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Building permit

You will need to apply for a building permit if you want to build a new house, garage, or carport.

Business licence renewals

Business licence renewal notices are mailed in early December. You can renew your licence online.

Trades permits

You need trade permits for plumbing, drainage, gas, and electrical work, and may also require environmental permits.

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Streamside Protection Development Permit Area (DPA)

If your property is within Streamside Protection DPA, you may need a permit to build or develop the land. View the map for this DPA, and review the requirements.

Street use permit

You need a temporary street use permit if you are going to temporarily obstruct all or a portion of any lane of traffic, parking lane, alley, sidewalk, or boulevard. 

Tree permit

You need a tree permit if you want to remove any tree that is larger than 75cm (30") in diameter, when measured 1.3 metres (4.3 ') above ground level, or a tree that is protected. 

Water restrictions and lawn sprinkling permits

Metro Vancouver imposes lawn sprinkling regulations for everyone from May 15 to October 15. You can apply for a lawn sprinkling permit, which gives you a temporary exemption from the restrictions. Learn more and apply.

Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area (DPA)

If your property is within a Wildfire Hazard Development DPA, you may need a permit to build or develop the land. View the map for this DPA, and review the requirements.

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