Town of Canmore

Development Permits

A development permit is needed for most new construction, or any time there is a change in the way land is used or the intensity of use.  Obtaining a development permit provides assurance that your development is following the Land Use Bylaw. Construction must commence on the development within one year of the date of approval.

Development Permit Process

  1. Pre-Application Meeting (Optional for small developments) 
    1. You can book a pre-application consultation by visiting the Pre-Application Consultation Request page and filling out the form. Pre-application meetings are required for all Intermediate – Large developments.
  2. Development Permit submitted (online)
  3. Applicant contacted to make permit fee payment
  4. Initial review of permit by Development Officer
  5. Notice of Permit Application Posted (10 days) 
    1. You will be required to post a notice of permit application in a visible spot to inform neighbours and any affected parties of your application. 
  6. Final review by Development Officer
  7. Notice of Decision posted (21 day appeal period)
    1. Once a decision has been made, you will be required to post a notice of decision in a visible spot to inform neighbours and any affected parties that the proposed development has been approved. If no appeals to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board clerk are received during this time, the DP can be issued.
  8. Permit issued
    1. Construction must commence on the development within one year of the date of approval

Forms and Requirements

pdf Development Permit Application Form (1.50 MB)

pdf Small Development Application Requirements (219 KB)

pdf Intermediate - Large Development Application Requirements (157 KB)

pdf Bed and Breakfast Application Requirements (140 KB)

pdf Additional Requirements List (105 KB)

pdf In Street Patio Requirements (353 KB)

pdf Temporary Seasonal Business Requirements (158 KB)

pdf Change of Use Requirements Checklist (126 KB)

Apply Now

To submit your development permit please email the Development Permit Application Form and supplemental information outlined in the applicable application requirements list to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Note: For application submissions that exceed 20MB, please call 403.678.1543 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Administration will provide you with a file share link to upload your application submission.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need a Development Permit?
Development permits are required for all developments within the Town of Canmore except where expressly exempted in the Land Use Bylaw.  Some examples of applications that would require a development permit include:
Work that requires a variance to the Land Use Bylaw
Changes of the use of a space to a discretionary use
If the intended use is discretionary in the Land Use Bylaw
Exterior renovations on commercial or multi-family buildings
When is a Development Permit not required? 
For an in depth list of development that does not require a Development Permit please see Section 1.9 - Development Permits Not Required in the Land Use Bylaw
What is the cost for a Development Permit?
The cost for a Development Permit can be determined by referencing the fee schedule
Who is the Development Authority for approving a Development Permit?
The Development Authority (decision maker) for a permit depends on the type and scale of the application. The three development authorities in Canmore are Development Officers, the Canmore Planning Commission, and Town Council. In most cases, the Development Officers are the Development Authority.  In some cases, development permit applications are presented to the Canmore Planning Commission for a decision at the discretion of the Development Officer.
What happens if my Development Permit is appealed during the 21 day advertising period?
If a development permit decisions is appealed within the 21 days of advertising the Notice of Decision, the application decision must then be reviewed by the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board within 30 days of the Town receiving the appeal.
How long does it take to process a Development Permit?
As per the requirements of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), the Development Authority is required to issue an acknowledgement on the completeness of a Development Permit application within 20 days of its receipt; unless an agreement has been entered into with the applicant to extend this period. Once your application has been deemed complete, the Town of Canmore will issue a decision on your Development Permit application within 40 days; unless an agreement has been entered into with the applicant to extend this period. 
Confirmation of Land Use Request
If you are opening a business you may need either a Confirmation of Land Use (Zoning) or a Change of Use.

If you need to change of use, please complete the Change of Use development permit. Confirmation of Land Use (Zoning) is a formal letter indicating the land use district in which a property resides as well as the current approved use for the site. Confirmation of Zoning is frequently required by financial institutions in order to finance a mortgage. To apply for a confirmation of land use, please complete the Confirmation of Land Use (Zoning) Request Form and submit it to the Town of Canmore.
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