Vancouver's most referenced bylaws

Here are the City of Vancouver bylaws that people request the most.

For convenience, the most frequently used bylaws have been consolidated. In a consolidated bylaw, the original bylaw (or "parent" bylaw) is updated to include all of the amendments to that bylaw.

The electronic copies of the bylaws are not the Official Copies. If you need an official copy of a bylaw, please contact the City Clerk's Office.

Vancouver's most referenced bylaws

Animal Control Bylaw

Establishes a pound, licenses dogs, and regulates dogs and other animals in the City of Vancouver.

Fire By-law

Summary of the City of Vancouver Fire By-law 12472. This by-law contains the regulations actively enforced by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.

Graffiti By-law

Prevents the unsightliness of property by prohibiting the placement of graffiti and requiring that property be kept free of graffiti.

Health By-law

Provides for the care, promotion, and protection of the health of City of Vancouver inhabitants.

Heritage Bylaws

Describes the requirements for protecting, altering, maintaining, inspecting and conducting impact assessments for heritage properties, sites, landscapes, and more. The sites that were legally protected between 1974 and 2003 are included as schedules to the Heritage Bylaw. A separate list of heritage designation bylaws enacted since 2003 is also included for information purposes.

Licence By-law

Provides for the issuing of licences and regulation of business, trade, professions, and other occupations with the City of Vancouver

Noise Control By-law

Regulates noise: construction, garbage/recycling trucks, carpet cleaning trucks, leaf blowers, animals, people, and more.

Official development plan by-laws

Official development plans are development plans that Council has adopted by by-law.

Parking By-law

The Parking By-law applies to vehicle parking, loading, bicycle, and passenger spaces.

Protection of Trees By-law

Preserves, protects, and strengthens our urban forest, while permitting property owners to remove trees for property maintenance and development.

Sign By-law

Regulates all signs on private property, including signs encroaching over a street or lane.

Standards of Maintenance By-law

Prescribes standards for the maintenance and occupancy of buildings within the City of Vancouver to ensure that the buildings are free from hazard and are maintained continuously in conformity with accepted health, fire, and building requirements.

Street & Traffic Bylaw

Regulates traffic, the use of streets, and the size and weight of vehicles that are permitted to travel on City of Vancouver streets.

Street Tree Bylaw

Regulates the Vancouver Park Board's care, condition, and management of trees on boulevards and medians of City-owned streets.

Subdivision By-law

Regulates dividing or combining properties, minimum property sizes, and more.

Transit-Oriented Designation By-law

This by-law marks certain city areas on the maps attached to the by-law as transit-oriented areas to meet the requirements of Bill 47.

Vacancy Tax By-law

The Vacancy Tax (Empty Homes Tax) By-law describes how much the tax is, who it applies to, exemptions, penalties, enforcement, and more.

Vancouver Building By-law (CBO)

Regulates the design and construction of buildings. Administrative provisions related to permitting, inspections, and enforcement.

Zoning and Development By-law

The Zoning and Development By-law establishes regulations for the development of land in the City of Vancouver.

Park Board by-laws

Find bylaws for within parks in the City of Vancouver.

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