Office of the Chief Building Official

The Office of the Chief Building Official (CBO) develops and manages the City of Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL). This involves:

  • Building policy
  • Review and issuance of complex building permits
  • Review of alternative solutions (to prescriptive building bylaw requirements)
  • Inspection services

Our building policy work

The Office works with other government bodies and agencies, City departments, professional associations, industry, and the public to do broad-ranging policy work that leads to building regulations about:

  • Fire protection
  • Structural design
  • Building envelope
  • Energy efficiency
  • Green building technology

Our building bylaw

Vancouver is the only city in Canada that maintains its own building bylaw. This provides for:

  • Enhanced fire and structural safety
  • Increased accessibility and adaptability
  • Strengthened green building requirements

The building bylaw also provides a predictable compliance path to reasonably and safely upgrade existing buildings, and allows for preservation and protection of heritage buildings. 

Get a copy of the building bylaw

The complete 2014 Building Bylaw is available through the Queen's Printer.

Get the Building Bylaw

Processes and documents we coordinate

Certified Professional Program

The City of Vancouver has an alternate permit process known as the Certified Professional (CP) Program for recognized registered professional architects and engineers.

Alternative solutions

Alternative solutions (“equivalencies”) allow for flexibility in building construction. Read the requirements, view the fees, and more.


Access our bulletins and advisories for information on our building regulations and processes (technical and administrative), and our interpretations of building and electrical bylaws.

Vancouver Building Bylaw

Updates to the current Vancouver Building Bylaw are provided on an ongoing basis. Make sure you have printed the current amendments to update your printed version of the VBBL2014. If you have an electronic version all amendments once enacted are merged with the electronic version on the effective date.

Contact the Chief Building Official