Building a new house or laneway house requires a number of approvals and permits to ensure homes are built safe, healthy, and accessible for all in our city.
Steps to building a new house
Step 1: Review zoning regulations and property attributes
The location and attributes of your property may affect the construction of your new house or laneway house.
Step 2: Get required pre-approvals
To ensure that your proposal is on track without any serious conflicts(s) with by-laws and regulations, it is important that certain details are reviewed and approved prior to proceeding with a formal application for a building permit(s).
Step 3: Submit your permit application(s)
Your application will be reviewed and you will be required to address any conditions or deficiences before a building permit(s) is issued.
Step 4: Begin construction, get trade permits, and book inspections
Once your building permit has been approved and issued, you can begin work on your new house or laneway house and get the required trade permits and book inspections.
Step 5: Occupy building(s)
Once a final inspection of the permitted work has been approved, we consider the project complete and you can occupy the building(s). However, you may wish to get an occupancy permit.
After you get your water and sewer connection permit
If you already have your permit and want to know when you'll get your connections, use our questionnaire to find out what happens next.
Note Access to the Services Centre is by appointment only. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available.
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
- Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
- 99 B-line, #15, and #9 buses
Permits, inspections, and forms
Review regulations and apply for the required permits for your construction or renovation project.
Book or cancel an electrical, plumbing, building, fire sprinkler, gas, or sidewalk inspection for your construction or renovation project.
View and download the building or development permit application forms and submission requirements.
Have you submitted an application online?
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