Anchor rod permit

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If you are digging a basement, underground parkade, or other large area next to a street or lane in Vancouver, you must reinforce the walls of the excavation. This will help ensure that the street or lane does not collapse into the excavation.

An anchor rod permit is issued as part of the building permit or development-building permit application process. 

The City is here to help

For specific information about your situation, call the Client Services Counter of Engineering Services. Our staff will help you determine which permits you need, and help navigate you through the process, so you can speak to your contractor with confidence.

Supporting documents

A detailed shoring plan prepared and sealed by a professional engineer is required with your anchor rod permit application.

Your shoring plan must show:

  • The depth, length, number, and location of all anchor rods
  • The length and width of the excavation “face” that is next to a street or lane
  • Which anchor rods will be removed, de-tensioned or fully grouted after excavation is complete, and which will remain
  • When the anchor rods will be removed, de-tensioned or fully grouted

Process and timeline

If you have not gotten an anchor rod permit from the City before, contact the Engineering Projects branch of Engineering Services. Staff there will advise you about what you need to do before you apply.

When you are ready to apply:

  1. Bring your completed application to the Client Services Counter of Engineering Services.
  2. Bring your shoring plan, prepared and sealed by a professional engineer.
  3. You may also need separate approvals from the utilities and telecommunications companies who have underground services in your area. You are responsible for coordinating these approvals. If you are unsure who to contact, Engineering Projects branch staff can help.
  4. Pick up your permit when it is approved in 2 to 3 weeks.

Download the application form 

Supporting documents

A detailed shoring plan prepared and sealed by a professional engineer is required with your anchor rod permit application.

Your shoring plan must show:

  • The depth, length, number, and location of all anchor rods
  • The length and width of the excavation “face” that is next to a street or lane
  • Which anchor rods will be removed, de-tensioned or fully grouted after excavation is complete, and which will remain
  • When the anchor rods will be removed, de-tensioned or fully grouted

Process and timeline

If you have not gotten an anchor rod permit from the City before, contact the Engineering Projects branch of Engineering Services. Staff there will advise you about what you need to do before you apply.

When you are ready to apply:

  1. Bring your completed application to the Client Services Counter of Engineering Services.
  2. Bring your shoring plan, prepared and sealed by a professional engineer.
  3. You may also need separate approvals from the utilities and telecommunications companies who have underground services in your area. You are responsible for coordinating these approvals. If you are unsure who to contact, Engineering Projects branch staff can help.
  4. Pick up your permit when it is approved in 2 to 3 weeks.

Download the application form 

Fees

The anchor rod permit fee has two parts:

Item  How the fee is calculated Amount 
Per-square-metre charge  Based on the area of the proposed excavation fare that will need anchor rods and is next to a street or lane.  $48.72 per square metre 
Damage deposit 

Based on the scope and complexity of the project. The deposit will be refunded if you provide satisfactory proof from a professional engineer that:

  1. All anchor rods have been removed, de-tensioned or fully grouted as indicated on the plans submitted and
  2. No damage has been caused to plant, property or utilities of the City or any utility company.

If the applicant is not able to provide professional certification that the approved plans have been complied with, you will have to register an encroachment agreement with the City, and will have on-going maintenance obligations related to that shoring system. 

Variable 

Tax is not charged on anchor rod permits.

Pay the square metre charge, and pay for or arrange the deposit, when you pick up the permit. You can pay by cash, cheque, credit card or debit.

Contact Client Services

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

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

Phone: 604-871-6730

engineering.clientservices@vancouver.ca