Building Inspection is responsible for the regulation of construction, alteration, repair or demolition of buildings and structures within the capital region's three electoral areas (Juan de Fuca, Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands) to help ensure the safety and integrity of buildings and structures. Building Inspectors conduct inspections at various stages of construction and keep records on file for future reference. Beyond the immediate role of ensuring safe construction, these inspection records provide verification of building elements embedded within a building or structure, which helps to determine the value of a building. Building Inspectors can also assist with the preparation of a Building Permit Application.
Protective Services is focused on planning, administration and operation of public safety, emergency management and response, bylaw and animal care services at the regional, sub-regional and local level. Bylaw and Animal care respond to complaints, seek voluntary compliance and use regulatory and legal enforcement options to enforce bylaws. Emergency management services include Hazmat Response, 911 Call Answer, Regional Emergency Support, Fire Dispatch, Fire Protection, Management, and Search and Rescue.
Health & Capital Planning Strategies
The Health and Capital Planning Strategies Division provides overall administrative and operational support to the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) and the CRHD Board of Directors. The Regional Hospital District is an entity established by the Hospital District Act to provide through property taxation the local share of capital funding to construct, renovate and maintain health facilities and equipment in the region.
Affordable housing is the cornerstone of a healthy and economically strong community. In response to the need for accessible, attainable housing and support for our aging and vulnerable populations, the Regional Housing division provides low- and moderate-income individuals and families with safe, suitable housing solutions throughout the region. The Regional Housing division is divided into two service streams: Housing Policy and Programs and the Capital Regional Housing Corporation.
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Planning
The Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Planning Services division provides community planning and land use control services in the electoral area of Juan de Fuca. With substantial public involvement, the division prepares, administers and amends official community plans and zoning bylaws. The division reviews various external planning matters such as subdivision applications, Land Commission referrals and Crown Land referrals. With advice from an advisory commission, the division is also responsible for the acquisition, development and maintenance of community parks as well as the provision of community recreational programming. Working with a local operating committee, the division oversees operations and maintenance needs of the Port Renfrew Community Centre.
Regional & Strategic Planning
The Regional & Strategic Planning division supports planning and development activities in the capital region with information, research and strategic advice for the Board, member municipalities and other stakeholders. This division maintains a regional information base and provides value-added analysis of regional population, development, land use, transportation, housing and employment trends. This division also assists with the development, implementation, maintenance and update of a regional growth strategy and related initiatives.