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License and Business Tax Office - received petitions

Series consists primarily of petitions from a full range of retail outlets supporting the proposed 6 day week (formerly 5 day), all dated 1954. Also included are two files of miscellaneous petitions dated 1939-1956. Arranged alphabetically by type of retail business (e.g. artists' supplies, beauty parlours, etc.).

Vancouver (B.C.). License and Business Tax Office

Business license records

Series consists of street ledgers, listing businesses by address (1923-1928), business and professional tax registers (1923-1938), an interim receipt ledger (1933-1934), a general receipt ledger (1936), receipt ledgers for plates and badges (1937-1941), a fuel dealer's (wood) register (1931), and a weights and measures record for bread and coal (1930- 1936).

Vancouver (B.C.). License and Business Tax Office

Building specifications

Series consists of building specifications for the following buildings: the dining pavilion and pure food building at Hastings Park (1929, 1931), the administration building at the airport (1930), the city dog pound (1929), Granville Mansions on Granville Street at Robson (n.d.), and the new Vancouver Opera House on Pender Street at Burrard (1915).

Vancouver (B.C.). Building Department

Building Inspector's subject files

Series consists of the subject files of the City Building Inspector, as head of the Building Department (until 1968), then as head of the Building Inspection Office within the Permits and Licenses Department (from 1969), relating to administrative matters, to building inspection (to ensure adherence to zoning regulations including for the public housing projects), and to plumbing inspection (according to regulations of the Plumbing By-law). The City Building Inspector worked closely with the Director of Planning and the Corporation Counsel, in maintaining zoning and inspection regulations. This group of officials also worked as part of the decision making bodies: the Technical Planning Board (of which the Director of Planning was the chair); in consultation with the Town Planning Commission (as merited); reporting to the City Council committee responsible (names varied, e.g. Building and Town Planning Committee, responsibilities taken over by Board of Administration in 1966), and, if a case proceeded further, to City Council in public hearing. All of these officials and bodies and the processes of their time are documented here. Some of the special projects files contain copies of plans and the low rental public housing files contain CMHC applications. Also included are some applications from property owners for Zoning and Development By-law amendments (1962-1965). Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Vancouver (B.C.). Permits and Licenses Department

Business tax field sheets

Series consists of business tax field sheets which record the occupant's name, floor space occupied and the reported annual rent, as well as the class and rate of assessment and the computation of the assessed rental value. The business tax, which was calculated from the assessed rental value of the premises, was not levied in Vancouver until 1948 (By-law no. 3047). Arranged alphabetically by street names, east preceding west, with numerical avenues following all other streets.

Vancouver (B.C.). License and Business Tax Office

Planning Director's Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board files

Series consists of LMRPB files kept by Planning Department directors G. Sutton Brown, G.F. Fountain, and W.E. Graham (and their deputies) relating to their service as consultants to the Board. Records include correspondence, minutes, financial statements, and reports. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

Records of Alderman May Brown

Series includes correspondence, speeches, posters, badges, pamphlets, memorabilia, and other material relating to Brown's various involvements: aldermanic duties from late 1980 to late 1986, T.E.A.M. organizational and campaign activities, and the 1984 Liberal Leadership Convention. Also included is a small amount of material relating to her husband's Park Board activities. Arranged by subject.

Brown, May

Records of Alderman Marguerite Ford

Series includes briefs, reports, notices, minutes, correspondence and subject files, which document her career in civic office and highlight her special interest in the rights of the disabled, local area planning, health care and women's issues. Arranged into two subseries: correspondence and subject files. The former are arranged chronologically and the latter alphabetically by file title and chronologically within each file.

Ford, Marguerite

Strata title conversion files

Series consists of correspondence and plans relating to development permit applications. Arranged alphabetically by street address.

Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

Records of Alderman Brian Calder

Series consists of files covering various issues relating to town planning and social service programs. Arranged by subject and alphabetically by file title.

Calder, Brian K.

