Get a special inspection

A special inspection is an inspection of all systems and structures (in all or in part) of an existing building to:

  • Assess general code compliance
  • Identify upgrading requirements, including any permits needed for the work

Are you creating a secondary suite for your home? 

Learn more about whether a special inspection is required

When you need a special inspection

A special inspection may be required or recommended by City staff depending on the details of your project. Common scenarios that may require a special inspection:

  • An existing occupancy classification is changing to allow for a new business or tenant
  • Significant work has occurred without permits
  • A building has been damaged by fire
  • To determine upgrading requirements for a child daycare or community care space

Steps to getting a special inspection

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Contact us online

Access to the Services Centre is for those with scheduled appointments or looking to provide payment. Requests for appointments can be made online.

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

Transit nearby

  • Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
  • 99 B-line, #15, and #9 buses