Building grades for sidewalk and street elevation

A building grade is an official indication of the design elevation along the property line to ensure that:

  • Buildings do not exceed the height limits of zoning regulations
  • Entrances for proposed buildings come level with existing or future city sidewalks, driveways, curbs, and streets
  • Water drains from the site without causing damage



Property length Review fee Design fee
Up to 31 m $537 $1,263
Over 31 m and up to 90 m $711 $1,439
Over 90 m and up to 150 m $886 $2,124
Over 150 m and up to 300 m $1,240 $3,210
Over 300 m $1,960 $4,630

Property length is measured along the street, lane, easement, right-of-way, or a combination of these.

The review fee covers the City’s costs to:

  • Do an initial review of the application
  • Do a detailed review of the your building grade survey and design
  • Accept the final building grade plan

The design fee covers the additional costs for survey and design work when the City will be completing designs.

Building grades are valid for up to 5 years after the issued date. After 5 years, building grades must be revalidated by the City and will incur additional review fees.

Contact Client Services about building grades

320 - 507 West Broadway (3rd floor)
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0B4

Monday to Friday
(except holidays)
8:30am to 4pm

Phone: 604-873-7316