The City of Vancouver regulates how property is used and developed through something called “zoning.” The city is divided up into many different zoning districts and each has its own set of bylaws and schedules that determine the purpose of that particular district, building regulations, and other aspects of development. Learn more about the city’s zoning districts here.

Want to know what zone your property or one you’re interested in is part of? Check out the city’s official directory.

So you know what a zone is and which one you’re a part of. Next step: rezoning. There are three types of rezoning:

1. Create a custom, site-specific zone
2. Change the zoning of an area from one standard zoning district to another
3. Change the rules about what is permitted within a specific zone


Once you’ve chosen how you want to rezone, it’s time to inquire and apply:

1. Contact the Rezoning Centre
2. Submit a written enquiry
3. Attend a pre-application meeting
4. Submit your application for rezoning

Find out how the city processes rezoning applications here.

Zoning can seem like a formidable process, but its benefit is to encourage sustainable land use and building in accordance with community goals for a common future. By regulating the development of property, zoning helps to maintain Vancouver’s aesthetic and high standard-of-living; reasons we all want to live here to start with.

Want to know more about how the City of Vancouver operates in regards to Urban Planning, Zoning and Development? Visit their inclusive website at

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We’ve rounded up our top five picks for places to sip, savour, and enjoy the remainder of summer on sun-drenched patios for every budget.

1. Reflections Outdoor Restaurant and Lounge (pictured) offers a tranquil oasis of wood, firelight, and shimmering water amongst the concrete surroundings of Vancouver’s rooftops. Nestled on the 4th floor of the Hotel Georgia, Reflections is downtown’s hidden gem for sipping the afternoon away with artisanal cocktails. Spanish-style share plates based on locally-sourced West Coast ingredients and a well-appointed wine list round out the bar menu.

2. Downtown’s other darling, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House boasts a comfortable rooftop patio overlooking the entertainment of Robson Street. An iconic Vancouver establishment for over 25 years, Joe Fortes offers up classic American cuisine with the freshest and finest in seafood from around the Pacific Northwest. The patio itself is an ode to its West Coast heritage: laid-back luxe with plenty of buzz.

3. Find yourself in the picturesque garden setting of Vancouver Art Gallery’s Café for delicious, fresh eats that are both local and organic. The cafeteria-style Gallery Café offers live classical music and whimsical design for an all-together luscious afternoon among the flora.

4. The cheerful red umbrellas that mark Tap and Barrel’s chill patio in Olympic Village shield patrons from the sun, while allowing for fantastic views of some of Vancouver’s best landmarks: False Creek, Science World, BC Place and Rogers Arena. The Tap and Barrel features a continuously rotating tap to serve up an ever-changing menu of seasonal brews from BC’s best breweries. Savour long into the night alongside one of their cozy outdoor fireplaces.

5. There’s several around the lower mainland, but our favourite Boathouse Restaurant is in Kitsilano. With the best patio of the bunch, it’s perfectly situated overlooking Vancouver’s busiest beach scene and the ocean beyond. The heated, covered patio is open both summer and winter so you can indulge in great views and scrumptious pub food all year long.

Know of any other mouth-watering gems Vancouver has to offer? Tell us! We’d love to hear from you—and to plan our next patio culinary adventure…

The gloriously lazy days of summer are slowly drawing to an end, which means if you’re still thinking of putting your house up for sale in 2015, now’s the time to prepare. From choosing the right time to put up that For Sale sign to staging, hiring an agent, and all the other important details involved in ensuring a successful sale; it’s best to organize your “To Do” list as early as possible. Things happen, not always good; so if there’s plenty of time to meet them head-on you’ll come out on top.

To get you started, we’ve got the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s Summer Stats. Knowing where the market stands and how your home compares is the first step in preparing to sell. Next step? Call us to make an appointment so we can help you on your journey.

July saw more than a third of Metro Vancouver sales above the 10-year average, even though the number of properties up for sale continues to trend below average.

It’s still a seller’s market out there: new listings in July totaled 5,112. That’s a 3.8% increase from July 2014. However, the total number of properties for sale is 11,505: a 26.3% decline from July 2014 and a 5.5% decline from June 2015.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $700,500. That’s an 11.2% increase from the previous year.

Sales-to-Active-Listings ratio: 34.6%

Detached property sales totaled 1,559; a 17.9% increase from July 2014
Benchmark price for a detached property is $1,141,800

Apartment property sales totaled 1,729; a 42.7% increase from July 2014
Benchmark price for an apartment property is $400,900

Attached property sales totaled 690; a 30.9% increase from July 2014
Benchmark price for an attached unit is $511,500


REBGV president Darcy McLeod suggests these numbers are due to “strong consumer confidence, low interest rates, and a reduced supply of homes for sale.” McLeod also makes the point that “the diversity of housing options is part of what’s driving today’s demand.”

For a more complete picture, visit Then let us know your thoughts on the market! Think these numbers can continue to reach sky-high in our beautiful city?

Contact us for a consultation today.

*REBGV Editor’s Note:  Areas covered by Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.
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