Preparing a plan for a new house (one- and two-family dwellings "outright")

New construction in the City of Vancouver is regulated by three main bylaws:

  1. Zoning and Development Bylaw
  2. Parking Bylaw
  3. Vancouver Building Bylaw

New one- and two-family dwellings are relatively uncomplicated projects and it is possible to design a house that complies with the requirements set out in these three bylaws.

If your plans comply, they will be reviewed as outright development/building applications. The outright review process typically takes 3 to 4 months from the date of application and results in the issuance of a combined permit for both development and building.

Pre-application: preparing plans for a new house

The following information outlines the process you need to follow when preparing plans for a new house, prior to submitting a completed development application package for review and approvals.

If you have questions at any point during the pre-application process, call the supervisor of the One- and Two-Family Dwelling group at 604-873-7040, or visit the Development and Building Services Centre.

Application: submitting plans for review and approval

The Processing Centre - One- and Two-Family Dwellings - Outright reviews plans for the construction of new one- and two-family houses to ensure compliance with the Zoning and Development Bylaw, Vancouver Building Bylaw, and the Parking Bylaw.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning


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

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

Contact Client Services

5th floor, Crossroads
507 West Broadway
(at Cambie St)
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0B4

Monday to Friday
(except holidays)
8:30am to 5:00pm

Phone: 604-871-6730