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A construction worker balances on a roof beam. The District of Sooke is streamlining its building permit process to allow for quick turnarounds. (File – Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke is making huge strides in reducing building permit delays

City staff have approved 40 applications in the past three weeks

The district of Sooke says it is catching up with a backlog of building permits that has delayed construction of new homes for months.

District staff have approved 40 applications in the past three weeks.

The district is reviewing all aspects of its development approvals process to better support residents with projects such as home renovations and using surplus revenue from building permit fees, as well as a provincial grant.

A building inspector was hired in February at excess fees to help clear the existing backlog while implementing the new software and conducting a systematic review.

“We are making tremendous progress,” said Norm McInnis, district administrative manager.

“We are also taking a closer look at administrative requirements, including building codes and our own building regulations, to improve operational practices in the near term. These changes will be combined with improved technology as a longer term solution. »

There are currently 40 applications in the queue; 17 are in progress, meaning district staff have all the information they need to begin the referral process; 18 are pending with additional information needed to determine if any outstanding items need to be addressed before the case can proceed to referral.

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