Development Permits

Development Permit Notifications During Canada Post Service Disruption

During a potential Canada Post service disruption, development permit notifications for discretionary permits (those requiring notification of property owners within 60 metres of the site) will not be sent in the mail. The list of applications requiring notification will be posted here on Monday and Friday (if needed).

July 7 2016 Approved Discretionary Development Permits List

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A development permit approves the use of a site, as well as the size and location of any buildings or structures. Development permit approvals must be obtained for new construction, renovations, businesses, and changes of use to existing buildings.

A development permit is written approval from the City that your plans are in accordance to the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw regulations.

You are required to have a valid development permit before you can apply for a building permit to construct the building or structure, or to apply for a business licence.

Applications

Development permit applications are encouraged to be submitted in person, where staff will screen and ensure that your submission is complete. Electronic applications are not accepted at this time.

Applications can be made by an agent or consultant on behalf of a landowner.

For major and/or complex development proposals, an applicant may request a pre-application meeting (fees applicable) prior to formally submitting a development permit application.

The Commercial/Industrial Development Application form, as well as the required Drawings and Information Checklist, can be found at www.edmonton.ca/currentplanningforms.

Zones and Regulations

All development permit applications must meet the zoning regulations of the property, such as land use, lot dimensions, lot area, etc. The Zoning Bylaw outlines the uses and development regulations of a particular zone.

To verify the zoning of a property, visit our office or maps.edmonton.ca.

  • Proceed to ‘Zoning’ located on the right side of the photo
  • Review the disclaimer and accept it by pressing ‘Ok
  • Proceed to ‘Locate Title by Address’ and enter the property’s address

Go to ‘Search’ to view its zoning and any overlay information.

Development Permit Approval Process

The development permit process chart outlines the various steps involved in obtaining a development permit.

  • An applicant submits a development permit application.
  • A Development Officer reviews the application to ensure it is complete.
  • A Development Officer reviews the proposed development to ensure compliance with the Zoning Bylaw and other relevant legislation.

Note: The application may also be reviewed by other City departments. As part of this review process, you may be contacted to resolve any concerns and revise your proposal prior to the development officer approving and issuing the development permit.

  • The Development Officer reviews input and identifies any issues.
  • The Development Officer renders a decision.

The Development Officer:

  • Shall approve applications, with or without conditions, for permitted uses that conform in all respects to the Zoning Bylaw.
  • May approve, with or without conditions, applications for discretionary uses, or variances to the Zoning Bylaw;
  • May refuse the application if it does not conform to the Zoning Bylaw. 

Development Permit Review

Once a development permit application, along with applicable fees, is submitted, the time for reviewing and rendering a decision will depend upon the complexity of the application and work volumes.

Major development applications can take up to several weeks before a decision is made. They are typically circulated to other civic departments for review and comment.

An applicant may be required to submit, as part of the application, one or more special studies, to support a major or complex development. Special studies include but are not limited to:

  • Assessment of Risk prepared by an environmental professional
  • Traffic Impact Assessments (TIA)
  • Parking Impact Assessment (PIA)
  • Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

A development permit may also be subject to conditions, such as a requirement to pay for off-site levies such, as a sewer or roadway assessment, used to finance larger shared infrastructure that will benefit the property.

For more information, read Financing New Sanitary Trunk ConstructionServicing Agreement Fee Assessments, and Arterial Roadway Assessments.

Development Appeals

  • An applicant has the right to appeal any decision of the Development Officer, including a refusal, or approval with conditions. The public can also appeal any decision by a Development Officer, typically where a decision involves the use of discretion or variance of a regulation.
  • Appeals are formally made to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB).
  • If you are the applicant, you must file your appeal with the board within 14 days after the date on which you are notified of the order or the decision or the issue of the development permit.
    There is a fee for filing an appeal.
  • If you are a person affected by an order, decision or development permit, you must file your appeal with the board within 14 days after the date on which the notice of the issuance of the permit was given.
  • The decision of the SDAB can be appealed to the Court of Appeal, but only on a point of law or jurisdiction.

New Provincial requirements for development permits

Effective November 1, 2012, the Alberta Government's Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) passed Directive 079.

This directive stipulates that an application for a development permit for a new building that will be larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft), or an addition to or an alteration of an existing building that will result in the building being larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft) must:

  • Use the GeoDiscover Map to fulfil the Energy Resources Conservation Board’s (ERCB’s) requirements stipulated in Directive 079 to identify the location or confirm the absence of any abandoned wells. The wells must be located within the parcel on which the building is to be constructed, or in the case of an addition, presently exists.

Note: Read Directive 079 before using the Map Viewer.
The User Guide for the GeoDiscover Map should also be consulted.

Applicants can sign and include the Abandoned Wells Confirmation Form with their development application, if they have determined no abandoned wells are located on the property they are trying to develop.

The Abandoned Wells Confirmation Form must be submitted with a printout of the map(s) that was used to confirm the absence/presence of abandoned well(s) with the permit application form.

For questions on the Map Viewers or requirements, call the ERCB’s Customer Contact Centre at 1-855-297-8311, then select option 0 (zero).

For More Information

Permits and Licensing Service Centre

Sustainable Development
5th floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-6054