Vancouver Building Bylaw 10908

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

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

Vancouver's ability to adopt its own Building Bylaw is unique in British Columbia. This ability allows City Council the opportunity to quickly respond to issues that have an impact on building safety within the City.

This ability has provided the City of Vancouver the opportunity to be a leader with respect to building regulations, in the areas of:

  • Accessibility
  • Alteration to existing buildings
  • Artist Live/Work Studios
  • Energy utilization
  • Rain screen cladding system
  • Sprinklered buildings

Vancouver Building Bylaw changes

In September, 2013, Council approved in principle a new 2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL).

On April 1, 2014, Council adopted the 2012 British Columbia Building Code (BCBC) with additional requirements and revisions specific to Vancouver. It took effect January 1, 2015 (extended from July 1, 2014 at the June 24 Council meeting).

Developed in consultation with industry professionals, Building Bylaw 10908 includes amendments to the former Building Bylaw 9419 to improve housing for seniors and people with disabilities, while supporting the objectives of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

The complete Building Bylaw is available in print or electronically through the Queen’s Printer:

Announcing the new proposed VBBL2019

Highlights of the proposed changes were presented during feedback sessions in April 2019.

The slide presentation are from those sessions, and are available now for your reference.

The presentation was prepared for those who have current practical knowledge of either BCBC2012/2018 codes as well as the unique to Vancouver differences in the VBBL2014.

The Chief Building Official's office will be accepting any and all comments with regards to the new changes up to May 15. Send them to:

The proposed changes for the new VBBL2019 bylaw  (2.25 MB)

Updates to the bylaw

As of March 1, 2018, updates to the Vancouver Building Bylaw come into effect, and may impact the following areas of your project:

  • Energy requirements
    • Solar shades for Passive House projects
    • Insulation requirements
    • Limits to exterior lighting
  • Building Fire and Life Safety
    • Residential security – door frames
    • Shower door swing direction
  • Plumbing
    • Water efficiency
    • Landscape irrigation, geoexchange, and vehicle wash

To minimize delays in processing, ensure your project manager or project designer is aware of the changes to the requirements and incorporates them into building and trades permit applications.

All building and trades permit applications received after February 28, 2018 must comply with the new regulations.

Ask questions about the building bylaw

Amendments available

To obtain and download current Vancouver Building Amendments, please use the links below:

Consolidated bylaw amendments for VBBL 2014 (effective August 15, 2018)