The development process is a dynamic process that guides how our city changes and grows as an attractive place to live and do business.

As our city grows, the landscape around us is changing. Land is being developed and new buildings are constructed to support residents, business and industry.

The development process is a dynamic process that begins with raw land and ends with a finished development.  

Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw is the rule book for all development that occurs within the city. It sets out the location and size of buildings that can be constructed on private property and the types of activities that can take place on those properties.

The City of Edmonton’s building and development process is also guided by our Municipal Development Plan, Area Redevelopment Plans and expert guidance from architects, urban planners, engineers and our citizens.

Development permits, building permits and inspections are the main tools used by the City of Edmonton to support safe and effective growth. Learn more about these in our Developing Edmonton video series.


Development Process Steps

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The development process involves four main parts:

  • Review: Expert staff must review all land development applications and building plans
  • Approve/Refuse: Development permits must comply with zoning regulations
  • Inspect: Projects must undergo specific inspections to ensure construction is conducted safely
  • Enforce: Ongoing enforcement is conducted to ensure the rules and regulations surrounding development are followed