Development Permit Board


Development permit applications that have significant importance because of scale, complexity, or public interest are typically referred to the Development Permit Board which reviews, makes recommendations and approves major developments.

All other development permit applications are reviewed by the Director of Planning or their delegates. The board is limited in its authority by the Official Development Plan (ODP) provisions enacted by Council and the existing Zoning and Development By-law, which outlines acceptable uses and building forms for the site.

The board cannot deny a development permit if it meets the zoning and ODP and guidelines, or approve a development if it does not fall within the zoning or ODP.

The board is composed of four senior staff members, including the chairperson and an advisory panel.  Attendance at Development Permit Board meetings includes City staff, applicants and their representatives, and members of the public.

Get instructions on how to provide comments at an upcoming board meeting in the 'Meetings' tab.

COVID-19 update: online meetings

We've transitioned to virtual advisory body meetings as an interim response to the health emergency. These meetings are convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, Local Government Meetings and By-law Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3.

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Events. No software download is required. Use the link below to view the meeting live through your web browser. 

A link to join the live meeting broadcast is posted 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Next meeting: Monday, September 20, 3pm

Get instructions on how to provide comments at an upcoming board meeting through the 'Meetings' tab.

Items to be heard:

Online meeting password: DPB

Join the meeting online

Join by phone (audio only)

  • Phone: 1-604-646-8916 or 1-855-699-3239 (Canada - toll free)
  • Access code: 146 759 5217

Consent - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

To view or participate in Development Permit Board meetings virtually, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information outside Canada as described below. The City of Vancouver collects your personal information in accordance with section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for purposes of organizing and administering Development Permit Board meetings. For the virtual Development Permit Board, your contact information will be shared with the City's web conferencing provider, Cisco WebEx. Information submitted to Cisco WebEx will be stored on servers in the United States and may be accessed in the United States or internationally for technical support purposes. If you have questions about the collection of this information, please contact the director of access of information and privacy by emailing, by phoning 3-1-1, or mailing a letter to 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4.


If you have any questions, contact Kathy Cermeno at 604-873-7770 or Following the meeting, minutes are posted online under the 'Meetings' tab.


All Development Permit Board meetings are open to the public. Applicants or their representatives are present to discuss the application. Neighbours and others interested in the development may also attend and make presentations. Written submissions are also considered. Learn more about the new virtual Development Permit Board under the 'Meetings' tab.

All development applications considered by the Development Permit Board are first reviewed by the Development Permit Staff Committee, an inter-departmental City staff committee.


Reports of the Development Permit Staff Committee provide the basis for discussion at Development Permit Board meetings and include a recommendation from the staff committee.

You can access the committee's reports for each development:

  • Online in the Meetings tab on the Thursday before the meeting
  • By phoning the Assistant to the Board at 604-873-7770

The process

  1. The board receives a presentation from a representative of the Development Permit Staff Committee (usually the development planner who is the staff person principally responsible for reviewing the application)
  2. The development planner outlines the key issues and recommendations of the Development Permit Staff Committee report
  3. Board and advisory panel members review the posted drawings and model of the proposed development
  4. The Board hears from the applicant, who is asked to respond specifically to the issues raised by the staff committee, and to state whether or not the recommendations contained in the staff committee report can be met
  5. Interested members of the public are invited to address the board
  6. A discussion takes place among members of the board and the advisory panel. Throughout the discussion, questions of all participants are dealt with through the board chair
  7. The board chair polls the advisory panel members for their advice
  8. The three board members debate the recommendation and a motion is made and voted on, the decision of the board is then announced. The chair is restricted in presenting any motions and only votes if two members are unable to reach an agreement.


The Board consists of four senior staff members, the Director of Development Services, who is Chair, the General Manager of Engineering Services, the Deputy City Manager and Director of Planning.  The Chair does not vote except when Board members present at a meeting are equal for and against a question, in which case the Chair shall have the right to exercise the casting vote.

Each Board member, except for the Director of Development Services, has an alternate or alternates.  If the Director of Development Services is unable to attend a Board meeting, she may appoint a Board member or any alternate of any Board member to act as Chair at that meeting on behalf, and in place, of the Director of Development Services.

Board Members

Position Alternate(s)
Corrie Okell, Chair
Acting Director – Permitting Services

To be determined

Theresa O'Donnell
General Manager, Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability
Jason Olinek
 Assistant Director of Planning
Lon LaClaire
General Manager, Engineering Services
Karima Mulji
Director, Engineering Projects and Development Services
Andrea Law
General Manager, Development, Buildings, and Licensing
Michelle Au
Assistant Director, Development Services

Meetings are held on alternate Mondays (except where noted) at 3pm over a freely accessible WebEx Events video conference. Meetings are also available by phone (audio only). The format changed to accommodate federal, provincial, and local physical distancing guidelines put in place for COVID-19.

Reports are available for viewing five days before the meeting. Digital copies of the report are available for download by selecting the date and site below.

The meetings are open to the public. If you wish to speak to an item, register using the button below.

Comment on a development permit

Current Development Applications Development Permit Board (15 KB)

  • Bold items mark a change from the last publication
  • Italic items mark a tentative date

Learn about the Development Permit Board Advisory Panel

Learn about the Advisory Panel's role, members, meetings, and more.

Read more

Contact the Development Permit Board

Meeting coordinators

Kathy Cermeno

May Sem

General Development permit information