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Confused about zoning? See below for explanations of residential zoning in Vancouver with links to download detailed information from the City of Vancouver.

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Or see the Zoning Bylaws map.

RS - One-Family Dwelling

RS-1

The intent of this Schedule is generally to maintain the single-family residential character of the RS-1 District, but also to permit conditionally one-family dwellings with secondary suites and laneway houses. Emphasis is placed on encouraging neighbourly development by preserving outdoor space and views. Neighbourhood amenity is enhanced through the maintenance of healthy trees and planting which reflects the established streetscape. Download RS-1A PDF

RS-1A

The intent of this Schedule is to maintain the single-family residential character of the District, but also to conditionally permit in some instances one secondary suite or additional dwelling unit in a single-family residence.

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RS-1B

The intent of the Schedule is to maintain the single-family residential character of the District, but also to permit a second one-family dwelling on some sites. Download RS-1B PDF

RS-2

The intent of this Schedule is primarily to maintain the single-family residential character of the District, but also to conditionally permit in some instances the conversion of large homes to contain additional accommodation, and some two-family and multiple-family dwellings. Download RS-2 PDF

RS-3 & RS-3A

The intent of this Schedule is to preserve and maintain the single-family residential character of the RS-3 and RS-3A Districts in a manner compatible with the existing amenity and design of development, and to encourage new development that is similar in character to existing development in this District. Emphasis is placed on encouraging neighbourly development by preserving outdoor space and views and by ensuring that the bulk and size of new development is similar to existing development. Neighbourhood amenity is enhanced through the maintenance of healthy trees and planting which reflects the established streetscape. The RS-3 District permits a higher non-discretionary density than the RS-3A District.

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RS-4

The intent of this Schedule is primarily to maintain the single-family residential character of the District, to conditionally permit, in some instances, the conversion of large homes to contain additional accommodation and some two-family dwellings and to accommodate retention of an existing residential building where creation of a new lot is otherwise approvable.

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RS-5

The intent of this Schedule is generally to maintain the existing single-family residential character of the RS-5 District by encouraging new development that is compatible with the form and design of existing development, and by encouraging the retention and renovation of existing development but also to permit conditionally one-family dwellings with secondard suites and laneway houses. Emphasis is placed on design compatibility with the established streetscape. Neighbourhood amenity is intended to be enhanced through the maintenance and addition of healthy trees and plants.

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RS-6

The intent of this Schedule is to maintain the single-family residential character of the District, to encourage a good standard of building design, materials, and landscape development while allowing design diversity in new development and to encourage retention of existing housing stock. Neighbourhood amenity is enhanced through the maintenance of healthy trees and planting which reflects the established landscape.

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RS-7

The intent of this Schedule is to maintain the single-family residential character of the RS-7 District and, on typical smaller lots, to conditionally permit two-family dwellings and multiple conversion dwellings and, on larger lots, to conditionally permit multiple-family dwellings and infill. Neighbourhood amenity is enhanced through external design regulations.

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RT - Two-Family Dwelling

RT-1

The intent of this Schedule is primarily to permit side-by-side two family dwellings.

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RT-2

The intent of this Schedule is to permit two-family dwellings and to conditionally permit, in some instances, low density multiple-family housing.

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RT-3

The intent of this Schedule is to encourage the retention of neighbourhood and streetscape character, particularly through the retention, renovation and restoration of existing character buildings. Redevelopment is encouraged on sites with existing buildings of style and form which are inconsistent with the area’s pre-1920 architecture. Emphasis is placed on the external design of additions to existing buildings and new buildings to encourage the preservation of the historic architectural character of the area. Floor area incentives are included to achieve the creation of affordable housing and the rehabilitation of original buildings which are important to the neighbourhood’s character.

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RT-4, RT4A, RT-4N & RT-4AN

The intent of this Schedule is to encourage the retention of existing residential structures and to encourage and maintain a family emphasis. In the RT-4 and RT-4N Districts emphasis is placed on the external design of all new buildings and additions being compatible with the historical character of the area, and on being neighbourly in scale and placement. In the RT-4A and RT-4AN Districts this emphasis is limited to certain uses. The RT-4N and RT-4AN Districts differ from the RT-4 and RT-4A Districts, respectively, in that they require evidence of noise mitigation for residential development.

