What is a Development Permit?

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A development permit provides permission for a specific type of development to take place on a site. The permit can be for any development such as the construction of a new house or the change of use of a commercial space from a retail use to a restaurant. The review process ensures that the proposed development meets the regulation of the local Land Use Bylaw (Zoning). For example, the development may have height limits, minimum parking requirements, proper setback from the property lines, maximum lot coverage or specific rules on the architecture of the proposal. Development Permits are not always required and the trigger may vary depending on the rules of the local Land Use Bylaw (Zoning). The approval may include conditions such as the payment for sidewalk improvements or upgrades to the water/sewer services. Once approved, the proposed development can proceed according to the permit conditions and drawing specifications. In most cases, a building permit is required prior to the development proceeding.

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