Building inspection

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If you needed a building permit, a development permit, or a development-building permit to do construction-related work, several inspections are needed for most construction or renovation projects.

Timelines

  1. If an inspection request is received before 2:00pm on a business day, the inspection will be booked for the following business day.
  2. If an inspection request is received any time during the weekend or on a holiday, the inspection will be booked for two business days later.
  3. If you want to receive a confirmation call from the inspector before the inspection, leave your name and phone number when booking your inspection.
  4. The length of the inspection itself will vary, depending on how much work must be inspected, and what the inspector finds once on site.
  5. While on site, the inspector will note the results of the inspection directly on the approved plans, which should be kept on site in the provided inspection bag.

Booking an inspection

To book an inspection for permitted work, call one of the following:

  • 3-1-1 (outside Vancouver 604-873-7000)
  • the 24-hour Building Inspection line at 604-873-7058

When you request an inspection, have the following information on hand:

  • Permit Number
  • Address of inspection site
  • Type of inspection required

All requests made before 2:00pm will be booked for the following business day.

How to consult with an inspector

On-duty inspectors are available to answer questions and other inquiries. Visit the Development and Building Services Centre.

If you need to speak with a specific district inspector, book a 10-minute meeting. Call 3-1-1 (outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000) by 2:00pm to arrange your appointment for the next business day.

Meetings are scheduled between 8:30am and 9:30am or between 3:00pm and 4:00pm, depending on the inspector.

Call 3-1-1 to arrange and cancel appointments.

Other ways you can speak with inspectors:

  • Phone specific district inspectors during their business hours
  • Speak with them on-site during your inspection

Cancelling an inspection

To cancel an inspection

  1. Call 3-1-1. If you cancel before the cancellation deadline, you will receive a case number.
  2. Make sure that someone on site knows the case number so that they can give it to the inspector if the inspector shows up at the original time. This will help you avoid being charged a re-inspection fee.

If you do not cancel before the cancellation deadline, you may have to pay a re-inspection fee when you re-book.

Inspection day Cancellation deadline
Monday Before 2:00pm on Friday. If Friday was a holiday, before Thursday 2:00pm.
Tuesday Before 2:00pm on Monday. If Monday was a holiday, before Friday 2:00pm.
Wednesday Before 2:00pm on Tuesday.
Thursday Before 2:00pm on Wednesday.
Friday Before 2:00pm on Thursday.

Inspection fees

Inspection fees are included in the permit.

However, you will have to pay a re-inspection fee of $160.00 plus tax if:

  • You miss one or more meetings as a result of access 
  • The inspector finds incomplete work that had been identified on a previous inspection
  • The inspector finds too many non-compliances

Guide to permit- and inspection-related fees

View the schedule of fees and permits (400 KB)

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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Visit the Development and Building Services Centre at 515 W 10th Ave for:

  • Development and building enquiries 
  • Pre-booked appointments with planners
  • Trade, tree, and sign permits
  • Minor alteration permits
  • Tenant improvement program permits
  • Property research and building plan copies
  • Commercial parking permits 
  • Courier drop-offs
  • New business licences  

Phone: 604-873-7611

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday and Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

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Last modified: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:37:40