Southeast False Creek construction

Get a development permit

COVID-19 update

December 18, 2020: The Services Centre is open for scheduled appointments and payments only. All other enquires are available online, by phone, or email.

We continue to process and review applications to help ensure buildings and development can continue to operate, generate employment, and meet urgent housing needs. Inspections continue daily with enhanced safety precautions.

Wearing a mask is required if you need to visit City, Park Board, and library facilities.

  • General enquiries: Phone 604-873-7611
  • Building and development and application enquiries: Email 
    ​​​​​​​ You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project.
Some online services will be unavailable on Friday, January 22 from 7pm to midnight, while we're doing maintenance.

Development permits ensure the livability and functionality of neighbourhoods by regulating the built form and ensuring land uses are appropriately located.

What is development?

In Vancouver, development is "any change in the use of any land or building or the carrying out of any construction, engineering, or other operation in, on, over, or under land or land covered by water". 


  • Applies to both construction/ renovation and changing the use of a building or part of a building
  • Is regulated by the Zoning and Development By-law 

Find an active development application in your neighbourhood.

When you need a separate development permit before getting a building permit

In the case of large scale projects, and/or where zoning relaxations or particular types of land uses are proposed, a separate development permit is required before a building permit application can be submitted.  

Unsure on whether your project requires a separate development permit? Contact the Development and Building Services Centre by email at permitquestions
 or phone at 604-873-7611.

Don't follow the steps to getting a development permit if you are:

Steps to getting a development permit

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Phone: 604-873-7611

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Transit nearby

  • Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
  • 99 B-line, #15, and #9 buses

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot, 
between Cambie and Yukon

Permits, inspections, and forms

Apply for and manage permit

Review regulations and apply for the required permits for your construction or renovation project.


Book or cancel an electrical, plumbing, building, fire sprinkler, gas, or sidewalk inspection for your construction or renovation project.

Forms, checklists, and bulletins

View and download the building or development permit application forms and submission requirements.

Request meeting with a planner

All questions are required unless marked optional.