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It takes three times longer to obtain building permits in Vancouver than in Burnaby

The Fraser Institute’s latest study spotlights the difficulties homebuilders face at city halls across B.C.’s Lower Mainland. The study findings reinforce a recurring theme from almost three years of tracking this issue—there are huge differences between municipal governments and their friendliness towards homebuilding.According to the study, it takes three times longer, on average, to obtain building permits in Vancouver than in neighbouring Burnaby. It costs $15,000 more per unit to comply with local land-use regulations in Surrey than in Langley Township, even though both are geographically large municipalities with growing populations.These differences are important. The more time-consuming, costly and unpredictable

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