(See Appendix A.)
1) If construction of an existing building occurred before the effective date of this By-law then,despite anything to the contrary in this By-law except for Articles 10.1.1.3. to 10.1.1.8., reconstruction or alteration of the existing building is not a requirement of this By-law.
2) Except as provided in Sentences (3) and (4), a person who makes an alteration to an existing building shall
a)comply with this By-law,
b)not increase the non-conformity of the existing building or create a non-conformity with respect to this By-law, and
c)upgrade the existing building to an acceptable level in accordance with the objectives set out in Article 10.1.1.2. [See A-10 in Appendix A.]
a)construction or full upgrading of a building occurred after June 1, 1987,
b)a person corrects all unsafe conditions to an acceptable level, and
c)the work does not involve an addition or a change in major occupancy except for a change of occupancy to a small suite, then further upgrading is not a requirement of this By-law.
a)a person makes an alteration to a one-family dwelling or two-family dwelling without a sprinkler system,
b)the alteration is not a change of use,
c)the alteration will not result in more dwelling units, other than a secondary suite, and
d)the value of the alteration is less than 50% of the replacement value of the building, then installation of a sprinkler system is not a requirement of this By-law.
1) An alteration to an existing building shall trigger upgrading of the existing building in accordance with the following objectives:
a)all unsafe conditions shall require correction to an acceptable level,
b)all new materials and construction work shall comply with this By-law,
c)an alteration shall not create a non-conformity or substantially increase the level of non-conformity of the existing building with this By-law,
d)an acceptable level of upgrading shall meet requirements having the objectives of health,safety, accessibility, and protection of adjacent property,
e)any significant extension of the life of an existing building beyond its original design life shall require upgrading to an acceptable level,
f)an alteration to an individual suite within an existing building shall not trigger upgrades within any other suites except if the alteration creates or increases non-conformity with the By-law within such other suites, and
g)an alteration involving reconstruction of an existing building shall require improvement of energy efficiency to an acceptable level.
a)a person makes an alteration to part of an existing building, and constructs that part as a completely self-contained separate building with a 2h noncombustible fire separation,
b)the self-contained part does not increase or create a non-conformity to the existing building, and
c)the self-contained part does not exit through the remaining part of the existing building, then the person shall upgrade the self-contained part to comply with this By-law but upgrading of the remaining part of the existing building is not a requirement of this By-law.
1) A person who relocates all or any part of an existing building either within or into the city, including relocation relative to property lines created by subdivision or consolidation, shall upgrade the existing building to an acceptable level.
1) A person who demolishes all or any part of an existing building shall comply with this By-law, and this By-law shall apply to the work involved in the demolition and to the work required to any part of the existing building remaining after demolition.
1) In case of damage to an existing building, this By-law and the Vancouver Fire By-law shall apply to the work necessary to reconstruct damaged portions of the existing building and to correct any deficiencies in the remainder of the existing building to the extent required by Article 10.1.1.1.
1) If an unsafe condition exists in or about an existing building, this By-law and the Vancouver Fire By-law shall apply to the work necessary to correct the unsafe condition.
1) If an order issued under the Vancouver Fire By-law requires upgrading of an existing building, and the Chief Building Official is satisfied as to the provision of an acceptable level of safety, the Chief Building Official may allow deviations from this By-law.