Below is a list of the construction-related permits that the City administers. These permits are grouped in the order you are likely to need them.
Call or visit the Development and Building Services Centre with questions or concerns about your permit application. 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.
Building permits in Vancouver are usually required for building or renovating. Read the requirements, learn about the bylaw, and download the application.
There are different types of development permits in Vancouver for different situations. Read the specifics, download the forms, and find contact info.
Simpler projects that need both development and building permits may qualify for a combined permit. View the requirements and download the application.
Alternative solutions (“equivalencies”) allow for flexibility in building construction. Read the requirements, view the fees, and more.
Demolishing a building in Vancouver often requires at least one permit. Find out the requirements for your project, including for reusing and recycling demolition materials.
Field reviews are an alternative permit-issuing process for small renovation projects which require a building permit. Learn more here.
If you need to use a fire hydrant for a specific purpose, such as construction or filming, you will need a fire hydrant use permit. Find out what other requirments you must meet.
Heritage alteration permits are needed for work on protected or designated structures or features. Read the requirements, find contact info and more.
A noise bylaw exception permit allows construction outside of the specified hours. Download the form, view the bylaw, find the fees, and more.
Learn about the Tenant Improvement Permit System (TIPs), an alternative permit-issuing process for renovation projects in leased commercial spaces.
This permit allows you to take out, move, or replace trees on your property. View the requirements, download the form, find contact information, and more.
This permit covers soil remediation and contaminated water discharge during construction. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, download the application.
An electrical permit is required for most work on electrical systems in Vancouver. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application.
A fire sprinkler permit is required for work on fire sprinkler systems in Vancouver. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application.
A gas permit is required to install or replace gas-powered appliances, pipes or vents. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, download the application.
A plumbing permit is required for most work on plumbing systems in Vancouver. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application.
Find out how to apply for permits to connect your new home, laneway house, or other building with the City of Vancouver's water, sanitary, and storm sewer services.
An occupancy permit is needed for most new buildings, and for some existing buildings. The permit confirms the building is safe and complies with bylaws and building codes.
Make it easy for firefighters and rescue workers to enter your building during an emergency: store your keys in a building lockbox.
A re-occupancy permit is needed for a building which had been declared unsafe. Read the requirements, download the form and more.
Underground storage tanks that haven't been used for two years must be removed. Find out the benefits of removing a UST, how to detect one on your property, and how to get a permit to remove it or safely abandon it in place.
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm
8:30am to 4:00pm
Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon
Need a permit for your business?
Go to the Doing Business section of the website.Business licenses and permits
Find out about the traffic control measures needed when doing construction or maintenance on or next to City streets.