Building Services

Effective April 1, 2024

Building Regulation Bylaw No. 3254, 2023

As of April 1st, 2024, the Regional District of East Kootenay has updated its Building Bylaw and application process.

Two of the updates include an additional stage of inspection and amended fee structure. There will also be an excavation and footings inspection required, prior to concrete placement, similar to all neighbouring jurisdictions.

Additionally, a non-refundable fee will be required at the time of application submission.  This cost will be deducted from the total building permit fee once the application is approved. The goal of the changes is to partially recover the costs for incomplete applications, applications that cannot be approved or applications that are cancelled prior to issuance.

For more information on these updates, contact:

Kenley Barros
RDEK Building Supervisor
(250) 489-2791
[email protected]

As part of the Development Services Department, the RDEK is responsible for the following building related services:

  • building, plumbing, moving and demolition permits, mobile home placement and inspections
  • bylaw enforcement
  • wood burning appliance permits and inspections

The Building Department works out of both the Cranbrook and Columbia Valley offices:

  • The Cranbrook Office looks after Electoral Areas A, B, C, & E. 
  • The Columbia Valley office looks after the Upper Columbia Valley, Electoral Areas F and G.

Contact us:

Email: [email protected]

Cranbrook Office Phone: 250-489-2791

Cranbrook Office Toll Free Phone (BC/AB): 1-888-478-7335

Columbia Valley Office: 250-342-0063


Our Building Department Staff

(use general email above to contact):

Cranbrook Office:

  • Michele Bates, General Manager of Development & Protective Services 
  • Kenley Barros, Building Supervisor
  • Tracy McGuire, Building Inspector
  • Corey Nee, Building Inspector
  • Brett Kormos, Building Inspector
  • Debbie Pighin, Compliance Officer
  • Corinna Penner, Development Services Secretary

Columbia Valley Office:

  • Stuart Morgotch, Building Inspector
  • Andre Kreutzer, Building Inspector
  • Kim O'Farrell, Compliance Officer
  • Krista Konchak, Building & Engineering Services Secretary

Last edited: Fri, May 31, 2024 - 1:42:50