Making a Development Application
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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.