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Building permits issued in areas of North Shuswap impacted by 2023 wildfire

CSRD says permits issued for 12 projects, with 10 more in progress
Wildfire in Celista at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2023. (Photo contributed)

Building permits have been issued for areas of the North Shuswap impacted by last summer’s Bush Creek East wildfire.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) announced Tuesday, May 21, that the post-wildfire process of rebuilding had begun with the issuance of building permits for 12 projects, with 10 more in progress including the replacement of eight single-family homes.

“We are thrilled to have issued these building permits and see these residents move forward with their projects following the devastation caused by the Bush Creek East wildfire,” said CSRD development services general manager Gerald Christie in a CSRD media release. “Rebuilding is happening now in the North Shuswap, and we are committed to working through the necessary processes with property owners as quickly as possible.”

In addition to building permits, the CSRD said 11 development permits were issued, with another 11 in progress for rebuilding projects.

“Of the 233 properties affected by wildfire, approximately 109 will likely require a development permit prior to the issuance of a building permit,” said the CSRD, noting it has dedicated specific development services staff and resources to work with affected property owners and manage the expected increase in land-use and building permits this season.

“Residents are encouraged to contact the CSRD Development Services department directly for assistance in navigating the steps required for rebuilding,” said the CSRD. “Moving forward with any project will be easier if property owners understand the process and the timeline from the start.”

The CSRD said development services staff will review building ideas and work with property owners to explain all the regulations and requirements specific to the property. Staff can also suggest possible options for development.

As part of the process, other agencies such as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, BC Hydro or local water and sewage providers, may need to be engaged in the process.

“CSRD staff will also be able to advise property owners about any requirements,” said the regional district.

For more information, property owners may email or, call 250-832-8194 or visit the CSRD office at 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Appointments are recommended, but not required.

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