Heritage and character buildings are valued by many Vancouver residents, and are an important component of defining neighbourhood identity and character.
The Character Home Zoning Review was started as part of the Heritage Action Plan in response to growing public concern over the loss of character homes in the city.
Following a year and a half of public consultation, on October 3, 2017, Council approved amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw to introduce character retention incentives and increased opportunities for housing choice in all one-family (RS) zones across the city.
Did you know?
Character vs. heritage
A character house is a house built prior to 1940 that is considered to have heritage character merit by City staff, but is not listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register.
A heritage house is a house that is listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register.
As part of monitoring, we've prepared a memo to Council to provide an update on the Character Home Retention Incentives program.
Heat pump rebate and energy efficient enquiries
Information icon We do not administer heat pump rebate applications.
Contact a Clean BC Better Homes Energy Coach through their online form External link icon or by phone 1-844-881-9790.
The Development and Building Centre is open for in-person scheduled appointments or payments.
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Centre
515 West 10th Avenue, Ground Floor
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8