About the development permit process

When it comes to development at UBC, we aim to achieve balance between ecology, economics and community. Any planning, design and construction work is evaluated against UBC’s mission to be an academic leader.

There are two types of development at UBC, institutional and non-institutional. Institutional development relates to UBC’s core academic mission, such as the construction of teaching and research facilities. Non-institutional development includes family housing and commercial developments within the campus neighbourhoods.

When we receive a development permit application for an institutional or non-institutional project, we assess the proposed project’s adherence to the relevant land use policy and planning documents. On campus academic lands, the Land Use Plan (formerly known as the Official Community Plan) and the Vancouver Campus Plan are applied. For university neighbourhood areas, relevant documents are the Land Use Plan (to check for compatibility), the associated Neighbourhood Plans, and the Development Handbook. For changes to the design of the public space, the Land Use Plan, Vancouver Campus Plan and Public Realm Plan serve as guiding documents.

After this initial review, an Open House, attended by C+CP staff and the applicant team, is held for the project with the application submitted. The public is invited to this Open House to review and provide feedback on the architectural, landscape, and context plans. Feedback received is given back to the applicants and project reviewers, giving them the chance to adjust plans in response to new concerns or ideas.

Additionally, all major applications are also reviewed by two university advisory bodies: the Advisory Urban Design Panel and the Development Review Committee.