Here is a list of common renovation, maintenance, or construction situations you may face, and the permit(s) you may need for them.
For information specific to the proposed project on your property, call the Development and Building 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.
You may need a development permit if the building or use is a designated heritage building or site, or is located in the Chinatown, Yaletown or Gastown Historic Areas.
Simpler projects may qualify for a combined development-building permit.
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
Find out how to apply for and manage your permit.
City inspectors can help you make sure that construction or renovation work is done safely, and complies with relevant bylaws.Learn about inspections
Building permits in Vancouver are usually required for building or renovating. Read the requirements, learn about the bylaw, and download the application.
Simpler projects that need both development and building permits may qualify for a combined permit. View the requirements and download the application.