The Development and Building Services Centre is currently closed except for those with an appointment or providing payment. Many services are available online, by phone, or by appointment. Our staff continue to process and review applications to help ensure businesses can continue to operate. Inspections continue daily with enhanced safety precautions.
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.
Contact the Development and Building Services Centre
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
Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon
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.