New permit fees in effect January 1, 2023
Because of service levels and holiday hours, applications received in December may be:
- Processed in the new year
- Subject to 2023 fees
Submit your completed application as soon as possible to be eligible for processing in 2022.
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
Include all required documents and calculate the application fee.
Step 6: Application review and referral to public hearing
We ask for public feedback, review your application, and make a recommendation for referral. City Council decides whether to refer the rezoning application to a public hearing.
Step 7: 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 8: Meet the conditions of approval
Meet the conditions of approval for your rezoning application before Council enacts the zoning by-law.