Fire hydrant use permit

A fire hydrant use permit will give you access to the City's water system. Fire hydrants are often used to control dust and wash down building sites and roads during construction. They are also used in filming projects.

The fire hydrant use permit allows you to use up to five specific hydrants in a four-month period.

How to apply for a fire hydrant use permit

Confirm the hydrants you need are available

Phone the Water Design branch at 604-873-7357.

Where to apply

Apply for a fire hydrant permit at the Client Service Centre, on the 5th floor of the Crossroads building at 507 West Broadway.

What to bring when you apply for your permit

To apply for a permit, visit the Client Service Centre and provide:

  • The exact location and serial number of the hydrants you want to use
  • The backflow prevention assembly serial number and a copy of the assembly test report
  • Your stated purpose for using the hydrant


This is the process for obtaining and returning your permit:

  1. Fill out the application form and pay for the permit in person
  2. Return your permit when you are done with the hydrants
  3. Get your deposit back after a City inspector confirms there is no damage to the hydrant

Rules and restrictions

There are rules and restrictions for fire hydrant use.

  • Use only one hydrant at a time, or you will affect the water pressure of the City's water system.
  • Install a tested backflow preventer on the hydrant and use a hydrant key to operate it.

We do not issue hydrant use permits to:

  • Fill swimming pools
  • Irrigate gardens and lawns
  • Mix concrete
  • Pressure-wash surfaces

Fire hydrant permit fees

The fee is due when you apply for the fire hydrant permit. You can pay by cash, cheque, credit card, or debit card.

Item Fee Tax
Permit $50.00 per hydrant (5-hydrant maximum) 5% GST
Damage deposit $500.00 No tax

Locate a fire hydrant

Find a fire hydrant using the City of Vancouver VanMap application.

  • Fire hydrants show up as red or blue dots.
  • A red dot indicates that the hydrant is for 'fire use only'. A blue dot indicates that a hydrant use permit can be issued for the hydrant.
  • Hover your mouse over the dot to see the number the City uses to identify it.

Find a hydrant

Contact Client Services

5th floor, Crossroads
507 West Broadway
(at Cambie St)
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0B4

Monday to Friday
(except holidays)
8:30am to 5:00pm

Phone: 604-871-6730