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Field review

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 permitquestions@vancouver.ca 
    ​​​​​​​ You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project.

Field reviews are part of an alternative permit-issuing process for small renovation projects that don't require major upgrading but do require a building permit.

Steps to getting a field review

  Due to COVID-19, we are currently accepting field review building permit applications by e-mail - please refer to step 3 for more details.

Review the latest permit processing times

Permit processing times as of January 1, 2021

Permit processing times will depend on the completeness of your application, how long it takes you to respond to our questions, and volume of instream applications to be processed.

Type of permit

Target

We aim to issue 95% of permit applications in:

Current

In the last three months, we achieved our target for the following percentage of applications:

Minor commercial renovation 7 weeks 44%
Minor residential renovation 7 weeks 5%

Permit processing workflow

  • 1

    Prepare and submit your application to us

  • 2

    We work with you to review your application

  • 3

    Once you have answered all of your questions, call for an inspection

  • 4

    We inspect your site and once the inspection is passed, we issue your permit

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Phone: 604-873-7611

permitquestions@vancouver.ca

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