Re-occupancy permit

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A re-occupancy permit is needed for a building which has been declared unsafe.

 NOTE: This page describes the process only for former marijuana grow operations. For buildings that were declared unsafe for any other reason, please contact the Development and Building Services Centre directly.

The permit indicates that the building is now safe for people, and complies with all relevant bylaws.

The City is here to help

For specific information about your situation, contact the Development and Building Services Centre directly. Our staff will help navigate you through the process, so you can speak to your contractor and other hired experts with confidence.

Requirements

You can apply for the re-occupancy permit if you own the property, or are acting on behalf of the property owner.

If you are acting for the owner, you must show a letter of authorization from the registered owner saying that you have permission to do so. You must also show your photo identification.

You apply for the permit in person at the Development and Building Services Centre.

Download the application 

Process and timeline

The process varies slightly depending on whether or not this is the first time the building has been shut down for containing a grow operation.

 NOTE: You must have the building inspected before any repairs start. Otherwise, you will face a penalty.

Process and timeline details for re-occupancy permits  

Fees

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

Item Details Fee
Coordinated special inspection fee The fee covers inspections by the building inspector, the electrical inspector, and the plumbing / gas inspector.
You pay for the special inspection when you apply for it. You can pay by cash, cheque, debit or credit card.

$1,267.50

+ GST

Re-occupancy permit fee You pay for the permit when you apply for it. You can pay by cash, cheque, debit or credit card. $169.00
Grow operation dismantling levy The levy is added to the property taxes. All penalties and interest allowed under the property tax bylaws apply to the levy. $1,700.00

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

Re-occupancy permit process