Building and renovating
Vancouver Council and staff are always working to make the City's homes and buildings safer, healthier, and more accessible for all residents.
We work with other departments, levels of government, professional associations, and the public to:
- Reduce the carbon footprint created by Vancouver's homes
- Reduce the waste generated through building and renovating
- Enhance the safety and comfort of all residents, through inspections, permits, and regulations
- Enable improved design, construction, and operation of buildings
- Review alternate solutions to requirements in the City's building code
Access guidelines, policies, grants, and resources about green building and renovating to lower your energy costs. See Vancouver's top EnerGuide homes for 2014.
Permits and regulations for building and renovating play an important role in supporting life safety and neighbourhood compatibility. Learn more here.
Most Vancouver construction / renovation projects require a construction damage deposit. Find out the fee, when / how you pay it, and how to get a refund.
Inspections ensure the completed work on your construction or renovation project complies with your permit and the bylaw.
Find out how utilities locations can impact your construction project, and what you can do.
Learn how to get copies of building plans, permits, and file research letters with property records like outstanding bylaw orders, zoning, approved use, issued permits, and more.
Own a heritage home or character home and want to do a renovation, restoration, or addition? Read our guide to learn about possible requirements of the 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw and to plan your project.
Read the bylaw guide
Create a home that is healthy, money-saving, and is easy on the environment, with the City's series of 9 green home renovation guides.
Get the guides
The Passive Design Toolkit for Homes helps you build a home that harnesses the sun, wind, and other elements to maintain consistent room temperatures and comfort, without expensive mechanical systems.
Get the Toolkit