Zoning districts, maps, and regulations
Zoning regulates the development of property in Vancouver by encouraging land use and building in accordance with community goals and visions for the future of Vancouver and its neighbourhoods.
The city is divided into many development zones, with each zone further broken down into districts. The Zoning Development Bylaw describes each district and its list of permitted uses and regulations. Some districts are scattered across the city, while others are found only in a single neighbourhood or local area.
The regulations found in each district control the land use and the location, height, bulk, floor area, and in some instances, the design of buildings. They also regulate building lines, setbacks, yards and open spaces.
Some developments are also subject to Council-approved land use and development policies and guidelines. Parking, loading, passenger, and bicycle parking requirements are regulated by the Parking Bylaw and must also be considered.