North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has announced that the municipality is again accepting and processing building, subdivision and land development applications. (File photo)

North Cowichan accepting development applications again

Municipality had ceased accepting applications during COVID-19 crisis

The Municipality of North Cowichan began accepting and processing building, subdivision and land development applications again as of April 9.

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, a press release from the municipality said North Cowichan has been working to resume services in a safe, cautious way that complies with orders from senior levels of government and the Provincial Health Officer.

Applications for building permits may be submitted by mail, left in the drop-box at the lower entrance to the municipal hall between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on regular business days, or submitted electronically.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the municipality asks that people be aware that application processing times may be delayed due to increased safe work practices to protect staff and the public.

Prior to submitting an application, municipal officials are asking people to contact them to confirm application requirements and submission procedures.

Call 250-746-3102 for building permit applications, or email to Building@northcowichan.ca.

For subdivision applications, call 250-746-3103 or email Engineering@northcowichan.ca.

For land development applications, call 250-746-3104 or email Planning@northcowichan.ca.

“I want to thank everyone for their patience as we resume more services,” said mayor Al Siebring.

“While some things may take longer or look different, we are trying to operate as close to business as usual during this challenging time.”

For more information on North Cowichan’s ongoing response to COVID-19, visit its webpage at www.northcowichan.ca/COVID19, or follow the municipality on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northcowichan.

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