You will need a:
- Plumbing permit to install, change, or upgrade any part of a plumbing system
- Gas permit to install or replace a natural gas appliance, piping, or venting
You will not need a plumbing permit to:
- Repair or replace valves or faucets
- Repair or replace fixtures (as long as they remain in the same location)
- Clear stoppages in pipes or drains
- Repair leaks
Not sure if you need a permit?
Please contact the Development and Building Services Centre.
Note New permit fees in effect January 1, 2021
Applications submitted online by December 31 will be processed with 2020 fees. Review 2020 and 2021 fees PDF file (984 KB)
Steps to getting a gas or plumbing permit
Review the latest permit processing times
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||
We aim to issue 95% of permit applications in:
In the last three months, we achieved our target for the following percentage of applications:
|Simple gas permits||5 business days||94%|
|Other gas permits requiring plan review||25 business days||-%|
|Simple plumbing permits||5 business days||90%|
|Other plumbing permits requiring plan review||25 business days||71%|
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Contact the Development and Building Services Centre
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
- 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
Resources and quick links
Online permit and licences portal
Register for an account, submit applications, view the status of applications, and book an inspection.
Steps to getting an inspection
Review the steps required to getting a plumbing or gas inspection.
Bulletins and advisories
Read our bulletins and advisories that interpret building and electrical bylaws and explain building technical and administrative regulations and processes.
Download a sewer connection placard (128 KB)
All sewer and storm inspections will require a connection placard to be clearly visible and attached to the stakes that identify the capped end of each connection.
Have you submitted an application online?
We want to hear from you.