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Get a plumbing or gas permit

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.

New electronic applications

Our new electronic applications allows you to submit permit applications electronically and perform other functions digitally. Currently, some permits can be submitted online and may include the payment of fees. We’re working on adding more permits online over time. Refer to your specific permit's steps for more information.

Learn more about submitting your permit application electronically

Steps to getting a gas or plumbing permit

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Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Development and Building Centre
515 West 10th Avenue, Ground Floor
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

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