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Rezoning

In November 2023, the Province announced a number of proposed legislations aimed at accelerating home construction. The legislation received Royal Assent on November 30, 2023. Review the enacted legislation to understand its implications

Rezoning changes the zoning of a property, regulating how it can be used or developed.

The purpose of rezoning is to change regulations so development can align with City Council's priorities.

One outcome or condition of City Council approving a rezoning is the securing of development contributions to offset its impacts and make sure our growing city is liveable for all.

Property owners can apply to rezone sites according to Council-approved rezoning policies. We, the City of Vancouver, can also rezone sites, usually on an area-wide basis. City Council decides on all rezoning applications.

Review a visual guide of the rezoning process overview  (464 KB)

Find a rezoning application

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The Marine Gateway mixed-use development was allowed due to a Comprehensive Development District rezoning

Custom rezoning

Comprehensive Development (CD-1) district rezonings create new zoning districts to allow for certain uses and forms of development on specific sites. There may be certain conditions that the developer has to meet (such as legal agreements or design guidance), before City Council enacts the new zoning by-law.

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Zoning district changes

Zoning district change rezonings change a site's or an area's zoning from one district to another (for example, from RS-1 to RM-8A). This type of rezoning involves fewer submission requirements and is less complex than rezoning to a CD-1. 

The infill housing at 1523 Davie Street is built under a text amendment rezoning for minor changes in the form of development permitted on site.

Minor rezonings

Minor rezonings are typically text amendments to an existing regulation to change what is currently permitted (such as adding a land use) or to correct an error.

Learn about rezoning and get resources if you're affected

How rezoning works

Rezoning involves an application, staff review, public input, and City Council decision. Find out how your feedback informs the process.

Help for residential renters

How renters are protected, including during rezoning and development. Property standards database and rental policy updates.

Help for commercial tenants

Resources in multiple languages for commercial tenants to plan to relocate their business and find support.

Rezone your property

Apply to rezone your property

Steps to get advice and apply to rezone your property.

Find out what can go on your site

Refer to the Zoning and Development By-law to identify what uses are allowed on a site, including the size and location of any structures.

Related projects

Development process redesign

Development process redesign is a comprehensive review of our development process functions involving multiple City departments.

Contact the Rezoning Centre

rezoning@vancouver.ca