New Vancouver Building Bylaw

At its September 25, 2013 meeting, Vancouver City Council approved a new Vancouver Building Bylaw that brings about changes to support housing for renters, seniors and people with disabilities while eliminating red tape and supporting the city’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. The updated building code reduces administrative requirements for building and construction professionals while enhancing energy and water efficiency, accessibility, and fire and life safety requirements. Changes include:

  • Mandating of adaptable housing requirements such as wider doorways, stairways, and corridors, as well as requiring automatic door openers at the main entry of apartment buildings to support seniors and people with disabilities;
  • Making it easier to add kitchen and bathroom facilities to SRO buildings by waiving the renovation requirement that such changes be tied to other upgrades;
  • Setting improved energy efficiency targets for one- and two-family dwellings, which will have 50% fewer GHGs annually than the current provincial code;
  • Allowing the Chief Building Official to extend a building permit twice without requiring council approval; and,
  • Giving the Chief Building Officer authority to set a deadline by which a landlord must comply with legal orders.

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