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Development Permits

A Development Permit initiates an opportunity to review proposed developments to ensure that they comply with the policies and objectives of the Official Community Plan (OCP), including design, heritage and environmental guidelines. A Development Permit may be required when the Official Community Plan designates an area for one, or more, of the following purposes:

  1. Environmental - Protection of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity.
  2. Hazard - Protection from development in hazardous conditions.
  3. Form and Character - Establishment of objectives for the form and character of commercial, industrial or multifamily and intensive residential development.
  4. Heritage Conservation

Form and Character Development Permits are required for new construction and additions to Multi-Family, Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional development, except where exempted by the OCP. Development Permits may also be required for any subdivision or development where land is within an Environmental or Hazard Development Permit Area.

Please note that development permits for development near protected water courses may require a Riparian Area Assessment, in compliance with the Provincial Riparian Area Regulations.

Heritage Alteration Permits are required for exterior alterations to heritage buildings listed in the City's Downtown Heritage Conservation Area #1, which trigger a building permit.

For a map of active development permits, please go to CityMap and select the Development Permit layer. 

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