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Building grades for sidewalk and street elevation

A building grade is an official indication of the design elevation along the property line to ensure that:

  • Buildings do not exceed the height limits of zoning regulations
  • Entrances for proposed buildings come level with existing or future city sidewalks, driveways, curbs, and streets
  • Water drains from the site without causing damage


When you need a building grade

How to apply

When you design building grades


  • Building grade survey standards
  • Building grade design guidelines

When we design building grades

Processing time


Property length Review fee Design fee
Up to 31 m $342.00 $806.00
31 – 90 m $459.00 $918.00
90 – 150 m $571.00 $1,367.00
150 – 300 m $801.00 $2,055.00
300 m or longer $1,260.00 $2,973.00

 Property length is measured along the street, lane, easement, right-of-way, or a combination of these.

The review fee covers the City’s costs to:

  • Do an initial review of the application
  • Do a detailed review of the your building grade survey and design
  • Accept the final building grade plan

The design fee covers the additional costs for survey and design work when the City will be completing designs.

Contact Client Services about building grades

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


Building grades application