If you are looking to do a minor renovation or major renovation, such as a creating new space in your home, approvals will likely be needed to ensure your project meets current bylaws and regulations and ensure building safety.
Adding a secondary suite in your renovation? Find out more
Home Renovation Rebate Program
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 renovating your home
Step 1: Review the regulations and requirements
Before you start construction, determine if you need a building permit and review the regulations and requirements for your renovation.
Step 2: Engage a designer and contact City staff
To ensure that your project proceeds as smoothly as possible, it is important that certain details are reviewed and approved prior to proceeding with a formal application for a building permit.
Step 3: Submit your permit application
You will be given direction on how to submit your permit application based on the review and advice provided to you from City staff under step 2.
Step 4: Begin construction, get trade permits, and book inspections
Once your building permit has been approved and issued, you can begin work on your home renovation and get the required trade permits and book inspections.
Step 5: Complete your home renovation
Once a final inspection of the permitted work has been approved, we consider the project complete.
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
Permits, inspections, and forms
Review regulations and apply for the required permits for your construction or renovation project.
Book or cancel an electrical, plumbing, building, fire sprinkler, gas, or sidewalk inspection for your construction or renovation project.
View and download the building or development permit application forms and submission requirements.
Have you submitted an application online?
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