Vancouver Building By-law (CBO)

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

Get updates

* Indicates required fields

Questions about the building by-law?

Fill out our online form

What's new

2019 Vancouver Building By-law 12511

Vancouver’s City Council 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 Office of the Chief Building Official (CBO) 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 webpage now incorporates a subscription box (above) for by-law and other CBO related information. 

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.

Vancouver Building By-law


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