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.
How Can We Assist You?
To receive a letter of authorization, the business must provide as part of the application:
1. Name, contact information, physical location/street address of business
2. Proof of valid business license
3. Location of proposed patio
4. If patio is in parking lot, the number of stalls or area to be occupied. Please note that temporary patios cannot occupy handicapped parking spaces
5. Rough sketch showing placement of patio and access point(s)
6. Letter of consent and concurrence with items 3 through 5 above from the owner of the property and Condo Board where applicable.
For Main Street businesses operating in the Pedestrian and Cyclist Only Zone, you still require a development permit for a seasonal wood structure patio. Post and Cable patios operating during the Main Street Pedestrianization only require a Pedestrian Zone Permit (new 2021).
Development Permit Process
- Pre-Application meetings are required for all major developments and are optional for small developments. You can look to our Other Services page here for more information.
- Development Permit submitted (online)
- Applicant contacted to make permit fee payment
- Initial review of the application by Development Officer
- Notice of Permit Application Posted (10 days)
- 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.
- Final review by Development Officer
- Notice of Decision posted (21 day appeal period)
- 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.
- Permit issued
- Construction must commence on the development within one year of the date of approval
Forms and Requirements
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following documents and the applicable fee(s) are required for a complete application.
If you have further questions, please submit them to the Planning & Development Department using the following form.