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Permits and regulations

Commercial renovation centre

Are you a small business owner planning a renovation or looking to move or start a business in Vancouver? Learn how we can help you.

Building permits and regulations are enforced by the City of Vancouver to ensure safety and livability for you, your neighbours, and future property owners and residents.

To keep Vancouver safe and liveable, we:

  • Reviews permit applications, and enforces regulations in a fair and consistent manner
  • Is working hard to decrease the length and complexity of the permit process by introducing online services and more efficient processes 
  • Enforces procedures to protect historic buildings and our urban forest during development and renovations

Development and Building Services Centre

More services, one location

Our Services Centre has moved from City Hall East Wing to 515 West 10th Ave (at the northwest corner of Cambie St and West 10th Ave). The East Wing is now closed.

Free 2-hour parking is offered at the surface parking lot on West 10th Ave between Cambie St and Yukon St.

When you arrive at the Services Centre

Select 'Show more' for a full list of the services available at the Services Centre.

How we can help you

Trying to avoid getting a permit to save money can end up costing you time, and money. If you are unsure whether or not you need a permit, call the Development and Building Services Centre at 604-873-7611.

The pages in this section will prepare you, so you can speak with your contractor with confidence, and have the information you need to get started.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

Do you need an inspection?


City inspectors can help you make sure that construction or renovation work is done safely, and complies with relevant bylaws.

Learn about inspections

Have a construction concern?

The City encourages safe and tidy construction activity that is—when necessary—approved with permits.

Tell the City about a construction concern

Get a permit

Apply for and manage your permit

Find out what permits you need, how to apply for them, how much they cost, and more.

Risks of working without a permit

Renovation or construction work done without a permit can be costly, if you should have had a permit for that work. Learn more here.

Application forms and checklists

View and download the application forms or checklists for projects which will require a development permit, building permit, or development-building (combined permit).

When you need a permit

Are you planning a renovation or building project in Vancouver? Find out if you need a permit, and what kind of permit(s) you need.

Know the rules

Garbage and recycling storage facilities

Get the developers' guide to building garbage and storage facilities to meet building code, and zoning and development bylaws.

Regulations, bulletins, and advisories

Learn about the regulations that apply to construction and development in Vancouver, and the bulletins and advisories that update those regulations.

Learn about building in Vancouver


Statistics on construction activity

View data about construction-related activity in the City of Vancouver.

Get news about development and building

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