Getting started: Submit a preliminary application

The first step in developing a property is to complete a preliminary application. This is a simple form with minimal submission requirements.

The preliminary application allows you to:

  • find out if your project is feasible before you invest money on professional plans
  • get early input from the public

The preliminary application allows us to:

  • identify if there are any key issues you'll need to address
  • make sure that your project fits in with the vision of development for the future

Requirements for your preliminary application

Before you start preparing a preliminary application, contact the Development Planning department to discuss your project. They can help you understand the application process, and answer any questions you have.

What happens next?

After you submit your preliminary planning documents:

  • Your application is reviewed by all relevant District departments, who will comment on policy issues and identify design criteria
  • Your application is circulated for public input
  • You get early public input, in accordance with our policy. If your proposal requires rezoning, we will encourage you to present your preliminary concept to the local Community Association for early public feedback
  • Your proposal may be reviewed by our Advisory Design Panel at this stage

We will then consolidate all of the comments and feedback into a summary letter. This letter will outline all District requirements and community issues.

You will also be informed of the type of detailed applications we require, which can include:

You can then decide if you want to proceed with a detailed application.

How long does it take?

It takes about six to eight weeks to complete the preliminary application process.


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.