Development Permits are needed to construct new development on a site which lies within a Development Permit Area. Development Permit Areas (DPAs) and associated guidelines are established within the Official Community Plan. Development Permits are required for new development for the following:

  • new multi-family, mixed-use, commercial or industrial buildings
  • new single detached dwellings associated with a RS1-S small lot subdivision
  • laneway homes (also known as detached accessory dwelling units)
  • development on land identified as being subject to hazardous conditions
  • development on land identified as being subject to an environmentally sensitive areas.

Depending on the scale of development and the type of DPA, a Development Permit may require Council approval, or in the case of a Minor Development Permit may be staff approved. Planning staff will be able to let you know which, if any Development Permits are required for your project.

Apply for a Development Permit

Depending on the scale/complexity of the project prior to submitting an application, you may need to take part in a pre-application review with the City. To apply for a development permit, you need to make an appointment to submit your application at the Planning and Development front counter located in City Hall at 100 Newport Dr. It is noted that the below requirements will vary depending on the nature of the development permit that is required. The application submission requirements may include a:

  • Completed development permit application
  • Application fee
  • Certificate of Title dated no more than 30 days prior to the application
  • Letter of Intent that outlines the current use, proposed use, and justification for the proposal
  • Site profile, if required by the Environmental Managements Act, Contaminated Sites Regulations, Schedule 2
  • Site Survey, prepared by a licensed BC Land Surveyor
  • Arborist's Preliminary Site Assessment
  • Detailed Site Plan
  • Elevation drawings showing all building sides, dimensions, grades, exterior finish details and signage
  • Colour perspective drawings illustrating the building form and streetscape
  • Landscape Plan, prepared by a Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect
  • Colour photographs of the current site
  • Materials Board/samples showing proposed exterior finish colours and materials
  • Sustainability Report Card
  • Stormwater Management Plan prepared by a Professional Engineer or appropriately qualified professional
  • Environmental Report by an appropriately qualified professional
  • Geotechnical Report prepared by a Professional Geotechnical Engineer

Application Review

Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed by internal city departments and external agencies as necessary. As part of this process we may request additional information or revisions to the proposal.

Once the plans are finalized, for development permits staff prepare a report to Council. Council then either approves the permit, requests additional information, or rejects the development permit. For minor development permits these are approved by the General Manager of Planning and Development.

In most cases it can take two to five months for a development permit to be processed, though the timing may vary depending on a number of factors, including: complexity, quality of submissions, application volume etc.