Southeast False Creek construction
Development permits

Development permit

In Vancouver, you need a development permit for:

  • All new construction
  • All additions and exterior alterations
  • Many changes of use of a building or land (either all or in part)
  • Some demolitions of buildings

 Note: This list is not complete. There are many other situations for when you may need permits. For information specific to your situation, call the Development Services call centre or visit the Enquiry Centre.

If your project will involve both a change of use or conditional use, and construction or renovation, you will only need one development permit application.

Related permits

If you need a development permit for your construction or renovation project, you will also need a building permit and at least one related permit (gas, electrical, plumbing, tree removal, or other). Your development permit must be issuable before you can apply for a building permit. Simpler projects may qualify for a combined development-building permit.

We are here to help

For information specific to the proposed project on your property, call the Development Services phone centre at 604-873-7611. Our staff will help you determine which permits you need, and help you navigate through the process, so you can speak to your contractor with confidence.

Process and timeline

All buildings including “conditional” one- and two-family dwellings

  1. If you are ready with a preliminary proposal for a new development or major addition that requires a development planner to review the discretionary aspects of zoning regulations, guidelines, or policy interpretations as they relate to the proposal, we strongly encourage you to have a pre-application meeting with a development planner.

    Note: Development planner pre-application meetings are for a review of preliminary plans. For all other questions please contact the Enquiry Centre at 604-873-7611 to book an enquiry meeting.

    Request an appointment with a planner

  2. Call 604-873-7611 to schedule an application intake appointment. Appointments are required to submit your application. Ensure you bring in your application and all supporting documents. While you are there, staff will review your application to make sure it is complete. Staff may ask for additional information or documents.
  3. As soon as a decision is made we will contact you with directions on when and how to apply for your Building Permit.

Note: Outright applications for One- and Two-Family Dwellings qualify for a combined Development and Building Permit

All other buildings

  1. When you are ready to apply, call 604-873-7611 to book an appointment to submit your application.
  2. Bring your application and all supporting documents to the Enquiry Centre. While you are there, staff will review the application immediately to make sure it is complete. Staff may ask for additional information or documents.
  3. A decision will be made typically within 8 to 14 weeks after you apply. The length of the review process varies with the complexity of the project, the number of applications under review by Development Services, and the number of review groups or additional steps involved.


Did your permit application get denied?

Appeal decisions

If your development application is rejected, check if you can appeal it to the Board of Variance or Parking Variance Board.

Planner appointment request

All questions are required unless marked optional.