Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Pre-construction costs

Your builder should look after everything related to the process of obtaining the building permit, these pre-construction costs include:

Building Plans: $2,000 to $5,000
Structural Engineering for foundations and or walls: $2,000 to $5,000
Geotechnical reports for soil conditions: $1,000 - $2,000
Site plan and site surveys: $500 - $2000
New Home Warranty Registration $2,000 - $5,000
Permit application fees: $150 - $4,500
Building permit fee: $2,500 - $15,000

Owners considering a land purchase should also be aware of the following as items, your realtor and or builder can help you contact the local planning authority to determine if any of the following applies
  • Due to the history of wild fires in the Okanagan, many building sites have been noted as wild fire zones.  These regions may require special assessments from qualified environmental firms and may require removal of lower branches and or thinning of trees near the proposed location of the home.
  • Hillside Development may limit road grades to allow access for emergency vehicles and this can have a notable effect on the cost driveway and road construction and or surfacing.
  • Environmental concerns such as Riparian Area (water ways and associated wildlife habitat) assessments will add to the cost of construction.
  • Privately held lands can be subject to excavation restrictions by the Archaeological Branch and may be subject to review by First Nations.
  • Existing or new water wells, water treatment requirements and septic fields
  • Covenants on the property