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Field review

COVID-19 update: Development, Building, and Licensing 

September 3, 2021: Services Centre access is by appointment only. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available. 

To help process your applications more quickly, we have moved to a digital approach for all applications, enquiries, and payments. 

Wearing a mask is required if you need to visit City, Park Board, and library facilities.

  • General enquiries: Phone 604-873-7611
  • Building, development, and application enquiries:
    • Use our online form and receive a tracking number, which you can use to get real-time status updates from 3-1-1.
    • We will respond to all enquiries within 10 business days.

You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project through our online form or email.

We are making changes to speed up permitting and reduce wait times. Learn more about the changes

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

We are accepting field review building permit applications online. Refer to step 3 for more details.

Review the latest permit processing times

Permit processing times as of June 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 37%
Minor residential renovation 7 weeks 0%

Permit processing workflow

  • 1

    Prepare and submit your application to us

  • 2

    We work with you to review your application

  • 3

    Book your field review inspection

  • 4

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

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Contact us online

Phone: 604-873-7611

Access to the Services Centre is by appointment only. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available. 

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