Municipal Records

Appraisal cards

Appraisal cards were created by the Municipality prior to the establishment of the BC Assessment Authority in 1974 in order to document the value of land and improvements throughout Oak Bay for taxation purposes. Appraisal cards for most properties in Oak Bay are available for reference at the Archives. The cards will generally include date of construction, builder, additions, floor plan and an exterior photograph.


Assessment Rolls

Tax assessment rolls include the name of the property owner, legal property description (Section/Block/Lot), property size, and assessed value. Assessment rolls prior to 1920 are available to view at the Archives. The 1907 and 1912 ledgers have been transcribed by Oak Bay Archives volunteers and are available as pdf files below:


Building Permits

Oak Bay Archives: Building Permit Ledgers, 1909-1971

Ledger number

Permit number

Start date

End date


24 to 4649

21 May 1909

15 Sep 1942


4650 to 7151

29 Sep 1942

29 May 1953


7152 to 9592

1 Jun 1953

28 Aug 1959


9593 to 12083

1 Sep 1959

9 Dec 1965


12084 to 15474

13 Dec 1965

17 Sep 1971


A volunteer project is currently underway to transcribe the building permit records.  Building permit data for dwellings built before 1917 is available below: