Zoning map, districts, and regulations

Zoning sets out how property can be used and developed according to neighbourhood and citywide goals and visions.

Zoning determines what is:

  • Allowed, for example, helping ensure a heritage neighbourhood maintains its unique and historical character
  • Encouraged, for example, encouraging new buildings and renovations that are sustainable for the long-term
  • Not allowed, for example, prohibiting an industrial manufacturing plant from being built in a residential neighbourhood

Vancouver is made up of many zoning districts. Some are scattered across the city, while others are found only in a single neighbourhood or local area. Each district has its own bylaws and schedules that dictate:

  • Our intent for what the zone is meant to achieve
  • Land use regulations (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and so on) 
  • Design considerations (building size, density, height, setbacks, floor area, landscaping, and so on) 

Some zoning districts may also:

  • Have accompanying Council-approved guidelines for development applications
  • Be governed by an official development plan (ODP), planning policy, or bylaw (for example, parking and loading requirements)


Updated green zoning policies

In an effort to reduce the environmental footprint of Vancouver's buildings, Council requires that all new buildings on rezoned sites in the city be built to LEED Gold standard. 

This green rezoning policy will:

  • Increase the number of third-party certified green buildings in Vancouver
  • Transform the market, by increasing consumer choice and awareness of green buildings
  • Develop a process that is workable for industry participants who wish to rezone their properties
  • Nurture an already rapidly growing green building industry in Vancouver

This policy has been in effect since January 2011.

Read the amended green buildings policy for rezonings


Learn about LEED

LEED logoLEED certification is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Learn about LEED External website

Rezoning changes how property is used

To use or develop a property in a way that doesn't comply with zoning regulations or planning policy, apply for rezoning.

Enquire about and apply for rezoning