When you need a permit
Important note Wearing a mask is required if you need to visit City, Park Board, and library facilities.
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.
Contact the Development and Building Services Centre
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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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