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RT-5, RT-5A, RT-5N & RT-5AN

The intent of this Schedule is to encourage the retention of existing residential structures. In the RT-5 and RT-5N Districts emphasis is placed on the external design of all new buildings and additions being compatible with the historical character of the area, and on being neighbourly in scale and placement. In the RT-5A and RT-5AN Districts this emphasis applies only to certain uses or to development seeking density relaxations. The RT-5N and RT-5AN Districts differ from the RT-5 and RT-5A Districts, respectively, in that they require evidence of noise mitigation for residential development.

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RT-6

The intent of this Schedule is to encourage the retention, renovation and restoration of existing residential buildings which maintain an architectural style and building form consistent with the area. Redevelopment will be encouraged on sites with smaller buildings or buildings of architectural style and form which are inconsistent with the area. Emphasis is placed on requiring the external design of buildings and additions to buildings to follow the proportions, rhythm and details of architectural features of the area.

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RT-7

The intent this Schedule is to encourage the retention and renovation of existing buildings which maintain an architectural style and building form consistent with the historical character of the area. Redevelopment will be encouraged on sites where existing buildings are smaller, or do not contribute to this character. For renovations and additions, emphasis is placed on maintaining existing external architectural character; for new development, on compatibility in external character. In all cases, neighbourly building scale and placement is emphasized. The regulations reflect the smaller size of buildings relative to surrounding districts.

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RT-8

The intent of this Schedule is to encourage the retention and renovation of existing buildings which maintain an architectural style and building form consistent with the historical character of the area. Redevelopment will be encouraged on sites where existing buildings are smaller, or do not contribute to this character. For renovations and additions, emphasis is placed on maintaining existing external architectural character; for new development, on compatibility in external character. In all cases, neighbourly building scale and placement is emphasized.

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RT-9

The intent this Schedule is to encourage new development with a diversity of character and neighbourly building scale and placement. The retention and renovation of existing buildings is also permitted on sites where buildings have historical or architectural merit.

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RT-10 & RT-10N

The intent of this Schedule is to encourage development of multiple small houses and duplexes on large lots and assembled sites, while continuing to permit lower intensity development on smaller sites. Siting and massing is intended to be compatible with, but not the same as, pre-existing single family development. Retention of older character buildings and high quality architectural design of all new development are encouraged.

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RM - Multiple Dwelling

RM-1 & RM-1N

The intent of this Schedule is to encourage development of courtyard rowhouses on larger sites while continuing to permit lower intensity development on smaller sites. Siting and massing is intended to be compatible with, but not the same as, pre-existing single family development. High quality architectural design of all new development is encouraged.

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RM-2

The intent of this Schedule is to permit low to medium density residential development, including low-rise apartment buildings, and to secure a higher quality of parking, open space and daylight access through floor area bonus incentives.

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RM-3

The intent of this Schedule is to permit medium density residential development, including high-rise apartment buildings, and to secure a higher quality of parking, open space and daylight access through floor area bonus incentives.

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RM-3A

The intent of this Schedule is to permit medium density residential development, including low-rise apartment buildings, and to secure a higher quality of parking, open space and daylight access through floor area bonus incentives.

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RM-4 & RM-4N

The intent of this Schedule is to permit medium density residential development, including a variety of multiple dwelling types, to encourage the retention of existing buildings and good design, and to achieve a number of community and social objectives through permitted increases in floor area. The RM-4N District differs from the RM-4 District in that it requires evidence of noise mitigation for residential development.

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RM-5, RM-5A, RM-5B & RM-5C

The intent of this Schedule is to permit a variety of residential developments and some compatible retail, office, service and institutional uses. Emphasis is placed on achieving development which is compatible with neighbouring development with respect to streetscape character, open spaces, view retention, sunlight access and privacy. The RM-5A, RM-5B and RM-5C Districts permit greater densities than RM-5.

The additional intent of the RM-5 District is to require developments suited to families with children. The additional intent of the RM-5C District is to permit a greater range of uses.

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RM-6

The intent of this Schedule is to permit high density residential development and some compatible retail, cultural, recreational, service and institutional uses. Emphasis is placed on achieving development which recognizes the formal character of Georgia Street and is compatible with the West End residential character along Alberni Street.

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FM-1

The intent of this Schedule is to enhance the small-scale residential character of the Fairview Slopes neighbourhood by encouraging retention of the existing houses and permitting new low-profile residential development which may include some compatible commercial, light industrial, and ancillary uses, designed to optimize the amenities inherent in the topography and location of this Central Area neighbourhood.

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