Building Inspection


Building Officials are responsible for building inspections mandatory under the Cowichan Valley Regional District Building Bylaw. These inspections are required at various stages of construction, and the inspection records are kept on file by the Building Official for future reference. Inspection records provide an independent third party verification of no longer visible building elements located within a building or structure.

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Building Inspectors

A/Building Inspector
Electoral Area ‘B’ (Shawnigan Lake/Cowichan Station side of Kosilah River)
Phone: 250.746.2620
Norman Knodel, RBO
Senior Building Inspector
Electoral Areas ‘D’, ‘G’, & ‘H’ (Cowichan Bay, Saltair / Gulf Islands, and North Oyster / Diamond)
Phone: 250.746.2609
Ian MacDonald, RBO
A/Chief Building Inspector
Electoral Areas ‘E’, ‘F’, & ‘I’ (Cow Stn / Sahtlam / Glenora, Cow Lk South / Skutz Falls, and Youbou / Meade Creek)
and B (west side of Koksilah River)
Phone: 250.746.2606
Gary Anderson
Building Inspector
Electoral Areas ‘A’ & ‘C’ (Mill Bay / Malahat and Cobble Hill)
Phone: 250.746.2627

Gord Shewchuk
Plan checker 
Phone: 250.746.2629 
Robert Blackmore, MSc, BSc
Manager Inspections and Enforcement
Phone: 250.746.2625

***Update August 2017***

The Building Bylaw was recently updated and a number of changes have been introduced including;

Double permit fee for building without a permit

$1000 fines for infractions against the building bylaw

Please review the new building bylaw here: Building Bylaw 3422