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Streetscape design guidelines

Streetscape design examples

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Granville Mall sidewalk

    By City of Vancouver

  • Olympic Village shared pathway

    By City of Vancouver

  • Olympic Village sidewalk

    By City of Vancouver

  • Triangle West sidewalk

    By City of Vancouver

  • Triangle West medallion

    By City of Vancouver

  • Cambie Village sidewalk and place setting

    By City of Vancouver

  • Downtown South sidewalk

    By City of Vancouver

The streetscape design guidelines (SDG) describe design objectives for sidewalks, furniture, trees, and landscaping along all public streets in Vancouver. 

The SDG contains an inventory and description of all approved streetscape design treatments.

The SDG is updated when we add and change special treatment areas.

How to use the guidelines

Use the SDG map and list of special treatment areas below as a reference to design, build, and maintain high-quality streetscapes that:

  • Meet Council-approved public realm plans
  • Provide public amenities following our standards
  • Help create vibrant neighbourhoods

Use the SDG alongside our Streets Restoration Manual PDF file (3.5 MB) and other required construction specifications and standards.

Contact us at streetscape@vancouver.ca to confirm the information in the SDG before you apply to build streetscapes.

Get approval for your streetscape designs from Engineering Services before starting to build, and have your work inspected during construction. We may ask you to meet additional or different requirements before approving your designs.

Area Sidewalk and landscape guidelines Street lighting guidelines Pedestrian lighting guidelines Street furniture guidelines
Cambie Village Commercial PDF file (110 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Ceremonial Street Commercial PDF file (190 KB)

Residential PDF file (140 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Chinatown Commercial PDF file (150 KB) Chinatown pole and fixture PDF file (140 KB) Chinatown pole and fixture PDF file (140 KB)  
City Gate Commercial PDF file (170 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Coal Harbour Commercial PDF file (110 KB)

Residential PDF file (110 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Commercial Drive Commercial PDF file (100 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Downtown South Commercial PDF file (140 KB)

Residential PDF file (140 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB) Inverted acorn fixture PDF file (130 KB)  
Fraser South Hill General PDF file (100 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Gastown General PDF file (140 KB) Gastown pole and fixture PDF file (140 KB) Gastown pole and fixture PDF file (140 KB)  
Georgia Street West End Commercial PDF file (210 KB)

Residential PDF file (170 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Granville Mall General PDF file (120 KB) Holophane Pechnia Lumenarea Element EM20  
Granville Slopes Commercial PDF file (130 KB)

Residential PDF file (130 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Hastings Sunrise Commercial PDF file (100 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Knight Kingsway Neighbourhood Centre Commercial PDF file (140 KB) Roadway luminaire: K800-P2FL-II-200W

PED luminaire: K700-P2FL-II-40W

   
Library Square Hamilton and Homer streets PDF file (130 KB)

Robson Street PDF file (200 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)

Library Square pole and fixture PDF file (90 KB)  
Mount Pleasant Commercial PDF file (170 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Norquay Village Commercial PDF file (140 KB) Roadway luminaire: K800-P2FL-II-200W

PED luminaire: K700-P2FL-II-40W

Roadway luminaire: K800-P2FL-II-200W

PED luminaire: K700-P2FL-II-40W

 
Olympic Village Commercial PDF file (120 KB) Olympic Village pole and fixture PDF file (700 KB) Olympic Village pole and fixture PDF file (700 KB) Bench PDF file (300 KB)
Pacific Boulevard Commercial PDF file (140 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Southeast False Creek Commercial PDF file (120 KB)

Lane PDF file (170 KB)

Lane (shoreline treatment) PDF file (160 KB)

Southeast False Creek pole and fixture PDF file (700 KB) Southeast False Creek pole and fixture PDF file (700 KB)  
Still Creek Watershed General PDF file (90 KB) Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
Triangle West Non-terraced PDF file (140 KB)

Terraced PDF file (220 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)    
VGH General PDF file (160 KB) Lumec Capella Lumec Elliptical  
Yaletown Historic loading docks PDF file (90 KB) Domus series - Philips Lumec Domus series - Philips Lumec  
All other City areas Commercial PDF file (140 KB)

Lane PDF file (180 KB)

Residential PDF file (120 KB)

Standard commercial davit PDF file (130 KB)

Standard residential davit PDF file (120 KB)

   

Contact us about the SDG

streetscape@vancouver.ca