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Home, property, and development

Like many residents, your experience of the City may start with your home and property, and expand to the environment surrounding it.

From taxes and utilities to permits and licences, the City's services ensure:

  • Your home and community are safe
  • Neighbourhoods are sustainable, liveable, and accessible
  • A good quality of life is enjoyed by all Vancouver residents

City services

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Waste disposal and recycling

Learn about the City of Vancouver's waste disposal and recycling collection services, the Landfill and Transfer Station, and other recycling options.

Taking care of the environment, taking care of our future.

Water, sewer, and energy

Learn about Vancouver's water, sewer, and energy goals: to provide safe drinking water, conserve water, protect waterways, prepare for emergencies, and create eco-friendly community energy systems.

Your home

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Empty Homes Tax

Get information about the Empty Homes Tax (Vacancy Tax), how to declare your property, exemptions, and penalties.

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Property tax

Get information about property tax in Vancouver: how to pay your property tax and claim your home owner grant.

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Utility and landfill bills

Find information about utility bills and transfer and landfill bills - how and when you will be billed, infographics explaining your bill and how to pay your bill.


Building and renovating

Get green building guidelines, and keep your building and renovation projects up to code and on track.

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Fire safety

Keeping yourself, your family, and your home safe from a fire. Get prevention tips, apply for fire permits and inspections, and find out what to do after a fire.

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Property use, noise, and graffiti

Property use and maintenance is about balancing rights and responsibilities. Learn about the rules, what you can do if you have concerns, and who can help.

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Animals, trees, gardens, and lawns

Learn more about licenses, regulations, and resources for dogs and other pets, for backyard chickens, and for urban wildlife in Vancouver.

Building a better city

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Urban planning, zoning, and development

The City of Vancouver considers the implications of a wide range of social, economic, physical, and environment issues on the liveability of Vancouver.

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