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Construction damage deposit

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Most building projects in Vancouver – renovations or new construction – will require a refundable damage deposit before the building permit is issued. This deposit will cover damage to City property such as sidewalks.

Process and timeline

  1. An inspector will inspect the site after you apply for the building permit. The inspector will take photographs at that time to document the situation.
  2. When you come in to pick up your permit, you pay the damage deposit and the inspection fee.
  3. Once the permit is issued, an inspector will check the site for any changes since the initial inspection, and will update the information on file at that time.
  4. After the construction work is completed, call Engineering Services to book an inspection of the City property. The inspection will typically be scheduled within 1 week (5 business days).
  5. The inspection will take 30-45 minutes for a single-family home, and longer for multi-family, commercial or industrial sites.
  6. The deposit will be used to pay for repairs to any new damage to City property. The balance of the deposit will be refunded to you. You will receive the cheque about 4 weeks after the final inspection.



The deposit amount will depend on the scope of your project. The deposit will be at least $1,000. For single family homes, the fee is typically $2,000. For other projects, the deposit may be significantly larger.

Tax is not charged on this portion of your construction damage deposit.

Inspection fee

The inspection fee will vary, based on the size of the project. For 2012, the fee ranges from $166.45 to $3,221.71. 

Tax is additional.


The deposit and inspection fee can be paid by cash or cheque. You pay for them at the Client Services desk in Engineering Services.

Any balance owing on the deposit will be refunded by cheque. The inspection fee is non-refundable.

More information about the inspection fee, can be found in the Street and Traffic Bylaw (Bylaw 2849).

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Creating an account takes just 10 minutes and it lets you pay for additional permit fees, submit site plans and documents, and monitor your permit status online.

Contact Client Services

5th floor, Crossroads
507 West Broadway
(at Cambie St)
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0B4

Monday to Friday
(except holidays)
8:30am to 5:00pm

Phone: 604-871-6730