A new version of the Vancouver Building By-Law (VBBL), commonly known as the building code, came into effect on January 1st, 2015. Any applications for new building work, including alterations to existing buildings, will need to comply with the new By-Law.
VHF has created an introductory guide to the 2014 Vancouver Building By-Law as it relates to heritage and character one and two family homes. The guide offers information on how the By-Law may affect individual homes, what may or may not need to be done, types of projects that may be affected and resources for further information. Every project and home is different and VHF strongly recommends contacting City staff and qualified professionals.
There is also an important bulletin released by The City of Vancouver in 2014 regarding exclusions for heritage buildings and buildings with heritage character (that may not be on the Heritage Register) when working with the VBBL 2014.