Inspections

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Building permits

Inspections ensure that renovation or construction work complies with the relevant bylaws, and meets the City's goals around life safety, accessibility, green buildings, and more.

Inspections also ensure the work done matches the work described under the permit.

Because of the complexity of modern buildings and technologies, several inspections of the plumbing and elecrical systems, and of the building structure itself, are often required.

Builders: Avoid delays and additional fees

Get our comprehensive step-by-step guide to building and trades inspections, "1 & 2 Family Dwelling Inspection Stages," and learn how to properly prepare for inspections.

This guide includes an overview of each of the required inspection stages, along with in-depth details that show you exactly what you need to have ready for each inspection.

Inspections

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Building inspection

Buildings have many elements that need to be inspected. Read the requirements or the bylaw, and find contact info for building inspections in Vancouver.

Draintile

Draintile inspection

Learn about draintile inspections in Vancouver.

Power pole

Electrical inspection

Electricity is powerful so it must be handled wisely. Read the requirements, find contact info, and more for electrical inspections in Vancouver.

Fire sprinkler

Fire sprinkler inspection

Read the requirements, view the bylaw, find contact information, and more for fire sprinkler inspections in Vancouver.

Flames

Gas installation inspection

Gas is a popular household fuel which needs to be handled carefully. View the requirements and contact info for gas installation inspections in Vancouver.

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Plumbing inspection

Modern plumbing is very complex. Plumbing inspections help ensure it's done right. Learn about plumbing inspections in Vancouver, and find contact info.

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Rock pit inspection

Learn about rock pit inspections in Vancouver.

Concrete sidewalk

Sidewalk inspection

Learn about sidewalk inspections in the City of Vancouver.

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Tree-related inspection

The Protection of Trees bylaw sets steps to reduce the construction impact on trees. A tree-related inspection will check that the work was done properly.

Inspections which can involve both public and private property

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Sewer inspection

Find out the process for booking City of Vancouver inspectors to ensure that your sewer connection meets the current standards.

Concrete sidewalk

Sidewalk inspection

Learn about sidewalk inspections in the City of Vancouver.

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Tree-related inspection

The Protection of Trees bylaw sets steps to reduce the construction impact on trees. A tree-related inspection will check that the work was done properly.

Inspections for special circumstances

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Special inspection

Sometimes buildings need full inspections even when no work has been done. Read about special inspections in Vancouver and find contact info.

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Schedule an inspection

If your permitted construction or improvements are finished, you can arrange to have a City inspector come to your site.

To schedule your inspection, call 3-1-1.

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Phone
604-873-7611

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Development and Building Services Centre
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515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

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