Development Permits

Development Permits regulate form and character, signage, siting, landscaping, screening, lighting and parking.

Development Permits are binding on the local government as well as on the holder of the permit. They may impose conditions including bonding, timing of construction and sequence of construction. They cannot vary the use or density allowed by the particular zoning of a property.

Designated areas within the City are subject to the issuance of Development Permits. The Official Community Plan establishes guidelines for the form and character of new development. These guidelines apply to the following:

  • Protection of the natural environmental, its ecosystems and biological diversity
  • Protection of development from hazardous conditions
  • Protection of farming
  • Revitalization of an area in which a commercial use is permitted
  • Establishment of objectives for the form and character of intensive residential development
  • Establishment of objectives for the form and character of commercial, industrial or multi residential development

Development Permit Areas in the City of Courtenay

The following areas may also require a Development Permit (please check with Planning Staff for details)

How to Make a Development Permit Application

A development permit is required for the following within the established Building Permit Areas as described above:

  • Subdivision
  • Construction of, addition to or alteration of a building or structure, land or parking area
  • alteration of land in an environmentally sensitive area or land that is subject to hazardous conditions

Read the Development Permit Application Form and Guidelines to understand the application process and requirements.

Development Permit Compliance Checklists

Compliance with the Development Permit Areas of the City of Courtenay Official Community Plan are a requirment of all development permit applications. The related checklists below must be completed and submitted as part of your Development Permit Application:

Prior to submitting any application, you are advised to discuss the proposal including specific application requirements for your project and required fees with Planning Division Staff.