What is zoning?
Zoning is a set of rules that set out how property can be used and developed according to citywide goals and priorities.
In Vancouver, the authority to regulate land use is granted by the Vancouver Charter. The charter is a provincial statute that specifies the types of by-laws the City can enact and what the by-laws can regulate.
In keeping with the authority granted by the charter, the Zoning and Development By-law establishes regulations for the development of land in Vancouver.
What the by-law regulates
- The types of land uses allowed
- Where a building can be located on a site
- The building's maximum height and size
- Other provisions necessary to enable good city building
These regulations reflect the City’s values and goals.
How to use the by-law
Want to find out what uses are allowed on your property? Thinking of renovating or building? Follow these steps and review the relevant regulations in the Zoning and Development By-law and any related by-laws before you begin.
Step 1: Determine your property's zoning designation
Step 2: Find out if you need a development permit
Step 3: Review the rules in the district schedule that applies to your property
Step 4: Review the general regulations for specific uses and definitions
Step 5: Review policies and guidelines, parking requirements, and other related by-laws