Apply for a single room accommodation (SRA) conversion and demolition permit

To alter, convert, or demolish rooms in your SRA-designated building, or carry out work that will require tenant relocation, you must first apply for an SRA conversion or demolition permit. Other City permits may also be required.

Most permits are issued in four to six months, depending on:

How to apply

Contact the SRA Bylaw coordinator to request a meeting and site visit to discuss your project.

For complex projects, we consult with staff from relevant City departments like Planning and Heritage to process your applications in parallel so your project can start promptly.

Complete and send the following items to the SRA Bylaw coordinator:

  1. SRA conversion/demolition permit application form PDF file (3 MB)
  2. Sworn affidavit PDF file (30 KB) that explains why the owner wants to convert or demolish any designated room
  3. Tenant register PDF file (100 KB) that lists the following items for each designated room:
    • Room number
    • Name of each permanent resident
    • Rent amount
    • Rent payment period (such as weekly or monthly)
    • Tenancy start date
  4. Plans showing the area of each room (existing and proposed)
  5. Tenant relocation plan application form PDF file (280 KB) that explains how you'll avoid disrupting tenants. If you can commit to not disrupting tenants at all, submit an affidavit PDF file (104 KB) instead

After all items are received, the SRA Bylaw coordinator will send you an invoice for the application fee. The fee is non-refundable.

Also, apply now for your building or development permit

We review your application and evaluate it based on the following criteria and give you feedback:

  • Accommodation that will be available to tenants affected by the conversion or demolition
  • Supply of low-cost accommodation downtown
  • Condition of the building
  • Replacement of SRAs in Vancouver
  • Recent history of the land and building, and its use and occupancy
  • Heritage and economic opportunities that result from the conversion or demolition

We may consult with staff from relevant City departments to make sure your application meets their requirements and guidelines. 


We recommend permit conditions and work with you on those recommendations to ensure your permit application:

  • Meets City housing objectives
  • Will be supported by Council or the chief housing officer

The permit conditions may include one or more of the following:

  • A housing agreement and covenant on title that secures rental tenure, rent levels, or operational requirements
  • $125,000 per room to be deposited in a reserve, to replace rooms permanently removed from the SRA Bylaw
  • A tenant relocation plan PDF file (740 KB)

City Council or the chief housing officer decides on your permit application based on five factors: 

  1. Accommodation that will be available to tenants affected by the conversion or demolition
  2. Supply of low-cost accommodation downtown
  3. Condition of the building
  4. Replacement of SRAs in Vancouver
  5. Recent history of the land and building, and its use and occupancy 

City Council decides on applications by private owners while the chief housing officer decides on applications by non-profit owners.

Based on their decision, your application may be:

  • Approved
  • Approved with the conditions set out above
  • Refused

For your application to be approved, its plans must be consistent with those in your building or development permit application.

After you meet the conditions of your SRA permit, apply for the other necessary building and development permits.

If you need legal agreements, like a housing agreement, complete and register it at the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC External website.

We issue your SRA permit and mail it to you after you meet all of its conditions.

Start your work to alter, convert, or demolish the rooms after your permits are issued and you provide us with your tenant relocation plan.

Contact the SRA Bylaw coordinator

Have questions about the SRA permit process? Ready to request a pre-application meeting? Get in touch.