Regulation Redesign: Updated Zoning and Development By-law

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Updates to the Zoning and Development By-law in effect November 14, 2022.

Council approved changes that will make it easier to find and use information contained within the Zoning and Development By-law on July 5, 2022. The updated by-law will be in effect November 14, 2022.

Register to attend an orientation session on the updated Zoning and Development By-law.

Online

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm (English) (complete)
  • Thursday, November 3, 2022, 9:30am - 10:30am (English with Mandarin interpretation) (complete)

In-person

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Ross Street Gurdwara (English) (complete)

Need to talk to us? Our remote office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 to 30, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Sign me up

We want to ensure that everyone has access to the updated Zoning and Development By-law. If you are unable to view or read the documents send an email to regredesign@vancouver.ca or call 3-1-1.

In Fall 2018 we launched the Regulation Redesign project to simplify the City of Vancouver's land use regulations, policies and online tools to support the streamlining of permit processing. This webpage provides a one-stop location where you can learn about the project progress, share your input and stay up to date on engagement opportunities.

Updates to the Zoning and Development By-law in effect November 14, 2022.

Council approved changes that will make it easier to find and use information contained within the Zoning and Development By-law on July 5, 2022. The updated by-law will be in effect November 14, 2022.

Register to attend an orientation session on the updated Zoning and Development By-law.

Online

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm (English) (complete)
  • Thursday, November 3, 2022, 9:30am - 10:30am (English with Mandarin interpretation) (complete)

In-person

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Ross Street Gurdwara (English) (complete)

Need to talk to us? Our remote office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 to 30, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Sign me up

We want to ensure that everyone has access to the updated Zoning and Development By-law. If you are unable to view or read the documents send an email to regredesign@vancouver.ca or call 3-1-1.

In Fall 2018 we launched the Regulation Redesign project to simplify the City of Vancouver's land use regulations, policies and online tools to support the streamlining of permit processing. This webpage provides a one-stop location where you can learn about the project progress, share your input and stay up to date on engagement opportunities.

  • Updated Zoning and Development By-law in effect November 14, 2022

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    Register to attend an orientation session on the updated Zoning and Development By-law. At the session, we will provide a review of the new features and organization of the updated by-law and let you know about resources available to support the transition from the current version of the by-law to the updated by-law.

    Online

    • Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm (English) complete
    • Thursday, November 3, 2022, 9:30am - 10:20am (English with Mandarin interpretation) complete


    In-person

    • Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Ross Street Gurdwara (English) complete


    Remote office Hours

    Need to talk to us? Our remote office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 to 30, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Sign me up

  • Updated user-friendly Zoning and Development By-law

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    At a public hearing on July 5, Council approved changes that will make it easier to find and use information contained within the Zoning and Development By-law. Scheduled for release in mid-November, the updated by-law contains tables, diagrams, re-organized sections, hyperlinks, and accessibility features replacing the existing text-based format. The simplified and more consistent regulations will be easier to understand and apply, which will help to streamline permit review.

    We will be hosting by-law orientation sessions in the fall. Check this site for updates and to sign-up to attend a session.

    Public hearing documents:

  • Public Hearing date set for July 5, 2022

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    On July 5, 2022, at a Public Hearing, we will present proposed amendments to the administrative sections, general regulation sections and district schedules of the Zoning and Development By-law to improve document navigation and accessibility, and to clarify land use regulations. Council will be considering proposed amendments to the By-law to update and reformat the document, to apply new terms, simplify wording, and to consolidate and improve the consistency of regulations.

    For more information on ways to participate, how to speak on the matter before Council or to send in comments, visit the City Council meetings and decisions page.

  • Council referral report now live

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    The project referral report on the Draft Updated Zoning and Development By-law is now posted on the City's website and will go before Council on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

    If the report is referred to Public Hearing, further information on the date, time, and how to sign up to speak or share your comments will be provided.