Records of Alderman Warnett Kennedy

Series consists of correspondence, articles, personal essays and newspaper clippings which reflect his interests in urban planning and in Vancouver's civic political scene. Also included are photographs, correspondence, notes and reviews related to Kennedy's books, Vancouver Tomorrow and Vancouver - Fight for it or Lose it. Arranged into three categories: personal files, subject files, and newspaper clipping; arranged alphabetically within each category.

Kennedy, Warnett

Records of Alderman Marianne Linnell

Series consists of correspondence, subject files and campaign materials. Subject files cover a variety of issues, most noticeably air pollution, housing, parking, and youth. Arranged into three categories: campaign material, correspondence and subject files. Subject files are arranged alphabetically by file title, and correspondence is arranged in a descending chronological order.

Linnell, Marianne

Overall Planning Division data project printouts

Series consists of computer printouts of primarily business license, development permit and building permit data, relating to the preparation of analyses of building characteristics and business, development, and land use activities. Printouts used as source material for articles in the Quarterly Review (PDS 29) and for the Vancouver Coreplan. Arranged alphabetically by printout title.

Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

Planning Department photographs

Series contains a large accrual of photographs produced by and for the Planning Dept. which require further appraisal, series analysis, and description. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

Records of Alderman Michael Harcourt

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, minutes and reports on social and planning programmes, covering the period 1973-1979 while Harcourt was serving as an Alderman on City Council. These papers document his involvement with community groups and other civic affairs. Arranged by subject.

Harcourt, Michael Franklin

Records of Alderman Frank Woodside

Series consists of correspondence, subject files, and other material. The subject files deal with the Hastings Townsite annexation, site investigations for the Vancouver Airport, and city improvements effected through the Bridges and Railway Committee and other Council committees. Arranged into four categories: subject files, correspondence, invitations, and ephemera.

Woodside, Frank Everett

Records of Alderman Vankatachala Pendakur

Series includes correspondence, reports, memos, briefs, notices of meetings and minutes of meetings relating to Pendakur's career as alderman. Many files highlight his special areas of interest including the waterfront, transportation, False Creek, Gastown, human rights and the P.N.E. Arranged into two categories: subject files and miscellaneous files. The former are arranged alphabetically, the latter, by record form.

Pendakur, Venkatachala Setty

Records of Alderman Edward Sweeney

Series consists of correspondence, reports, briefs and minutes related to Sweeney's activities on special committees of Council. Arranged into five categories: personal files, standing committee papers, special committee papers, Committee of the Whole papers, and subject files. Arranged alphabetically within each category.

Sweeney, Charles Edward

Records of Alderman Geoffrey Massey

Series includes correspondence, notes, reports, draft by-laws, minutes and briefs related to Massey's interests in urban design and city planning, as well as to his general responsibilities as an alderman. Series arranged into five categories: general correspondence, special committees, Committee of the Whole, Council appointments/liaison, and subject files. Arranged alphabetically within each category, except for the correspondence, which follows a chronological order.

Massey, Geoffery

Records of Alderman J. Alexander Paton

Series consists of several subject files dealing with issues such as amalgamation, transit and health, as well as city finances and planning. Also includes material from the period when Paton was Reeve of the Corporation of Point Grey. Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Paton, James Alexander

Records of Alderman Harry Rankin

Series consists of correspondence, briefs, and reports regarding two issues. The first is the 1972 proposal to demolish Christ Church Cathedral and re-develop the property. The second is the 1967 proposal by Eaton's and the Fairview Corporation, to develop blocks 42 and 52 in the downtown area. Arranged by subject, and chronologically within each subject.

Rankin, Harry

Personnel Services survey files

Series consists of a variety of records (e.g. completed survey questionnaires, tables of figure comparisons, etc.) relating to issues such as salary, benefits, and job classification comparisons between jurisdictions or sectors, and comparisons of other aspects such as working conditions, executive compensation, organizational structure, honoraria, indemnities, and allowances, all carried out and kept by the Compensation and Benefits unit. Survey authors include the City of Vancouver and a variety of outside consultants and organizations. Arranged in annual sets and therein alphabetically by survey author.

