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Currently 67,490 transcribed historic building permits now online
As of June 1, 2020; > View recent updates 


All Pre-1929 Districts
Point Grey (May 1912 – Dec 1928)
South Vancouver (Nov 1911 – Dec 1928)
Vancouver (Jan 1901 – Dec 1925)
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All Pre-1929 Districts
Point Grey (May 1912 – Dec 1928)
South Vancouver (Nov 1911 – Dec 1928)
Vancouver (Jan 1901 – Dec 1925)

Remember, this is a database with *historic* material which was all transcribed from hand-written ledgers, and is not a contemporary up-to-date listing of heritage buildings.

You'll probably still have to undergo a few searches to pull the info out (but not always!). 

As of June 2020: Over 67,000 transcribed permits are online.

 

Search fields explained & search tips

Field: Submit corrections to this entry

  • More info or corrections? Using this link within the results, let us know and we'll update!

 

Field: Municipality

  • These are the three historic pre-1929 separate municipalities (pre-1929 borders)
  • By default, the database will search all three
  • available permit dates vary within each municipality:

Currently, as of Feb. 2018, the database contains:

  • Vancouver: Jan 1901 to Dec 1925
  • South Vancouver: Oct 1911 to Dec 1928 (full ledger transcription complete)
  • Point Grey: May 1912 to Dec 1928 (full ledger transcription complete)

The start date for each area, is when their individual building permitting system begun.

Depending on volunteer resources, we'll be adding subsequent permits as soon as we're able to.

 

Field: Owner/Architect/Builder

  • Generally formatted as 'Lastname, Firstname' (or initials), as in 'Wright, H. E.'
  • Don't be too precise. Try using only the last name, or partial last name
  • Names can be open to interpretation, although we have attempted to correct architects' names

 

Field: Address

  • This is the *historic* address and not necessarily a modern address
  • Numbering can change over time, as well as street names (esp. in South Van)
  • Permits may not have included the street address
  • Permits may only have indicated a street name and not number
  • First field: street number; Second field: street name
  • Try using only the street name without 'street', 'avenue', etc. for more results
    For example, use 'Triumph' instead of 'Triumph Street' or '23' for '23rd Avenue E'

 

Field: Legal Description of the property

Fairly standard, and generally haven't changed over time (lot amalgamations may have changed).

DL (District Lot): Largest land-size portion
Block: Breakdown of the DL
Lot: Breakdown of the Block
Sub & Re-Sub: Not used very often; subdivision or re-sub of blocks

  • Historic interpretation of lots when a complex division was involved can be convoluted/complex
  • Try searching for a property by only using the DL and/or Block then scan the results
  • Some entries will not contain the legal description, as it was never originally entered for whatever reason
  • You can find a property's legal description from: historic fire insurance maps; the City's VanMap online application; VanMap also has a historic 1912 fire insurance map layer

 

Field: Remarks

  • Shows what was going to be done
  • May only have a category, rather than precise work. Ex. "Repairs", or "Dwelling/House" and could involve much more than this generic categorisation implies (we're working on adding details from alternative sources) 
  • Content within squared brackets [Example] is a contemporary addition
  • Abbreviations are for additional sourced data, such as:
    [DBR]: Daily Building Record
    [VBR]: Vancouver Building Record
    [BCR]: BC Building Record
    [JOC]: Journal of Commerce
    [PROV]: The Province
    [VDW]: Vancouver Daily World

 

Field: Comments

  • Drop-down field will show, if present
  • A contemporary field, with additional information about a permit

 

Field: Reference ID

  • A contemporary field, to track database entries
  • Every individual permit in the database has its own unique ID (that's over 67,000 so far!)
  • Example: VN-1000-1001-12
    VN: Vancouver
    1000-1001: JPEG photo number of the original register page that we used
    12: the line number of the given permit page register (so this would be the 12th one down on the page)

 

 

 

 

Donations towards further database enhancements

Please donate if you found this resource useful

If you have made use of the database, found it helpful and would like to see it maintained and developed further into the future, you can make a donation here.

Our aim is to have all building permits transcribed to the late 1940s.

The transcription database has been funded entirely through 15 years of volunteer labour and supporting grants.

In order to maintain the database, adding future functionality, and to further the transcriptions of additional years, we need to secure ongoing funding. Your donation will help maintain this invaluable research site for other researchers and for your future use.

Donations over $20.00 are eligible for tax receipts. 
Charitable donation #1073758-52.

 

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District:Point Grey
Permit:7306
Owner:Johnson, C.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Owner
Legal Address:DL: 2027 Block: 13 Sub: Resub: Lot: 37
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-02
Street Number:3377
Street Name:40th Avenue W
Value:$2,800.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-1
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7307
Owner:Brown, G. V.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Knowles, L.
Legal Address:DL: 2027 Block: 26 Sub: Resub: Lot: 48
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-02
Street Number:3191
Street Name:39th Avenue W
Value:$4,500.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-2
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7308
Owner:Crabb, C.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Owner
Legal Address:DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-02
Street Number:662
Street Name:22nd Avenue W
Value:$100.00
Remarks:Repairs;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-3
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7309
Owner:McArthur, D.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Falls, H. B.
Legal Address:DL: 315 Block: 2 Sub: Resub: Lot: 12
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-02
Street Number:2815
Street Name:Marine Drive SW
Value:$5,000.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-4
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7310
Owner:Gore, Mrs. H.
Architect:Day & Korner
Builder:Hodgson, F. W.
Legal Address:DL: 526 Block: 809 Sub: Resub: Lot: 10
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-02
Street Number:4775
Street Name:Connaught Drive
Value:$10,000.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-5
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7311
Owner:Sidenius, D. E.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Vroom, A. T.
Legal Address:DL: 2027 Block: 43 Sub: Resub: Lot: 14
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-02
Street Number:3530
Street Name:33rd Avenue W
Value:$4,000.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-6
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7312
Owner:Inkster, Wm.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Owner
Legal Address:DL: 526 Block: 1001 Sub: 3 Resub: Lot: 14
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-05
Street Number:1307
Street Name:Park Drive
Value:$2,500.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-7
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7313
Owner:Craig, R.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Owner
Legal Address:DL: 2027 Block: 14 Sub: Resub: Lot: 1
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-06
Street Number:3593
Street Name:39th Avenue W
Value:$3,200.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-8
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7314
Owner:Orr, R. R.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Orr, R. R.
Legal Address:DL: 540 Block: 171 Sub: 1 Resub: Lot: 15
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-06
Street Number:3869
Street Name:13th Avenue W
Value:$2,800.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-9
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District:Point Grey
Permit:7315
Owner:Archer, W. E.
Architect:Owner
Builder:Owner
Legal Address:DL: 139 Block: 35 Sub: 1 Resub: Lot: 12
Date (Y-M-D):1925-01-06
Street Number:3879
Street Name:20th Avenue W
Value:$2,500.00
Remarks:Dwelling/House;
Reference ID:PG-4150-4151-10
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