Home, property, and development

Demolition permit with no recycling requirements

When taking down a house that was built in or after 1940, there is no required reuse and recycling rate.

You must have your building or development permit before you begin demolition work.

Use the tabs below for the requirements, application forms, and fees for demolition permits with no recycling requirements.

Commit to recycle, speed up the demolition permit process

Alternatively, you may voluntarily commit to reusing and recycling a miminum of 75% of demolition materials.

When you are meeting minimum reuse and recycling rates, you can get your demolition permit faster.

Process

  1. Prepare the following forms:
    Form Instructions
    Outright Development/Building Permit Application Form  (32 KB)  
    Contractor's Declaration for Demolition of One- and Two-family Homes  (73 KB) Have your contractor sign the declaration letter.
    Qualified Professional Declaration for Salvage and Abatement of Commercial, Industrial, or Residential Buildings Prior to Demolition  (130 KB) Have your contractor sign this declaration letter.
    Building Application Submission Requirements for the Demolition of One- and Two-family Homes  (110 KB)  
    Confirmation of Property's Use as a Rental Accommodation  (26 KB) Advanced permitting will not be approved for rental properties in accordance with the Zoning and Development Bylaw.
    Site profile form (BC Ministry of Environment) (50 KB) External website Complete the form using the guidance on completing site profile forms (BC Ministry of Environment) (310 KB) External website. If your project is exempt from completing a site profile, complete the site profile exemption declaration (50 KB).
  2. Submit the completed forms, supporting drawings, and permit fees listed in the Fees tab to the Development and Building Services Centre in person.
  3. The City reviews your development or building permit application for environmental considerations and impact on trees (both on City property and on private property).
  4. Receive your salvage and abatement permit.
    • Start removing non-structural salvageable building materials and hazardous building materials.
    • Track all work related to reuse, recycling, or disposing of building materials.
    • Keep your receipts.
  5. Have a qualified professional complete the Hazardous Materials Report Form PDF file (1.6 MB).
  6. Receive your development or building permit and your demolition permit. Begin demolishing the house.

Permit fees

The cost of a demolition permit has three components:

  1. The demolition permit fee
  2. The building permit fee
  3. The cost-of-work fee, based on the estimated retail cost of the demolition work.

 Note: These amounts only apply to the demolition permit itself. Other permits or licenses must be paid for separately, at the appropriate counter or department. The fees schedule has more information.

You pay the fees when you apply for the permit. You can pay by cash, cheque, debit, or credit.

Construction damage deposit

A construction damage deposit may also be required.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Phone
604-873-7611

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

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

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

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon