Development Permits

A development permit will be required to construct a new building, alter an existing building, construct an accessory building or change the use of a building.

Anyone can make an application, whether or not they own the property concerned, provided they have a letter of authorization from the current property owner.

Resources & Information


A development permit is required for the following:
  • The construction of a new building; or an addition, repair, or replacement of an existing building
  • A change in use of land or a building
  • A change in the intensity of the use of land or a building
  • The construction of a temporary structure
  • The creation of an excavation or stockpile
  • The construction of a fence
  • The construction of a deck
  • The construction of an accessory building over 100 sq. ft. (9.29m2)

A development permit is not required to:
  • Construct an accessory building if it is less than 100 sq. ft. (0.29m2)
  • Develop a basement or interior partitioning if there is no change in the use, occupancy, or size of a building
  • Carry out works of maintenance or repair (ie. paint, carpet, etc.), provided no structural alterations or major renovations are undertaken

Other Permits

In addition to your development permit, additional permits for building, electrical, plumbing, gas, and heating may also be required. Even when the development permit is approved, it often carries conditions that must be fulfilled by the developer. The developer is responsible for the provision of adequate water and sanitary service, storm water management, mail service, roadways, lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, landscaping, fencing, and fire protection as outlined in their development permit.