Addressing staff assign and maintain the records for numbering of buildings and suites within the City of Vancouver to facilitate Emergency response, mail delivery, and for the general public in locating a specific building.
The group also serves as a resource to many other Civic departments, external public authorities, private companies, and act as a liaison between the City and architects, developers and homeowners with respect to building and suite addressing for new and existing buildings.
Bylaw requirements for building numbers
Size, location, assignment and visibility of addressing and suite numbers
All secondary suites must now have an address. Owners who had an approved secondary suite prior to January 19, 2010 may now request an address for their suite. The request must be made in writing by the registered owner.
In some cases, numbering on the block may be limited, and suite numbers will be assigned to both the principal dwelling unit and the secondary suite.
Change of property, building, or suite address
All requests for change of address for a building or suite number must be made in writing by the registered property owner (or purchaser with proof of accepted sale and possession date).
- The fees is $806.00, payable by cheque to the City of Vancouver. Requests in person may also be paid by cash, credit card, or debit card, between 8:30am and 4:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and between 8:30am and 4:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Download a Request for Change of Building Address form (229 KB)
Change of mailing address
- Requests for changing your mailing address for Tax and Water, and BC Assessment have to go directly to BC Assessment Authority
- Requests for changing your mailing address for yor business go to the Business License office
Download the Business License Change of Information Forms (203 KB)
As a result of site subdivision or development, new streets (public and private) may be created, and existing streets may be extended or closed. Recommended street names for public streets are forwarded for approval to City Council by the Civic Asset Naming Committee.