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Building and renovating

Vancouver Council and staff are always working to make the City's homes and buildings safer, healthier, and more accessible for all residents.

We work with other departments, levels of government, professional associations, and the public to:

  • Reduce the carbon footprint created by Vancouver's homes
  • Reduce the waste generated through building and renovating
  • Enhance the safety and comfort of all residents, through inspections, permits, and regulations
  • Enable improved design, construction, and operation of buildings
  • Review alternate solutions to requirements in the City's building code

How we make Vancouver's homes and buildings safer, healthier, and more accessible

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Permits and regulations

Permits and regulations for building and renovating play an important role in supporting life safety and neighbourhood compatibility. Learn more here.

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Inspections ensure the completed work on your construction or renovation project complies with your permit and the bylaw.

Buildings and construction in Olympic Village

Get copies of building plans, permits, and property records

Learn how to get copies of building plans, permits, and file research letters with property records like outstanding bylaw orders, zoning, approved use, issued permits, and more.

Vancouver has 1,450 km of water pipes, and 2,800 km of sewer pipes.

Utilities locations and construction

Find out how utilities locations can impact your construction project, and what you can do.

Deschner Lane House, the EnerGuide 2014 top laneway house

Green building and renovating

Access guidelines, policies, grants, and resources about green building and renovating to lower your energy costs.

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Commercial Renovation Centre

Are you a small business owner planning a renovation or looking to move or start a business in Vancouver? Learn how we can help you.

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Housing Renovation Centre

Get a development or building permit for exterior renovations or additions and major interior alterations (renovation to stud) to a house or laneway house.

Building and renovating guides

Heritage homes and Bylaws

Heritage home-owner introduction to the 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw

Own a heritage home or character home and want to do a renovation, restoration, or addition? Read our guide to learn about possible requirements of the 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw and to plan your project.

Read the bylaw guide

Passive Design Toolkit

Passive home guidelines

The Passive Design Toolkit for Homes helps you build a home that harnesses the sun, wind, and other elements to maintain consistent room temperatures and comfort, without expensive mechanical systems.

Get the Toolkit
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