Vancouver (B.C.). Human Resource Services

Records of Alderman Sandra Wilking

Series consists of correspondence and subject files which document her involvement with various concerns, specifically multiculturalism, race relations, Chinatown area development, taxes and transit. Correspondence is arranged chronologically and subject files are arranged alphabetically.

Wilking, Sandra

J. S. Matthews' chronological files

Series consists of Archivist J. S. Matthews' incoming and outgoing correspondence, relating primarily to administrative matters, events at the Archives, and reference service. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Archives

City Archives housekeeping subject files

Series consists of a selection of subject files on administrative matters such as obtaining outside funding, reporting on activities, and maintaining the archives building.

Vancouver (B.C.). Archives

City Archives operational subject files

Series consists of a selection of subject files relating to the Archives' operational functions: public information services, records management services to City departments, public relations activities (including special projects such as publications and exhibits), loans to other institutions, and conservation of the holdings. Arranged alphabetically into broad subject areas.

Vancouver (B.C.). Archives

City owned buildings maintenance files

Series consists of minutes and correspondence relating to construction and maintenance of civic buildings. Arranged (more or less) alphabetically by subject.

Vancouver (B.C.). Permits and Licenses Department

City owned buildings case files

Series consists of case files for civic buildings or office locations including health units and firehalls, but excluding lodges and residences, all relating to policy development, building design, construction, equipment and maintenance, ground maintenance and improvement, and to agreements, tenders and service contracts. Arranged in date groupings, i.e. 1965-1980, 1981-1983, 1984-1986, and 1987-1989, and therein unarranged. Each microfilm reel, however, is in filing number order (as listed in hardcopy inventory).

Vancouver (B.C.). Real Estate Services

Fire record journals

Series consists of a listing of fires, giving alarm box, date, time, location of fire, building type, owner, cause, amount of loss, and insurance. Records are arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

Fire reports to the Chief of Fire Department

Series consists of reports of all fire alarms answered by Vancouver Fire Department firehalls. The reports record the date, time, and form of alarm, the location and probable cause of the fire, the personnel who responded, the equipment used, the duration of time worked, the distance travelled, and the damage sustained. The records are arranged chronologically by date of alarm.

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

Fire Chief's subject files

Series consists primarily of correspondence from the Office of the Fire Chief relating to the administrative activities of the office. The records are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

Inhalator alarms journal

Series consists of the record of inhalator alarms, which relate to the rescue and safety function of the Fire Department. Recorded, in the form of a case by case chronology, are the source of alarm, the ill or injured individuals' names, addresses, diagnoses, treatments, and names of police and fire personnel attending. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

Fire Department employee absentee journals

Series consists of registers giving details of absences of individual firemen. For entries between 1925 and 1950, the information is arranged chronologically. For entries between 1951 and 1961, the information is arranged alphabetically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

