Detailed development permit application

We require development permits in order to:

  • protect our natural environment, ecosystems, and biological diversity
  • protect against developing in hazardous areas
  • revitalize commercial areas
  • maintain the form and character of commercial, industrial, multi-family, and intensive residential development

When you need a permit

Various lands in the District are designated as development permit areas (DPAs). You can not subdivide or obtain a building permit for any land in a development permit area until you have completed a development permit application process and been issued a development permit.

Learn more about development permit areas

Before submitting a detailed development application, you need to submit a preliminary development application. Start by discussing your project with our Development Planners. They can tell you if you will require a development permit for your project, and help with your preliminary application.

How to apply for a detailed development permit

Before you submit your application

  • Make sure you have addressed all of the issues listed in your preliminary application summary letter
  • Speak with a Development Planner to discuss how your project is evolving, and make sure you are ready to make your detailed application

Once you're ready to submit your detailed application

You will need to follow these steps — in order — if you apply for a development permit for your project.

Step What happens What you need
1. Application You set up an appointment to submit your detailed development application in person to the planning department
2. Public input Members of the public are invited to a meeting so they can view your proposed project and give you feedback
3. Advisory design panel You attend a meeting of the Advisory Design Panel (ADP) to present your proposed project
4. Respond and revise Staff provide recommendations for changes to address any issues raised Be prepared to amend your drawings and provide additional information, as needed
5. Pay fees and address all conditions You address any conditions that were listed in your letter, and pay all outstanding fees.  
6. Final consideration Council considers issuing a development permit once all issues and conditions have been met.  

How long does it take?

The development permit process takes about four to six months to complete. This amount of time is required for staff analysis, community consultation, public feedback, revisions and amendments to your application drawings, and Council consideration.


Learn about zoning and land use requirements

Our zoning, development permit area, and other guidelines help guide growth and development in the District, ensuring it is done in a sensitive and coordinated manner.