All development within the County requires a valid development permit unless the development is exempted in the LUB (and the MGA in some cases). The issuance of development permits is the responsibility of the Development Authority, which can be either Council or the County’s Development Officer. Before construction starts a builder must apply for a development permit. The permit ensures that the proposed building or structure or land use meets the regulations of the LUB for the site. Permits also ensure municipal bylaw compliance and protect property owners from future legal and/or transactional issues.
The Development Authority must make a decision on a development permit within 40 days of deeming the application complete, unless the applicant and Development Authority agree to extend the time, and notify affected persons of the decision. Builders are also required to acquire applicable provincial plumbing permits, gas inspection permits, building permits, and electrical permits, and meet the requirements of the Safety Codes Act.
Development Permits will not be issued without proof of New Home Warranty for new construction of residential development including modular and manufactured homes.
A Development Permit Process Chart can be viewed here.
View the County’s Development Information Package and Development Permit Application Form:
Development Permits that have been issued can be found here.
Planning and Development, Subdivision, Rezoning General Inquiries:
Tel: 1.780.438.9000 ext. 3286