Certain areas of the city are eligible for rezoning in line with City Council’s priorities.
Important note Review the steps to better understand the process and applicable policies before you apply.
Steps to make a rezoning enquiry and application
Step 1: Find your property's zoning district
Vancouver is divided into zoning districts. Our Zoning and Development By-law sets out the rules for development in each zoning district.
Step 2: Find out if policy supports your proposal
You can apply to rezone a site if a Council-approved rezoning policy supports your proposal.
Step 3: Make a formal rezoning enquiry (optional)
Get early advice on your proposal and get drawings reviewed before making a rezoning application.
Step 4: Prepare your application
Refine your proposal based on policy and staff advice and prepare the application materials.
Step 5: Apply for rezoning
Prepare all the required documents, email a complete application package, and pay the fee to begin the rezoning review process.
Step 6: Application review
We ask for public feedback, review your application, and send you draft rezoning conditions to review.
Step 7: Referral to public hearing
We finalize the referral report and make a recommendation for referral. City Council decides whether to refer the rezoning application to a public hearing.
Step 8: City Council decides on your application at a public hearing
City Council must hold public hearings to consider and decide on rezoning applications (for zoning by-law changes) and heritage designations, according to the Vancouver Charter.
Step 9: Meet the conditions of approval
Meet the conditions of approval for your rezoning application before Council enacts the zoning by-law.