Regulation Redesign: Simplifying rules for city building

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Drawing of organized zoning document and buildings with height measurements.Image: Drawing of organized zoning document.Proposed amendments to simplify height regulations.

Based on ideas and comments we heard at our June 2019 workshop on floor area and height regulations, we're exploring amendments to simplify, clarify, and make our height regulations easier to understand. The proposed amendments include:

  • Creating new definitions for "height" and "decorative roof".
  • Updating the definition for "base surface".
  • Updating section 10.18 using more modern language and providing more flexibility for roof deck access and rooftop features, and clarifying decorative roof regulations.

Online Public Hearing: Thursday, July 6, 2021 at 6:00pm

This Public Hearing will be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No- M192, "Local Government Meetings and By-law Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3".


Due to COVID-19, a Public Health Order currently prohibits members of the public from attending the City's Public Hearings in-person. Members of the public can listen and watch the proceedings via the City's website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk. Speakers can participate by phone or by providing written submissions.

Send your comments online

Request to speak by phone

Or give feedback via mail to:

City of Vancouver, City Clerk's Office

453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor

Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4


Requests to speak open at 8:30 am on Friday, June 25, 2021. Your comments and name will be published in the meeting record. Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing at all times on the meeting agenda online, starting Friday, June 25, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Meeting minutes will also be available at this location approximately two business days after the hearing.


To learn what the City is doing to modernize the zoning by-law format and language, visit Regulation Redesign: Modernizing the Zoning and Development By-law page on Shape Your City (survey open until July 6, 2021).


Drawing of organized zoning document and buildings with height measurements.Image: Drawing of organized zoning document.Proposed amendments to simplify height regulations.

Based on ideas and comments we heard at our June 2019 workshop on floor area and height regulations, we're exploring amendments to simplify, clarify, and make our height regulations easier to understand. The proposed amendments include:

  • Creating new definitions for "height" and "decorative roof".
  • Updating the definition for "base surface".
  • Updating section 10.18 using more modern language and providing more flexibility for roof deck access and rooftop features, and clarifying decorative roof regulations.

Online Public Hearing: Thursday, July 6, 2021 at 6:00pm

This Public Hearing will be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No- M192, "Local Government Meetings and By-law Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3".


Due to COVID-19, a Public Health Order currently prohibits members of the public from attending the City's Public Hearings in-person. Members of the public can listen and watch the proceedings via the City's website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk. Speakers can participate by phone or by providing written submissions.

Send your comments online

Request to speak by phone

Or give feedback via mail to:

City of Vancouver, City Clerk's Office

453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor

Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4


Requests to speak open at 8:30 am on Friday, June 25, 2021. Your comments and name will be published in the meeting record. Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing at all times on the meeting agenda online, starting Friday, June 25, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Meeting minutes will also be available at this location approximately two business days after the hearing.


To learn what the City is doing to modernize the zoning by-law format and language, visit Regulation Redesign: Modernizing the Zoning and Development By-law page on Shape Your City (survey open until July 6, 2021).