Types of density bonusing
Density bonusing, sometimes referred to as bonusing or floor area relaxations, is used as a zoning tool that permits developers to build additional floor area, in exchange for amenities and affordable housing needed by the community.
Amenities can be community centres, libraries, parks, childcare centres, affordable housing, and more.
Density bonusing allows for:
- Base density with no density bonus
- Additional density in exchange for providing amenities and affordable housing
News and updates
2021 annual inflationary adjustment
On July 6, 2021, Council approved the rate adjustments to Density Bonus contributions based on the annual inflationary index that came into effect on September 30, 2021. See Table 2 in the Density Bonus Zoning Bulletin PDF file (2 MB) for more information.
Certain zones allow for extra density, up to a specified maximum floor space ratio, in exchange for cash contributions towards amenities and affordable housing. Financial contributions are determined by the density bonus contribution rate set out under the schedule of the zoning bylaw.
Find information on density bonus zones and rates in the Density bonus zoning bulletin PDF file (1.93 MB)
A number of zoning district schedules allow for relaxations of buildable market floor area (FSR) in exchange for amenities provided by applicants as on-site public benefits. This is sometimes referred to as inclusionary zoning.
Each district schedule differs in the types of amenities that are to be provided, as well as the amount of relaxation in FSR. Below are web links to all district schedules that offer density relaxations for amenities (in-kind).
The list of district schedules above exclude density bonusing for heritage conservation as well as developments that exclusively feature non-market uses or amenities. Find any zones that include density bonusing in relation to heritage conservation
Annual reports and related documents
Get background information on density bonusing. If you would like historical reports, email Finance.Growth@vancouver.ca.
Understand and compare
View a comparison chart of Development Cost Levies, Community Amenity Contributions, and Density Bonusing.
Community benefits from development
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