Certified Professional Program

The City of Vancouver has an alternate permit process known as the Certified Professional (CP) Program.

The program facilitates the issuance of building permits for new or existing buildings by taking on a review and inspection role on behalf of the City.

Under the Certification of Professionals Bylaw, the City can issue a building permit on the certification of a recognized registered professional architect or engineer.

How certified professionals expedite the permit process

Under the CP permit process, permit issuance can be staged, allowing construction to start earlier than otherwise – an advantage to building owners wanting to expedite their projects.

Note All required City approvals, such as the development permit, must be in place prior to issuance of a particular stage.

Certified professionals don't replace registered professionals normally involved in a construction project. CPs provide an additional level of Building Bylaw review traditionally carried out by City staff.

Certified Professional letters (effective January 1, 2015)

Letters of Assurance

Building permit application stage

Building construction stage

Building occupancy stage

Other forms


August 15

Certified Professionals newsletter  (224 KB)

January 18

Certified Professionals newsletter PDF file (172 KB)

  • We are on the move: Engineering and Environment departments moving and what to do
  • Dropping off your drawings and documents at City departments
  • Change of professionals on projects
  • Permit numbers
  • Trade permits as subjobs
  • POSSE uploads
  • Design changes during the course of construction
  • Bylaw amendments for March 1, 2018
  • Sprinkler permits – the owner’s certificate form
  • Upcoming Advance Code Knowledge course Feb 2018 at AIBC


August 16

Certified Professionals newsletter PDF file (154 KB)

  • Updated forms
  • Bylaw amendments effective May 1, 2018 have been approved
  • New updates will be coming to CP Manual
  • Announcements of new Certified Professionals
  • Upcoming 2018 Advance Code Knowledge course
  • Announcement of upcoming CP seminar in October
  • CP refunds/withdrawals/cancellations
  • Demolition and abatement process
  • CP emails
  • Indemnity statement on CP permit application form
  • CP 2017 course manual  on USB stick available for purchase
  • Partial occupancy permits
  • Crane swing encroachment and neighbour notification
  • Reminders
  • Deck design
  • Wired glass
  • Gender neutral washrooms


December 23

Certified Professionals newsletter (268 KB)

  • Change of name for our department
  • Updated forms
  • Bylaw amendments
  • TIPS Program
  • Sprinkler installations without permit
  • Fee payment and Posse
  • Fire Alarm permits and CP projects
  • Electrical Plan Examiner's Transmittal form
  • Electronic seals
  • New course at BCIT
  • Part 9 Buildings using the CP program
  • Schedule CP-3
  • CP 2017 Course manual available for purchase
  • CP Training for online submissions user manual

August 15

Certified Professionals newsletter PDF file (277 KB)

  • CP Seminar - October 31, 2016, 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Bylaw revisions/New bulletins
  • Newsletters are now on the website
  • New CP permit application form attached and on website
  • Occupancy permits
  • Permit refunds
  • Work without permit
  • Adjacent neighbour notification
  • Zoning and development clearance for tenant improvements
  • Sprinklers
  • Fee payment and POSSE
  • Trades permits and CP projects
  • New website for passive house
  • Processing times - reminder
  • Request for coordinated site inspection
  • New course at BCIT
  • TIPs (Tenant Improvement Permit system)
  • Accessibility component of your reviews

March 11

Certified Professionals newsletter PDF file (180 KB)

  • ASHRAE/Energy checklist training videos
  • Alternative solutions
  • City review groups
  • Reminder about work without permit
  • Water treatment devices: protection from contamination
  • Part 11 buildings and the CP Program
  • Part 9 buildings and the CP Program
  • TIPS (tenant improvement permit system) and field reviews


November 2

Certified Professionals newsletter PDF file (110 KB)

  • CP Manual of Practice has been updated
  • Announcement of bulletin to the floor and suite number changes
  • Link announcement for the 2014 Vancouver Building Plans Examination Checklist

Permit review process

The building permit review process for CP projects is outlined in the following diagrams:

Submit your permit application

When your application is ready, register for an online account and submit your application.

Certified Professional Program Advisory Committee


The advisory committee:

  • Organizes the Certified Professional Education Program and sets the course outline and curriculum in collaboration with the City of Vancouver
  • Provides comments to the Chief Building Official (CBO) of the City of Vancouver on the following:
    • Certified Professional Program procedures
    • Certified Professional checklist
    • Certified Professional Manual of Practice
    • Other relevant documents
  • Advises the CBO on questions relating to the Practice Standards for Certified Professionals


The committee includes members from:

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC)
  • Architects Institute of BC (AIBC)
  • Building Officials Association of BC (BOABC)
  • Urban Development Institute (UDI)
  • City of Vancouver
  • City of Surrey

Meeting frequency

The committee meets once per month.

Contact the committee

Dave Steer P.Eng., C.P.
LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd.
4th Floor - 780 Beatty St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2M1



Become a certified professional

To be recognized as a CP, you need to pass the CP course and meet the requirements of the CP Bylaw.

The CP course is offered approximately every two years through the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) and Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC).