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Building permits and regulations are enforced by the City of Vancouver to ensure safety and livability for you, your neighbours, and future property owners and residents.
To keep Vancouver safe and liveable, we:
Our Services Centre has moved from City Hall East Wing to 515 West 10th Ave (at the northwest corner of Cambie St and West 10th Ave). The East Wing is now closed.
Free 2-hour parking is offered at the surface parking lot on West 10th Ave between Cambie St and Yukon St.
Select 'Show more' for a full list of the services available at the Services Centre.
Check in with staff on the ground floor about:
For complex developments including multiple dwellings, heritage buildings, and laneway houses, learn about the process and timeline.
Trying to avoid getting a permit to save money can end up costing you time, and money. If you are unsure whether or not you need a permit, call the Development and Building Services Centre at 604-873-7611.
The pages in this section will prepare you, so you can speak with your contractor with confidence, and have the information you need to get started.
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm
8:30am to 4:00pm
Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon
City inspectors can help you make sure that construction or renovation work is done safely, and complies with relevant bylaws.Learn about inspections
The City encourages safe and tidy construction activity that is—when necessary—approved with permits.Tell the City about a construction concern
Find out what permits you need, how to apply for them, how much they cost, and more.
Renovation or construction work done without a permit can be costly, if you should have had a permit for that work. Learn more here.
View and download the application forms or checklists for projects which will require a development permit, building permit, or development-building (combined permit).
Are you planning a renovation or building project in Vancouver? Find out if you need a permit, and what kind of permit(s) you need.
Get the developers' guide to building garbage and storage facilities to meet building code, and zoning and development bylaws.
Learn about the regulations that apply to construction and development in Vancouver, and the bulletins and advisories that update those regulations.
Find out what zone an address is in. Zoning districts have regulations stating what kind of development is allowed in that area.
View of map of Vancouver zoning districts. Find out what zone an address is in. Zoning districts have regulations stating what kind of development is allowed.
Each City of Vancouver zoning district has a corresponding district schedule in the Zoning & Development Bylaw, which describes the permitted land use and development for the area.
View data about construction-related activity in the City of Vancouver.