Awning permit

All awnings in Vancouver require permits. If the awning is installed on the outside of commercial or industrial buildings, at the level of the first floor or below, you will need an awning permit. Awnings on other types of buildings (including private homes), or higher than the first floor, will require a development permit and / or a building permit.

If the property is on the Vancouver Heritage Register, a heritage alteration permit is also needed. You do not need to apply for this permit. Heritage department staff will review your application and, if it qualifies, will issue the permit.

If you want to light your awning, you will need to apply for an electrical permit separately. You can apply for the electrical permit at the same time as the awning permit.

If you want to hang a sign underneath your awning, you will need a separate sign permit for that.

Requirements

Basic requirements

To apply for an awning permit, you need to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • An unaltered photo of the building elevation or property frontage where you want the awning to go
  • Two sets of awning drawings, to scale, showing the proposed copy (text) and artwork for each face (side) of the awning
  • Two sets of structural engineer's drawings

The information sheet has specific requirements for these drawings.

Additional requirements

We may require additional information if you are applying for a permit for these types of signs:

  • All fixed-frame and retractable awnings
  • All awnings weighing more than 200 lbs (91 kgs)
  • Any other signs where City staff are concerned with the structural integrity of the sign

Process and timeline

Register for an online account and submit your application.

You may also bring your application to the Development and Building Services Centre (see contact on this page).

If your application is complete and falls within the requirements of the bylaw, your permit will be issued once all of the documents are reviewed. Document review usually takes about 1 week.

Fee

Item Fee 
Awning permit  $182.00 

You pay for the permit when you apply for it. If you are applying by mail or courier, include a cheque payable to the City of Vancouver. If you are applying in person, you can pay by cheque or credit card.

The fee for an electrical permit, if you wish to light your awning, will vary. The fees schedule has all of the details.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Phone
604-873-7611

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon