Development Permit Areas
The City uses Development Permit Areas, and related guidelines, as a tool to shape the form and character of new development, protect development from hazardous conditions, and encourage best practices for promoting water and energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The guidelines ensure that all new development helps to implement the land use policies in this Official Community Plan, Queensborough Community Plan and Downtown Community Plan.
Development Permit Areas (DPAs) are established within each of the Community Plans. Applicants must apply for a Development Permit for a property within a DPA prior to doing any work which would result in the development or alteration to the lands or exterior of buildings on the lands. Click here to learn more about applying for a Development Permit.
Click here to view a consolidated map of the City’s DPAs and to determine which DPA a property falls within.
Links to each of the Development Permit Areas are included in the sections below. A property’s land use designation and Development Permit Area can also be found by using CityViews, the City’s online interactive map.
In addition to the Development Permit Areas, the City has also created other design guidelines and policy documents that may be relevant to a project. Click here to learn more about these other documents.
To view the Development Permit Guidelines for the mainland (Schedule B of the Official Community Plan), click here to view the consolidated Development Permit Guidelines, or use the table of contents below to find a specific Development Permit Area.
Eight categories of Development Permit Areas are identified in the OCP. Each category is based on a prominent land use or mix of uses.
1.0 Residential Neighbourhoods (Introduction and Maps)
- 1.1 Laneway and Carriage Houses
- 1.2 Ground Oriented Housing
- 1.3 Infill Townhouses and Rowhouses
- 1.4 Multiple Unit Residential
- 1.5 High Rise Residential
- 1.6 Terry Hughes
2.0 Residential Corridors (Introduction and Map)
3.0 Commercial Corridors (Introduction and Map)
4.0 Mixed Use Nodes (Introduction and Map)
- 4.1 Uptown
- 4.2 Eighth Avenue & McBride Boulevard
- 4.3 Braid Street & Brunette Avenue
- 4.4 100 Braid Street
5.0 Mixed Use Neighbourhoods (Introduction and Map)
- 5.1 Victoria Hill
- 5.2 Sapperton Green
- 5.3 Brewery District
6.0 Employment Lands (Introduction and Map)
7.0 Natural Features (Introduction and Map)
8.0 Study Areas (Introduction and Map)
Section 16 of the Downtown Community Plan includes the guidelines for the Downtown Development Permit Area.
Click here to view the Downtown Development Permit Area guidelines.
Click here to view the Downtown Building and Public Realm Design Guidelines and Master Plan (2016).
Six categories of Development Permit Areas are identified in the OCP. Each category is based on a prominent land use or mix of uses.
Where a parcel falls within more than one Development Permit Area, one Development Permit may be issued if the guidelines for each Development Permit Area are addressed in the Development Permit.
Single detached dwellings constructed on lots equal to or greater than 371.6 square metres (4,000 square feet) are not required to comply with the guidelines below, with the exception of the guidelines in the Flood Hazard Development Permit Area.
A. Commercial and Mixed-Use (Introduction and Map)
B. Residential (Introduction and Map)
- Ewen Avenue Multi-Family
- Compact Lot
- East Queensborough
- Port Royal
- Queensborough Eastern Node
C. Industrial and Mixed Employment (Introduction and Map)
D. Natural Features (Introduction and Map)
E. Natural Hazard (Introduction and Map)