Sustainable zoning

Aerial view of downtown Vancouver

Zones are the areas in which a city is divided according to how the land in each of those areas is used.

Zoning regulations and guidelines use these areas to determine what is allowed, what isn't allowed, and what is encouraged to be developed.

Zoning guidelines and regulations are the rules that, for example:

  • Keep an industrial manufacturing plant being built in the midst of a residential neighbourhood.
  • Help ensure a heritage neighbourhood maintains its unique and historical character.
  • Encourage new building and renovations that are sustainable for the long-term.

Updated green zoning policies

In an effort to reduce the environmental footprint of Vancouver's buildings, Council requires that all new buildings on rezoned sites in the city be built to LEED Gold standard. 

This green rezoning policy will:

  • Increase the number of third-party certified green buildings in Vancouver
  • Transform the market, by increasing consumer choice and awareness of green buildings
  • Develop a process that is workable for industry participants who wish to rezone their properties
  • Nurture an already rapidly growing green building industry in Vancouver

This policy has been in effect since January 2011.

Zoning districts, maps, and regulations

Find the zone for an address

Find out what zone an address is in using VanMap. Zoning districts have regulations stating what kind of development is allowed in that area.

View a map of zoning districts

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.

Zoning district descriptions

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.

Learn about LEED


LEED certification is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Learn about LEED

Read guidelines about land use and development

Land use and development policies and guidelines

Read the City of Vancouver's land use and development policies, which help shape the city and make our communities more liveable.

Zoning districts, maps, and regulations