There are numerous laws and regulations that relate to construction and renovation work – the building bylaw, zoning regulations, codes for plumbing and electrical systems, and so on.
Permits will only be issued for work that is allowed under these regulations. Permits work in conjunction with inspections, which ensure that the work that was planned (according to the permit) was actually done, and was done correctly and safely.
For information specific to the proposed project on your property, call the Development and Building Services 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.
The City understands that home owners and contractors, in their enthusiasm to get started, sometimes forget to get permits, or do not realize that permits are required.
If you do not have a permit for work that has already started, and it turns out you need a permit for that work, you could face serious – and potentially costly – consequences, including:
NOTE: As the homeowner, you are responsible for paying these fees or penalties yourself even if you have hired a contractor who assured you that permits were not needed.
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
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