Making a Development Application
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the City has established an interim development review process to enable priority development applications to move forward for review and public engagement, while maintaining safe physical distancing measures.
The City continues to review and process applications internally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to allow for applications to proceed to the committee review and public consultation stage, an interim development review process has been developed that supports community engagement and meets physical distancing requirements in response to COVID-19. This process affects Public Hearings, development-related City committees, applicant-led consultation, and City-led consultation.
Under this interim process, applications will be able to proceed to committee review and public consultation if they address one of Council’s strategic priorities (e.g., affordable housing, non-profit child care, or reconciliation) and/or will generate relatively low public interest, and do not require an amendment to the Official Community Plan. Once the interim development review process has been tested and adjusted, a broader range of applications will be able to move forward for committee review and public consultation.
In many cases, prior to being able to apply for a building permit, a development application such as a rezoning, development permit or subdivision may be required. This section provides information on these applications, include general information, the development process involved, and the cost of each of application type. Development applications involving heritage buildings or structures are covered on the heritage and development page.
Before submitting an application, applicants need to contact the Planning Division and make an intake appointment. This ensures that the process is smooth and efficient.
An important part of any potential application is the consideration of the associated costs. These may include application fees, legislated charges such as development cost charges and school site acquisition charges, and amenity contributions or bonus density contributions associated with some kinds of developments. Click here to learn more about the financing growth program. The types of professionals required by the application and their associated cost are also necessary to consider.
Starting January 1, 2020, a Transportation Review Fee will be applied to some development applications.
If you are submitting an application on behalf of the property owner(s), you need a Letter of Authorization signed by the owner(s) who registered on title. If the property is owned by a company, you will also need documents that show that the person signing the Letter of Authorization on behalf of the company has the authority to do so.