Field review

Construction site inspector with checklist

Field reviews are part of an alternative permit-issuing process for small renovation projects which will not require major upgrading but which do require a building permit.

The City is here to help

For information specific to the proposed project on your property, call the Development and Building Services Centre at 604-873-7611. Our staff will help you determine which permits you need, and help you navigate through the process, so you can speak to your contractor with confidence.

 Field review projects are required to comply with the energy requirements of the Vancouver Building Bylaw. Item 2 below links a document that outlines these requirements and exemptions.

Process and timelines

 Starting January 11, 2016, you need to submit energy documents when you apply for your permit. Learn more in step 2.

  1. Call 604-873-7611 and book an appointment.  Book an appointment to get help with your application and to submit your application.
  2. Review the energy requirements for field review projects (131 KB)
  3. Bring your application, relevant checklists, and supporting documents to your appointment.
  4. Development and Building Services Centre staff will review your application. They will let you know if your project qualifies for the field review process.
  5. If your project does not qualify, your application will be directed to the standard permit-issuing process. If your project does qualify, staff will review the rest of your application.
  6. If your original application is complete, the field review can be completed within about four weeks (dependent on application volume). You will be notified that the review is complete.  
  7. After you receive your notification, contact 3-1-1 to arrange an inspection. 3-1-1 will leave a message for the inspector and the inspector will contact you to confirm the date of the Field Review.
  8. The inspector will bring your drawings to the site when they conduct the inspection.
  9. Where appropriate, the inspector will authorize issuance of your permit. The inspector may add conditions to the permit if needed.
  10. We will notify you when your permit is ready for pick up.

The length of the inspection itself will vary, depending on how much work must be inspected, and what the inspector finds once on site.

Inspection fees

Inspection fees are included in the permit.

However, you will have to pay a re-inspection fee of $163.00 plus GST 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)

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

Think you might need a permit?

Get the permit, do the work, and get the inspection — that's the ideal process for construction.

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