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City of Vancouver Updates Building By-Laws

May 16, 2017  
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The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) worked collaboratively with the City of Vancouver to update and align their fittings and fixture flowrate bylaws with the 2015 National Plumbing Code.

As a result, CIPH and PMI consulted heavily on the COV staff report titled, “Prohibition of Non-recirculating Uses of Water and Enhanced Water Efficiency Requirements to Support Water Conservation.”

The efficiency requirements summarized below were widely supported through the consultation process: 


  • Water closet: 4.8 litres per flush (Lpf), with discretion of the Chief Building Official for up to 6.0 Lpf in retrofits 
  • Shower head: 7.6 litres per minute (L/min) 
  • Lavatory faucet: 1.9 L/min, except 5.7 L/min for private use areas 
  • Pre-rinse spray valve: 4.8 L/min 
  • Wash fountain: 6.8 L/min for each plumbing fixture

To read the report click here


On April 12th, City of Vancouver Council (COV) approved the recommended changes to the Vancouver Building By-Laws (VBBL).

The Vancouver Building By-Law amendments (pertaining to fixtures, etc.) will take effect on January 1, 2018.

For more, click here


For More Information, please contact:

Christopher Radziminski, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., R.P.Bio. 
City of Vancouver | Water Design Branch 
320 - 507 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 0B4 
t: 604.873.7453 |

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