Development Permits

Please use this application when applying for a Development Permit.

- If you are applying for a DP#4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10, please submit to [email protected].
- If y0u are applying for a DP#1, 2, 3 & 8, please submit to [email protected]

Development Permits play a key role in bringing OCP policies to the ground level when current development proposals are evaluated. Where the OCP policies are strong in direction, strategy and process, development permits are focused on specific concerns and challenges of current development and practical solutions. Under Section 919.1 (1) of the BC Local Government Act, the OCP has established eight development permit areas (DPA) for the following purposes:

  • protection of the City’s drinking water sources – aquifers and watersheds (DPA 1);
  • protection of development from hazardous hillside conditions and environmentally sensitive areas (DPA 2 and DPA 3);
  • protection of the natural environment, especially riparian areas (DPA 3);
  • form and character guidelines for downtown development (DPA 4);
  • form and character guidelines for hillside residential (DPA 8), multi-family residential, mixed commercial-residential (DPA 5 and DPA 6), and industrial developments (DPA 7).
  • form and character guidelines for coach houses and garden suites (DPA 10).

General Policies

  1. Within a designated Development Permit Area (DPA), a Development Permit (DP) is required prior to the subdivision of land; the construction of, addition to, or alteration of a building or structure on the land; or the alteration of land, except where exemption provisions apply. The DP requirement is in addition to the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw, the Subdivision and Development Bylaw and all other applicable regulations in the development process.
  2. Where a parcel is governed by two or more Development Permit Area designations, respective Development Permits for the subject parcel are required.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Requirements:

On August 20, 2019 Council endorsed a resolution to incorporate the application of CPTED principles into Development Permit applications for all "form and character" Development Permit Areas (DPA 4, 5, 6, & 7) and to amend the 2040 Official Community Plan as necessary.  Submission of the following information is now required at time of Development Permit application:

  • a completed CPTED report which evaluates the development proposal in terms of the four principles of CPTED (Natural Surveillance, Natural Access Control, Territorial Reinforcement and Maintenance) for development projects with a value of construction between $150,000 - $999,999; or
  • a completed CPTED report to be submitted by a qualified consultant, with a minimum level 1 training in CPTED, for development projects with a value of construction of $1,000,000 or greater; and further, the report include audits of the site at both day and night and an evaluation of a 1/4 km radius of surrounding area
Development Permit applications with a value of $149,999 or less do not require a CPTED analysis.

If you would like more information, please contact the Planning Department at 604.793.2906 or email at [email protected].

Description Date File Size 
Development Permit Application 2020-04-28 217KB 
Development Permit Area 1 2018-05-30 104KB 
Development Permit Area 2 2018-05-30 123KB 
Development Permit Area 3 2018-05-30 55KB 
Development Permit Area 4 2018-05-30 120KB 
Development Permit Area 5 2018-05-30 120KB 
Development Permit Area 6 2018-05-30 119KB 
Development Permit Area 7 2022-04-20 172KB 
Development Permit Area 8 2018-05-30 114KB 
Development Permit Area 9 2018-05-30 177KB 
Development Permit Area 10 (Garden Suites) 2022-07-07 160KB