Vancouver launches new online tools to help speed up building

by Steve Randall16 May 2019

The City of Vancouver has updated its suite of tools relating to building permit regulations with the aim of speeding up the process.

The project to improve clarity and simplify the regulations was launched in 2018 and is the first effort to review and reform over 60 years of policy-making in zoning and land use.

"These improvements are part of the dedicated effort to speed up the permitting process and deliver much needed housing faster," said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. "This also better serves small- and medium-sized businesses by making it easier to work with the City."

The City garnered feedback from over 350 businesses and members of the public and has included a new video explaining zoning and how to find and use by-law information; and a new library to make finding land-use documents easier.

"The Regulation Redesign project is a concerted effort to streamline and make user-friendly the various rules and guidelines that govern development on private property. We aim to eliminate redundant, conflicting, and confusing provisions in our laws and enable faster and more efficient processing of applications," said Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability.

The project is ongoing and will lead to further improvements to the available information.


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