Development Regulations

Potential New Legislation

Please note, there are potential changes (new legislation) coming out of the Homes for People Plan that the Province is intending to bring forward related to the specific initiative to allow for additional units on single family lots in the fall. See a statement from the Province for reference. You may wish to wait to see what that legislation entails in the fall before moving forward with development plans for your property other than what is permitted by current zoning regulations until then.

Development Regulations

The Zoning Bylaw regulates the use of all lands within the District of West Vancouver. Each zone specifies the permitted uses and provides limits to the height of buildings, setbacks, lot coverage and floor area ratio.

You can use WestMap below to determine the zoning for any property in West Vancouver.

Single Family Lots

If you are building a structure on your property, including retaining walls, stairs, pools and decks, you will need a permit. Includes information on secondary suites and coach houses.

Single Family Lots
 

Other Development

The planning department processes land use and development proposals received from residents and developers. Depending on the development proposal or project being contemplated, land development in West Vancouver will require a property owner or applicant to make a planning application for bylaw amendments and permits.

Other Development
 

Planning Applications

The planning department processes land use and development proposals received from residents and developers. Depending on the development proposal or project being contemplated, land development in West Vancouver will require a property owner or applicant to make a planning application for bylaw amendments and permits.

Development Applications
 

Addressing Expiring Land Use Contracts

In 2014, the Provincial Government amended the Local Government Act to terminate all Land Use Contracts (LUCs) that historically formed site-specific, contractual agreements between local governments and landowners. The District currently has 23 LUCs which are due to expire on June 30, 2024.

Addressing Expiring Land Use Contracts