Vancouver Building By-law

The City of Vancouver is enabled under the Vancouver Charter to adopt by-laws to regulate the design and construction of buildings.

The Vancouver Building By-law regulates the design and construction of buildings, as well as the administrative provisions related to permitting, inspections, and the enforcement of these requirements.

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The complete building by-law is available in print or electronically through the Queen's Printer website .

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What's new

2019 Vancouver Building By-law 12511

Vancouver’s City Council recently enacted the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law which will take effect on November 1, 2019.

Aspects of the 2019 VBBL can be incorporated in projects subject to the 2014 VBBL by following the details provided within the Vancouver Building By-law section below.

New communication system for updates

We're now sending email updates for important information specific to the building by-law, in a timely manner. Sign up for updates in the above subscription box.

We encourage interested parties to subscribe as soon as possible as there will be a number of building by-law related broadcasts in the near future.

Building by-laws


For bulletins pertaining to all versions of the Vancouver Building By-law, refer to the following link:

Review the latest bulletins clarifying bylaw requirements

Training courses

Learn about the differences between the BCBC 2018 and the unique to Vancouver requirements.

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Course: BLDG 1845
Starting: October 21, 2019
Learn about the course