Alternative solutions

What alternative solutions can apply to

  • New construction
  • New conditions
  • The retention of existing features in an existing building

Alternative solutions provide:

  • Designers with greater flexibility in building construction
  • Design teams with design methods that are different from the prescriptive Building By-law requirements

These are not building permits. It doesn't give you authorization for construction.

Steps to getting alternative solution(s)

You must submit a completed form to be considered for an alternative solution.

Alternative solution submissions are evaluated based on a technical report showing that the proposed approach provides an equal or better level of performance to the prescribed provisions in the Building By-law.

Contact the Building Policy Branch


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8