Zoning and land use document library
Access zoning and land use documents, including the Zoning and Development By-law, official development plans, policies, guidelines, and bulletins.
Authority to regulate land use
In Vancouver, the authority to regulate land use is granted by the Vancouver Charter. The charter is a provincial statute that specifies the types of by-laws the City can enact and what the by-laws can regulate.
In keeping with the authority granted by the charter, the Zoning and Development By-law establishes regulations for the development of land in Vancouver.
What the by-law regulates
- The types of land uses allowed
- Where a building can be located on a site
- The building's maximum height and size
- Other provisions necessary to enable good city building
Want to find out what uses are allowed on your property? Follow these steps and review the relevant regulations in the Zoning and Development By-law and any related by-laws before you begin.
Step 1: Determine your property's zoning district
Step 2: Review the rules in the district schedule that applies to your property
Step 3: Review other sections of the by-law
Step 4: Review policies and guidelines, parking requirements, and other related by-laws
Step 5: Review what you need to do if you are thinking of renovating or building