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Field review

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

June 3, 2020: While the doors of Services Centre are closed, we are still open for business. We have limited staff onsite to help people with scheduled appointments or to take payment – all other enquires are available online or via email. Our staff 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.  

Questions or applications may be submitted online during this time - please contact us at permitquestions@vancouver.ca , and we will help you get started on your project. 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

Review the latest permit processing times

Permit processing times as of
July 1, 2020

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 71%
Minor residential renovation 7 weeks 41%

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

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