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.

The BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Code and BC Fire Code should be consulted for new construction and building alterations, as well as fire safety in new and existing buildings.

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 or call 1-800-663-6105 for information. The building code is also available for reference for free at public libraries.