Wood frame of a house being built

Build a new house or laneway house

COVID-19 update

July 22, 2021: The Services Centre is open for scheduled appointments and payments only. All other enquires are available online, by phone, or email.

We continue to process and review applications to help ensure buildings and development can continue to operate, generate employment, and meet urgent housing needs. Inspections continue daily with enhanced safety precautions.

Wearing a mask is required if you need to visit City, Park Board, and library facilities.

  • General enquiries: Phone 604-873-7611
  • Building, development, and application enquiries:
    • Use our new online form and receive a tracking number, which you can use to get real-time status updates from 3-1-1.
    • Email permitquestions@vancouver.ca. Submissions received through email will take longer to process and will not receive a tracking number. Please do not send multiple emails. 
    • We will respond to all enquiries within 10 business days.

You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project through our online form or email.

The permitquestions@vancouver.ca inbox will close permanently on August 3, 2021, and we will continue processing emails received up to August 3, 2021.

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

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.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Contact us online

Phone: 604-873-7611

Email: permitquestions@vancouver.ca (Email available only until August 3, 2021)

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

Transit nearby

  • Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
  • 99 B-line, #15, and #9 buses

Permits, inspections, and forms

Apply for and manage permit

Review regulations and apply for the required permits for your construction or renovation project.

Inspections

Book or cancel an electrical, plumbing, building, fire sprinkler, gas, or sidewalk inspection for your construction or renovation project.

Forms, checklists, and bulletins

View and download the building or development permit application forms and submission requirements.

Have you submitted an application online?

We want to hear from you.

Complete survey