Subdivision files

Series consists of case files on land and lots considered for subdivision approval. Each case file is represented by one microfiche. Arranged in legal description order with the following area or project files at the beginning: B.C. Place, Canada Harbour Place, False Creek, Fraserview, Gambier Island, Old Granville Townsite, Quebec/Columbia Connector, Marathon, Musqueam, Reclassification, and West Point Grey. Following this sequence there are thousands of case files on individual lots. District lot numbers represented are: D.L. 36, D.L. 36 & 51, D.L. 37, D.L. 47, D.L. 50, D.L. 51, D.L. 52, D.L. 128, D.L. 139, D.L. 140, D.L. 176, D.L. 181, D.L. 182, D.L. 183, D.L. 184, D.L. 185, D.L. 192, D.L. 194, D.L. 195, D.L. 196, D.L. 200, D.L. 200A, D.L. 237, D.L. 258, D.L. 258 & 329, D.L. 264A, D.L. 301, D.L. 302, D.L. 306 & 306Y, D.L. 307 & 317, D.L. 311, D.L. 311 & 322, D.L. 313, D.L. 314, D.L. 315, D.L. 316, D.L. 317, D.L. 318, D.L. 319, D.L. 320, D.L. 321, D.L. 322, D.L. 323, D.L. 325, D.L. 325A, D.L. 326A, D.L. 326B, D.L. 327, D.L. 328, D.L. 329, D.L. 330, D.L. 331, D.L. 332, D.L. 334, D.L. 335, D.L. 336, D.L. 337, D.L. 338, D.L. 339, D.L. 352, D.L. 373, D.L. 391, D.L. 393, D.L. 394, D.L. 472, D.L. 526, D.L. 448, D.L. 540, D.L. 541, D.L. 628, D.L. 629, D.L. 630, D.L. 631, D.L. 631-632, D.L. 632, D.L. 633, D.L. 634, D.L. 636, D.L. 637, D.L. 638, D.L. 639, D.L. 639-640, D.L. 642, D.L. 643, D.L. 644, D.L. 645, D.L. 646, D.L. 648, D.L. 649, D.L. 650, D.L. 651, D.L. 652, D.L. 653, D.L. 654, D.L. 655, D.L. 656, D.L. 657, D.L. 658, D.L. 659, D.L. 660, D.L. 661, D.L. 662, D.L. 663, D.L. 664, D.L. 666, D.L. 667, D.L. 668-670, D.L. 700, D.L. 702, D.L. 703, D.L. 704, D.L. 705, D.L. 706, D.L. 707, D.L. 708, D.L. 709, D.L. 710, D.L. 711, D.L. 712, D.L. 713, D.L. 714, D.L. 715, D.L. 716, D.L. 717, D.L. 719, D.L. 720, D.L. 721, D.L. 722, D.L. 723, D.L. 724, D.L. 725, D.L. 726, D.L. 727, D.L. 728, D.L. 729, D.L. 730, D.L. 731, D.L. 733, D.L. 734, D.L. 735, D.L. 737, D.L. 738, D.L. 739, D.L. 740, D.L. 741, D.L. 743, D.L. 744, D.L. 745, D.L. 746, D.L. 747, D.L. 748, D.L. 749, D.L. 750, D.L. 751, D.L. 752, D.L. 753, D.L. 754, D.L. 755, D.L. 756, D.L. 1216, D.L. 2027, D.L. 2037, D.L. 2100, D.L. 2850, D.L. 3610, D.L. 3657, D.L. 5967, D.L. 7145, and THSL.
The subdivision files have been accumulated since the 1950s in the Department's role as coordinator and approval authority of the land subdivision approval process as governed by the Land Registry Act and the Subdivision Control By-law. Council approval was required when particular engineering considerations were factors. Represented are all those properties considered for subdivision (including large scale subdivisions and air space subdivision), which were adjacent to a property considered for subdivision, which were considered for other legal adjustments (e.g. title changes, right of way changes, consolidation of parcels, creation of new roads), or which concerned the City's leases outside Vancouver. The records document the subdivision approval process which proceeded as follows: property owners submitted applications to subdivide to Planning, Planning coordinated the City's consideration of the application in consultation with Engineering and other offices as necessary, the subdivision approval officer made a decision (and referred individual cases to the City Engineer when Council approval was required), then Planning informed the applicant of the City's decision. Records include subdivision applications, internal and external correspondence of the Planning and Engineering Departments, plans prepared by Engineering and external individuals/companies for development purposes, leases, meeting notes, and associated Council documentation.

Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

City Engineer's subject files

Series consists of records relating to a wide variety of subjects which concerned the Office of the City Engineer, inluding infrastructure (roads, bridges, sewer systems and harbour facilities); administrative and personnel matters; industry, especially energy and resource industries; and False Creek, especially the False Creek Development Survey of the early 1950s. Series also contains correspondence with City Departments and officials.

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Engineer

Fire Department stores Branch subject files

Series consists of purchase requisitions, delivery slips, equipment specifications, and tender copies and related correspondence received by Stores Branch of the Administrative Division for supplies and services. Arrangement alphabetically by subject.

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

Housing and Properties Department housekeeping and project files

Series contains a selection of files created by the managers of the Housing and Properties Department, and its predecessors, the Civic Buildings Department, the Properties Division and the Lands and Rentals Office. Most are housekeeping files, but also included are general Vancouver property development issues, and special projects which were related to the City's property holdings. Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Vancouver (B.C.). Real Estate Services

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