Development Permits

The City uses Development Permits as a tool to direct and control, among other things, the form and character of the built environment, as it relates to architectural and landscape design.

Development Permit Areas (DPAs) are established within the Official Community Plan, Downtown Community Plan and Queensborough Community Plan. Properties in areas identified as a DPA must apply for a Development Permit prior to doing any work which would result in the development or alteration to the lands or exterior of buildings on the lands.  In cases where the scope of work is minor, there is a smaller application fee and faster review process.

Design guidelines and other policy documents may also be applicable to development permit applications.

Guide: Development Permits and Minor Development Permits