Want to see adults cry?Try to get a building permit in Vancouver

Opinion: Why is it so hard to fix building permit delays? How often will the city get an opportunity to fix a problem that won’t cost them anything?

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Builders have a tough job. You have to deal with impatient clients, logistical delays, nasty deals, cranky inspectors, grumpy neighbors and many other headaches every day. It’s a tough business, but it’s also what makes it so interesting. I truly enjoy what I do and firmly believe that I am doing what I was born to do.

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But among all the headaches I have to deal with on a regular basis, there is one that really makes my life a living hell. . Nothing comes close to the pain and suffering and even borderline tears that even the simplest refurbishment application can elicit.

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Anyone who’s ever done a renovation project knows exactly what I’m talking about. Arcane rules, the callousness of city officials, constant ping-pong between various departments and, above all, delays. Communicating with the City of Vancouver is like sending a letter across the Atlantic in the 15th century. Hopefully they get it and maybe you get a response.

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So bad that months ago I felt compelled to stand before the city council and plead with them to act on the outstanding permits. , showed that housing projects typically take 8-10 months to process, sometimes longer. This is roughly the time it takes to actually build a house.

Ironically, City officials made a presentation to the City Council on the same day as the one-year anniversary of the permitting task force set up to advance the very issue I had begged the City Council to fix. I was. City staff painted a very rosy picture of the situation and described all the improvements they had made. I suggested that there is

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Anyone who has done renovation work through the City of Vancouver these days knows how ridiculous it is to suggest that a renovation application will be processed in two weeks.

The council, to their credit, recognized that serious problems still existed in practice with permit backlogs. submitted a motion asking staff to report to the City Council on policies regulating The motion passed unanimously.

It’s a good first step, but like most motions passed by the Vancouver City Council, it doesn’t directly affect policy and doesn’t even have a timeline. A city official informed me that I would not report to Congress until after the election.

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For anyone waiting to build or renovate their home, the permit processing time is no doubt painful. But what’s really maddening is the economic cost these delays impose on all stakeholders. During the 8-10 months it takes to process a permit, you will incur many other costs related to loan fees, client rental costs, unpaid insurance premiums and taxes, and late costs. All of this increases end-user costs and undermines affordability.

When it comes to apartments, condos, and public housing, these delays are even longer, putting an even greater strain on affordability.

Most absurd of all, permit fees, especially on new construction, are a net contributor to the city’s coffers. The faster the permits are processed, the more money the city makes, the more homes built, the faster restaurants can renovate spaces, and the faster businesses can improve facilities. I am happy everywhere.

So why is it so hard to fix building permit delays? How often does the city get a chance to fix a problem that costs them nothing? It’s like a hanging fruit. When will our mayor take the bull by the horns and implement the solution?

It may be time for the BC government to step in and fix the problem. It may be time to hold local governments accountable. Maybe it’s time to regulate the maximum waiting time for permits.

Abbi Barzerei is Vancouver Licensed Home Builder.

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Want to see adults cry?Try to get a building permit in Vancouver

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