Zoning by Law Vancouver

Rezoning policies provide guidance for the development or use of a property in a way that existing rules or zoning do not allow. If you are developing or renovating a property for commercial or residential purposes, there are a number of zoning bylaws to be aware of. You can find the area of any property in the city using our free CityMap map service. With CityMap, simply search for any property address and select the « Property Report » tool to view the area, OCP designation, heritage status and more. To receive updates, please subscribe to our mailing list on the page page. Visit the project website at vancouver.ca/RegRedesign to find out how to get involved and stay up to date on the project. We are pleased to introduce a new digital zone map that will help you find zoning information faster. The digital zoning map is an easier way to view and access zoning information. The map is a consolidated comfort version of the zoning district plan, which is part of the zoning and development by-law.

In addition, it aims to simplify and clarify zoning by-laws, such as changes in building height, introduction of definitions for verandas, terraces and similar features, improving the consistency of related by-laws, clarifying authorities and consolidating by-laws. The Zoning Code, Title 20 of the Vancouver Municipal Code, contains specific implementation standards for development. The plan and code also include maps showing the types of uses allowed for individual properties throughout the city. Other improvements include opening access to land use documents and zoning information through the creation of a library of zoning and land use documents and a digital zone map. Zone-specific rezoning policies allow for changes and define parameters within which the change can be taken into account. Some rezoning policies allow for city-wide changes. In most cases, changes can be made within a specific geographic area, often due to Board approval of a site-specific plan. The city`s zoning code defines and regulates micro-apartments as an independent form of housing. It defines « micro-dwelling » as a dwelling unit with a floor area between 23.2 m2 and 29.7 m2 (§2). The standards for micro-dwellings relate to tenure and affordability, floor space, permitted zoning districts, and maximum occupancy (§ 11.27). The City`s parking bylaws contain requirements for off-street parking by zone district and floor area (Parking By-law § 4.2.1) and requirements for bicycle parking spaces based on floor area (Parking By-law § 6.2.1). If you`re interested in a home-based business, you can use CityMap to confirm your property area, verify that your proposal meets zoning requirements, and then apply, renew, and pay for a business license.

The following documents provide useful information on zoning single-family homes and duplexes: Contact Bryan Snodgrass of the Department of Community and Economic Development for more information: bryan.snodgrass@cityofvancouver.us | 360-487-7946 Text changes to the zoning code may be revised more than once a year. Proposed zoning changes are also subject to public consultation by the Vancouver Planning Commission and City Council. We will publish the Council`s report as soon as it is made public. Visit covapp.vancouver.ca/councilMeetingPublic to view the agenda for Council meetings and to watch/listen to a meeting. Full plans can be changed up to once a year under state law. Landowners may submit proposals for changes to the City during this annual review period, including site-specific master plans and rezoning applications. Real estate in the city is regulated by the zoning by-law. Business owners are subject to commercial or industrial zone by-laws that are different from residential zone regulations that affect homeowners. Each zone determines the development potential of a property as well as the permitted uses. The city`s zoning code allows for light industry, trade, and research and development in Vancouver`s Mount Pleasant Industrial Zone, an existing innovation district.

It lists the complete uses of permits, including cultivation, manufacturing and retail (§I-1A-2), as well as conditional uses of permits such as housing, services and park use (§I-1A-3). Zoning updates support innovation growth by increasing building size (§I-1A-4). This zoning ordinance update is one of many changes the city has identified since 2013 to support the innovation economy, including the expansion of mixed-use building options that allow for greater general office use and greater flexibility in business expansion.