to Apply
- Pay all application and permit fees upfront.
- Once all necessary planning application approvals and final occupancies on building permits have been issued, complete the application form and submit along with supporting documents.
- For planning application rebates: staff will review the application and recommend a rebate amount (partial or full rebate) to the CVRD board. The CVRD board will review the application and determine the amount.
- For building permit rebates: staff will review the application, confirm eligibility and issue the applicable rebate.
- A complete application must be submitted within six months of the issuance of the last planning application approval and if applicable, final occupancy of the last building permit, whichever is later.
- Rebates are made in the same payment method and to the same payee as the original fee submission or by cheque if the original payment method is not available.
- An applicant is ineligible to apply for a rebate if any of the following criteria apply:
- The subject property has an active bylaw compliance file that is not being actively rectified;
- The applicant or the property owner has unpaid debts owed to the CVRD; or
- The development has started without any planning approvals or building permits.
- The following fees are not eligible for a rebate:
- Permit extensions;
- Development cost charges, other than those provided for as exemptions in the legislation;
- Cash in lieu of parkland dedication in subdivisions;
- Costs from independent professionals;
- Archive retrieval, and large scale photocopying and printing fees;
- Freedom of information administration fees;
- Advertising costs;
- Venue rentals;
- Fees levied by external organizations.
- Check out our rebate search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
Program Contact Information
- Comox Valley Regional District (250)-334-6000