Regulations, bulletins, and advisories

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Construction and renovation work in Vancouver is regulated by local bylaws and guidelines including:

Construction and renovation work is also regulated by provincial regulations including:

Bulletins and advisories

In addition to bylaws, the City issues bulletins and advisories with:

  • Explanatory information on building regulations and processes (technical and administrative)
  • Interpretations of building, fire, and electrical bylaws

Learning more

Stay current on bulletins and advisories by using the bulletins and advisories database, below.

If you have questions about:

  • The theory or intent behind bulletins or advisories, email the Chief Building Official, at right.
  • How bulletins or advisories will be implemented, phone Development Services, at right.

Bulletin codes

Each bulletin has a code which includes the year it was issued, and the area it relates to.

For example, bulletin 2000-015-BU/EL was issued in 2000, was the 15th bulletin issued that year, and relates to building and electrical topics.

Code Subject area
AD Administration
BU Building
DS Development Services
EL Electrical
EV Environmental
GA Gas
PL Plumbing
SP Sprinkler (fire sprinkler)

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Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

 The Services Centre and Phone Centre will close for the Christmas holidays at 3pm on Monday, December 24 and will reopen at 8:30am on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

Contact the Chief Building Official

Ask questions about the building bylaw