business-in-vancouver-logoBusiness in Vancouver has run a pair of solid articles in recent weeks over the rampant problems with the licencing and permitting process at the City of Vancouver.

Former city councillor Peter Ladner laid out some of the challenges in a column calling for changes to the system. His column, which you can read here, lays out the kind of problems that hike construction costs and add frustrating delays.

Business in Vancouver itself followed up with an editorial, which we’ll link to when it’s online, calling for the City of Vancouver’s Permit and Licence Process Transformation Program to get government out of the way of economic growth.

All of this will be familiar to ICBA members – our Fall 2011 Construction Monitor looked at the rapid rise in municipal fees. You can revisit the report here.