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    When you need a permit

    Note You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project through our online form or email.

    Projects that don't require a permit

    Many small projects and repairs do not require a permit.These include:

    Generally, you will be required to have a permit to begin construction, such as:

    Not sure if you need a permit? When in doubt, please contact the Development and Building Services Centre to determine if you are required to have a permit for your particular project.

    You may get a partial application fee refund when you withdraw your permit application (if the fee is refundable in its applicable by-law). Please note that an $85 administration fee will be required to process your refund request.

    Risks of working without a permit when it is required

    If you or your contractor do not have a permit for work that has already started, and it turns out you need a permit for that work, you could face serious – and potentially costly – consequences, including:

    As the homeowner, you are responsible for paying these fees or penalties yourself even if you have hired a contractor who assured you that permits were not needed.

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    Phone: 604-873-7611

    Note Access to the Services Centre is by appointment only. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available.

    Location and mailing addressDevelopment and Building Services Centre515 West 10th AvenueVancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

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