Vancouver Building Bylaw 9419

The City of Vancouver is enabled under the Vancouver Charter to adopt bylaws to regulate the design and construction of buildings.

The Vancouver Building Bylaw regulates the design and construction of buildings, as well as the administrative provisions related to permitting, inspections, and the enforcement of these requirements.

Vancouver's ability to adopt its own Building Bylaw is unique in British Columbia. This ability allows City Council the opportunity to quickly respond to issues that have an impact on building safety within the City. This ability has provided the City of Vancouver the opportunity to be a leader with respect to building regulations, in the areas of:

  • Accessibility
  • Alteration to existing buildings
  • Artist Live/Work Studios
  • Energy utilization
  • Rain screen cladding system
  • Sprinklered buildings

New Vancouver Building Bylaw will take effect on January 1, 2015

In September, 2013, Council approved in principle a new 2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL).

On April 1, 2014, Council adopted the 2012 British Columbia Building Code (BCBC) with additional requirements and revisions specific to Vancouver, which takes effect January 1, 2015 (extended from July 1, 2014 at the June 24 Council meeting).

Developed in consultation with industry professionals, the new 2014 Building Bylaw 10908 includes amendments to the current Building Bylaw 9419 to improve housing for seniors and people with disabilities, while supporting the objectives of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

The complete 2014 Building Bylaw will soon be available through the Queen’s Printer.

Are you applying for a permit to build or renovate a one- or two-family home before January 1, 2015?

If you apply for a building permit before January 1, 2015, you can choose to apply under the existing Building Bylaw 9419 or the new 2014 Building Bylaw 10908.

Will you be applying for a permit to build a new one- or two- family home on or after January 1, 2015?

Staring January 1, permits for all one- and two- family homes will be processed under the new 2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw 10908.

Learn what this means for you, and get details of the new building permit requirements:

Will you be applying for a permit to renovate a one- or two- family home on or after January 1, 2015?

Starting January 1, 2015, all one- and two- family home renovations will be processed under the new 2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw 10908.

Learn what this means for you, and get details of the new building permit requirements.

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Read the new building bylaw change announcement

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City offers additional time to prepare for new Vancouver building bylaw

On June 24, City Council approved a motion extending the implementation of the new building bylaw from July 1, 2014, to January 1, 2015. The existing Vancouver Building Bylaw will remain in place until the end of 2014.

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