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Everything you need to know about development permit “A guide to development permit”

October 7, 2020 /

What is a Development Permit

A development permit approves the use of a site, as well as the size and location of any buildings or structures. A development permit provides permission for a specific type of development to take place. 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.

Development Permits confirm your plans meet the Zoning requirements

The review process ensures that the propose development meets the regulation of the local Land Use Bylaw (Zoning). For example, the development may have height limits, minimum parking requirements, minimum 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 need for a development permit may vary depending on the rules of the local Land Use Bylaw (Zoning).

Development permit vs Building Permit

While the Development Permit ensures that your plans and project meets the intention of the Land Use Bylaw (Zoning), the Building Permit process is to confirm that the plans and construction meet the Building Code. Once a development permit is approved a building permit is generally required prior to the start of construction.

Development Permit Process

Step 1: Prepare a Development Permit application package and ensure that the information included in the application provides all the details requested by the Land Use Bylaw (Zoning). Most City, Town or County will have a list of requirements on their website to assist in the preparation process. Also ensure that hte information meet the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw (Zoning).

Step 2: Submit the completed Development Permit Application along with the respective application fees to the City, town or County Office.

Step 3: Manage the review process with the project manager appointed to your project. Often an urban planner is appointed to the project to review the application and provide you feedback on the application. Assume that you will likely have to make amendments to the original application to respond to the comments provided.

Step 4: Once the permit is approved, the application will  be advertised in certain cases, where the application is discretionary or require a variance, to inform the public of the approval. The Developement Permit will not be released until the advertising is over and no appeal has been filled.

Step 5: In addition to the Development Permit, a Building Permit may be required. The permit will be valid in a accordance to the local Land Use Bylaw (Zoning), generally, 1 year to 3 years.

If you need additional information, visit your local municipality to enquire or give us a call at 855-475-2044.

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