Regulation redesign: simplifying rules for city building

Updated and simplified land use regulations and policies will result in more streamlined review processes.

We have started a comprehensive review of our regulations, policies, and processes for planning, development, and building.

The aim of the review is to:

  • Simplify, clarify, and update regulations
  • Improve the consistency of regulations and policies
  • Streamline permit review processes
  • Ensure land use regulations align with our emerging policies and priorities
  • Improve communication and information sharing

View the Regulation Redesign presentation  (1.1 MB) which contains background information on the project's key objectives. 

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What's happening

Upcoming events

Join us at our engagement events to share your experience with the City of Vancouver's land use and development regulations.

Events at the Development and Building Services Centre

Meet us anytime from 9am to 11am at 515 W 10th Ave, Ground Floor:

  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Regulation Re-design Roundtable 2018

When: Wednesday, November 28, 8:30am to 12pm
Where: SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings St)

 Register to attend the Regulation Redesign Roundtable

Pop-up events around town

When: Thursday, November 29, 10am to 2pm 
Where: Kerrisdale Lumber’s Customer Appreciation Day (6191 West Blvd)

When: Tuesday, December 4, 7:30am to 10:30am
Where: Cloverdale Paint Pop-up (751 Terminal Ave)

When: Thursday, December 6, 10am to 2pm
Where: Dunbar Lumber Supply Pop-up (2930 Arbutus St)

Regulatory updates

On July 17, 2018 Council approved several regulatory improvements at Public Hearing.

The amendments include updates to the RS zones, clarifying decision-making authority throughout the bylaw, providing more flexibility for artist studio live and work spaces, simplifing review processes, and repealing outdated policies.

Next steps

Ongoing regulatory updates to streamline review processes, simplify and consolidate regulations, bylaws, and policies to make it user friendly will be reported to Council throughout the review.


Here is our process and anticipated milestones

  • We are here
  • Spring -
    winter 2018

    Phase 1: Project Start Up

    What we are doing:

    • Review regulatory framework and best practices
    • Public consultation, listening sessions, kiosk at the development and building services centre, stakeholder roundtable, pop-up events in the community
    • Seek feedback to identify issues and ideas of the current land use zoning and development regulatory framework

    Who we’ll consult with:

    • Development and building industry professionals, builders, and the broader public
  • Winter -

    Phase 2: Develop options and directions

    What we will do:

    • Prioritize issues based on findings in Phase 1
    • Report to Council with options and directions

    Who we'll consult with:

    • Development and building industry professionals, builders, and the broader public

  • Fall -
    winter 2019

    Phase 3: Initiate implementation

    What we will do:

    • Amendments to simplify regulations and review processes
    • Strategy for ongoing rationalization

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