    To view the agenda, read the report, and watch/ listen to the meeting click here.

  • Council referral report - June 7, 2022

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    On June 7, 2022 we will report to Council with proposed amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law to improve navigation and accessibility, and to clarify and consolidate land use regulations for referral to a future Public Hearing. The proposed amendments include a user-friendly format and clearer regulations.

    We will post the Council report when it becomes available to the public. Visit covapp.vancouver.ca/councilMeetingPublic for Council meeting agendas and to watch/ listen to a meeting.

  • Draft updated Zoning and Development By-law engagement is now closed

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    From April 22 to May 6, 2022, we presented the draft updated Zoning and Development By-law for public review and input. The proposed improvements to the By-law would apply to the administrative sections, general regulations sections and general district schedules. The improvements include user-friendly format, organization and wording to make regulations clearer and easier to find. Our work to clarify the By-law will not affect what you can build or renovate.

    New formatting features include:

    • Enhanced document navigation and accessibility
    • Clear rules with explanatory diagrams
    • Consolidated rules
    • Document standards

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Your feedback, combined with other input, will be made public and included in the engagement summary report to Council in June 2022. Please monitor this page and the Regulation Redesign project page for updates.

  • Draft Updated Zoning and Development By-law

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    The proposed draft administrative sections, general regulations sections and district schedules of the Zoning and Development By-law are available for review. Please click on the link to view the new format of each draft document. Note: hyperlinks within the draft documents link to a current version of the Zoning and Development By-law. The contents of the documents are being finalized and may change based on feedback received.

    Administrative sections and general sections

    1. Administration
    2. Definitions
    3. Authorities
    4. Development permits
    5. By-law relaxations and powers of discretion
    6. Amendments to the by-law
    7. General prohibitions
    8. Building lines
    9. Zoning districts
    10. General regulations
    11. Use-specific regulations
    12. Enforcement
    13. Penalties
    14. Repeal of previous by-laws
    15. Effective date of by-law


    Zoning district schedules

    Agricultural district


    Commercial districts


    Historic area districts


    Industrial districts


    Rental districts


    Residential districts


  • Digital Zoning Map

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    We are excited to present a new digital zoning map to help you find zoning information faster. The Digital Zoning Map is a simpler way to visualize and access zoning information. The map is a consolidated convenience version of the Zoning District Plan, which is part of the Zoning and Development By-law.

    Explore the Digital Zoning Map! Complete the survey within the Digital Zoning Map to share your thoughts.

  • Upcoming engagement opportunity: April 22 - May 6, 2022

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    We will be presenting a draft updated Zoning and Development By-law, with proposed reformatted administrative sections, general regulations sections and district schedules for a user-friendly

    By-law. The changes involve improvements to the format, organization, and wording to make the regulations clearer and easier to administer. Modifications to the By-law for clarity do not affect what you can build or renovate on your property.

    Mark your calendars and please check back April 22 for new materials and ways you can engage.

    Information session - April 27, 2020 I 10:00am - 11:00am (Complete)

    Join us online to learn about the proposed improvements to make the City of Vancouver's Zoning and Development By-law more clear and more accessible.

    Register now to attend

    • Missed the session? Watch the video presentation or view the slides. The video contains the same content as presented in the information session.
  • Engagement summary - district schedule prototype

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    We presented a proposed new district schedule format (using RM district schedules as examples), updated wording and new defined terms, and asked for public feedback on removing outdated regulations from June 15 to July 13, 2021. Read the engagement summary for results of the consultation. This summary includes information on the project process to date and a summary of what we heard.

    Our next steps are to review and refine the proposed format and wording based on what we heard. In 2022, we will present a draft reformatted Zoning and Development By-law for Council's consideration at Public Hearing.

    To receive updates, please sign-up to our mailing list on the side panel. Visit the project webpage at vancouver.ca/RegRedesign for opportunities to engage and to stay up-to-date on the project.

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