Building a new house or laneway house requires a number of approvals and permits to ensure homes are built safe, healthy, and accessible for all in our city.
Laneway houses in the R1-1 zone
Try the new Project Requirements Exploration Tool where you can:
- Explore if a laneway house is allowed on your property
- Find out what permits are needed to build it
- Apply for your development/building permit
- Provide the required documents – specific to your property's attributes – to avoid delays when we intake your application
Steps to build a new house or laneway house
Steps to amend (revise or change) an issued building permit
After you get your water and sewer connection permit
If you already have your permit and want to know when you'll get your connections, use our questionnaire to find out what happens next.
Elapsed time measures from the date that an application generates a permit number to when the permit is issued. Timelines are influenced by the volume of instream applications to be processed, completeness of the application, site/project specific requirements, customer response times, and more.
The Development and Building Centre is open for in-person scheduled appointments or payments.
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Centre
515 West 10th Avenue, Ground Floor
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
Heat pump rebate and energy efficient enquiries
Information icon We do not administer heat pump rebate applications.
Contact a Clean BC Better Homes Energy Coach through their online form External link icon or by phone 1-844-881-9790.
Permits, inspections, and forms
Review regulations and apply for the required permits for your construction or renovation project.
Book or cancel an electrical, plumbing, building, fire sprinkler, gas, or sidewalk inspection for your construction or renovation project.
View and download the building or development permit application forms and submission requirements.