The County’s Land Use Bylaw (PDF) regulates the use, conservation, and development of land, habitat, buildings, and signs to meet the objectives of Rocky View County's statutory plans.
Answers to some common question regarding land use and properties are found below:
Can I bring fill onto my property or change the grades of my property?
Under Section 33 of the Land Use Bylaw you may bring fill onto your property. However, depending on the amount and impact on the land and neighbourhood, you may require a Development Permit and/or Road Use Agreements. Rocky View Building Services is available to help residents determine what they may need to ensure compliance with the Land Use Bylaw.
I want to put up a small building for my garden tractor, do I need permits?
Under Section 7.3 of the Land Use Bylaw, accessory buildings under 10 square metres (107.64 square feet) can be built without a Building Permit. In some districts, the total number and square footage of all accessory buildings may be restricted.
In addition, intermodal containers (sea containers) and canvas structures are considered accessory buildings. Rocky View Building Services is available to help residents determine what they may need to ensure compliance with the Land Use Bylaw.
I would like to operate my business out of my home, can I do this?
Section 21 of the Land Use Bylaw explains the two types of Home Based Businesses. One requires a Development Permit, and one does not.
A Type I Home Based Business does not require a permit, and some of the restrictions include:
- outside employees do not come to the residence to work;
- there are only two business related visits per day;
- the residential appearance of the property does not change; and
- no signage is permitted.
A Type II Home Based Business does require an application for a Development Permit as some of the permitted activities include:
- up to eight business related visits are allowed per day in an agricultural district and four business related visits per day in all other districts;
- may include outside storage—which shall be completely screened and shall not exceed one per cent of the parcel or 400 square metres (4305.56 square feet) whichever is less; and
- up to two non-residential employees are allowed to work at the residence at any time.
Rocky View Development Services is available to help residents determine what they may need to ensure compliance with the Land Use Bylaw.
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