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Does anyone know the formula for calculating the maximum square footage allowed to build on a residential property in the city of Vancouver?
 

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Look at your zoning.

For example, a C2 zoned property in vancouver is allowed to build a 2.5 FSR. This means you take your property size X FSR and that is what you can build.

For a 5000 sf C2 property your could build

5000 x 2.5 = 12,500sf

If will say in your zoning type what the max FSR is.

Go on the city of vancouver website under zoning guidelines to look up your zoning.
 

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Also check your city's definition of "site coverage". It may include roof overhangs, whereas "building area" as used by the building code and realtors does not. Some municipalities use a Floor Space Index (FSI) that is based on a gross floor area definition that is different from what you would commonly expect. Vancouver's FSR sounds similar.
 
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