Development Applications

With the temporary restriction of public access to the Service and Resource Centre (SARC) due to COVID-19, services will continue to be available to the public via phone, email, and other online tools and resources.

Planning Inquiries

Current Planning staff are available to respond to inquiries by phone (250-755-4429) and email: planning@nanaimo.ca.

Digital Application Submissions

We accept development applications electronically. If submitted electronically, hard copy submission is not necessary. Please email us to arrange a direct drop in our file-sharing site. Please note that in most cases a pre-application meeting is required prior to application submission.  

Alternate Submission

Electronic submission is preferred. However, hard-copies of plans, applications and other documents can be accepted as follows: 

  • Drop off at SARC: Envelopes and small packages can be deposited in the drop-box located at the front doors. Contents of the drop-box will be emptied throughout the day.
  • Courier: You may courier your application to the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 0E4).

Application payments can be made by over the phone by Visa, or mailed cheque (455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6). 

Planning Requests

Please phone or email us with your requests for:

  • a pre-application meeting;
  • form & character inspections for Development Permits;
  • to arrange for payment.

Depending on the location of your property and the type of development proposed, you may need to apply for one or more of these development applications:

Last updated: May 25, 2020

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