Not just permits to look into but bylaws for such 'structures'. I've seen a couple in my neighbourhood, but if reported to municipality, they have to be removed.
Time is running out for temporary structures in the District of North Vancouver.
Last week the municipality announced it will begin cracking down on portable car tents and other such structures, on the grounds that they violate building and zoning bylaws and create fire and safety hazards.
Al Karimabadi, the district’s manager of permits and licences, says portable structures have been an ongoing problem in North Van neighbourhoods, but notes that recently they’ve been “mushrooming out of the ground left and right.”
As a result, bylaw officers are now taking a proactive approach by targeting the structures district-wide.
Karimabadi says temporary structures break bylaws for a number of reasons, including their inability to withstand wind, snow, and earthquakes.
“A wind storm could lift one of these tents off and send it into a nearby yard or the street,” says Karimabadi. “It could injure someone or cause damage to another person’s property.”
Karimabadi says some residents use the temporary structures when repairing vehicles in the yard. But doing so often means tools and fuel are stored inside, creating a fire hazard for not only the property owner, but neighbours as well.
“They are almost always erected too close to the side lot of the property or the street,” adds Karimabadi.
Anyone with a temporary structure currently on their property is asked to remove it immediately.
Those with further questions about the district’s bylaws can call the building department at 604-990-2480 or visit www.dnv.org