How to Apply for a Permit
In person applications for Development Permits are accepted at the Service Counters at County Hall, however applicants are encouraged to submit applications by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following outlines the general process for Development Permit applications. Scheduling a pre-application meeting with the County is strongly encouraged. A flowchart (PDF) is also available to help identify the steps in the process.
- Pre-application consultation: Applicants are recommended to discuss their proposal with a planner or schedule a pre-application meeting. Meetings are by appointment only and are encouraged to be conducted virtually. Book online or by phone at 403.230.1401.
- Consult Land Use Bylaw: Applicants must consult the County’s Land Use Bylaw prior to making a Development Permit Application. If the proposed use of the land aligns with its current designation and discretionary uses, an application may be submitted.
- Changes to existing land use: If the proposed use of the land does not conform to the current land use designation or regulations, an application for Redesignation must be submitted and approved prior to the Development Permit application being made.
- Application submitted: The application is submitted with the necessary forms, fees, and supporting information which varies depending on the project. (See common projects list)
- Evaluation of application: The County reviews the application for missing information, evaluates the impact on adjacent properties, considers comments made from circulation to other agencies, and assesses the project’s compliance with the Land Use Bylaw.
- Decision: A decision, depending on the application, is made by either the Municipal Planning Commission or Administration, and is made by either approving or refusing the application. The applicant will be mailed a Notice of Decision.
A decision takes approximately five to nine weeks. However, if more time is needed due to an application’s complexity, that will be addressed with each applicant during the processing of the application.
- Approval and public appeal period: If a Development Permit is approved, it is advertised through the County’s weekly Public Notices list, as well as listed on the Approved Development Permits page for the 21-day period to allow for public appeals. The receipt of a public appeal would start an appeal process heard by the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
- Permit issuance: Provided that appeals (if any) are resolved, the approved Development Permit is released. If the development proposal entails erecting any building or structures, then Building Permits must be obtained prior to beginning construction.
- Completion: A Development Completion Inspection may be required to ensure all the requirements of the Development Permit have been met and the construction reflects the approved plans.
The application process takes approximately 5-9 weeks to process. It is advisable to plan accordingly and apply well in advance.
Forms & Documents
Visit the Forms & Documents page for the paperwork required for a development permit, as well as informational packages on common development projects.