CBO (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.

Vancouver's ability to adopt its own Building By-law 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:

  • Safety
  • Health
  • Accessibility
  • Alteration to existing and heritage buildings
  • Artist Live/Work Studios
  • Energy utilization
  • Rain screen cladding system
  • Seismic/climate

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What's new

New (2019) Vancouver Building By-law 12511

Vancouver’s City Council has recently enacted the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law which will take effect on November 1, 2019. It should be noted that 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 CBO webpage updates

Vancouver’s website is now incorporating a subscription process to receive pertinent information specific to that webpage’s content, in a timely manner. This CBO webpage now incorporates a subscription box (above) to add interested parties to the CBO webpage information distribution list. 

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

Vancouver Building Bylaw