Certified Professional Program
The City of Vancouver has an alternate permit process known as the Certified Professional (CP) Program.
The program facilitates the issuance of building permits for new or existing buildings by taking on a review and inspection role on behalf of the City.
Under the Certification of Professionals Bylaw, the City can issue a building permit on the certification of a recognized registered professional architect or engineer.
How certified professionals expedite the permit process
Under the CP permit process, permit issuance can be staged, allowing construction to start earlier than otherwise – an advantage to building owners wanting to expedite their projects.
All required City approvals, such as the development permit, must be in place prior to issuance of a particular stage.
Certified professionals don't replace registered professionals normally involved in a construction project. CPs provide an additional level of Building Bylaw review traditionally carried out by City staff.