Subdivision & Development Servicing
To make an application please email email@example.com with a detailed summary of your development proposal.
Subdivision and Development Engineering Staff will contact you to discuss your application and provide you with the required application forms. When you are ready to proceed and have all of the required application materials you can request a file upload link to submit your electronic application materials to the Subdivision and Development Engineering Department. Staff will contact you with the required application fees and information on how to make a payment.
An owner or developer of a property within the City of Courtenay is responsible for the installation of services and infrastructure as required by a Subdivision or Building Permit. Infrastructure servicing and development is governed by The Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw [PDF - 11 MB] .
The Approved Products List complements the Bylaw as it lists materials and products that are either approved, restricted or not allowed, for Works and Services performed with the City. This document is available upon request.
Subdivision and Development Servicing Permit Applications for Servicing
- Application for Services [PDF - 184 KB [PDF - 2 MB] (new services for properties within the City or Courtenay and for upgrading existing services). If you are submitting an application for services, you must fill in and submit all 5 pages of the application package.
What is Subdivision?
Subdivision is the act of altering legal property boundaries. Subdivision applications involve the division of a property into smaller lots, the realignment of existing property lines or the consolidation of two or more lots in to one single entity. The approval process allows the City of Courtenay to review all of the elements of the application and ensure that the new lots meet the requirements of land use and development in the City of Courtenay’s jurisdiction. Provincial statutes mandate subdivisions to be approved by the municipalities Approving Officer, as per the Land Title Act.
The approval of the Approving Officer is required for the following applications:
- Adjusting lot boundaries between two or more lots
- Creating new lots form one or more lots
- Creating lots in a bare land strata development
- Creating strata lots through a phased strata plan
- Subdivision of land for the purpose of leasing (for a term longer than 3 years)
- Air space parcel subdivisions
- Strata Conversions
- Subdivision Approval Process Step-by-Step
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Tips to Remember
- Pre-application Research
The Approving Officer considers the following elements in determining whether a subdivision will be approved:
- The Official Community Plan (OCP) [PDF - 1012 KB]
- The Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw [PDF - 4 MB]
- The Zoning Bylaw [PDF - 4.8 MB]
- Access and Mobility in relation to transportation
- Parks and Environmental Protection, including the provision of green space, protection and enhancement of natural amenities
- Site servicing and the extension of existing services (sewer, water, storm, etc)
- Geotechnical hazards and site conditions
Further Information & Application Forms
- Civic Address Application Form [PDF - 200 KB]
- Development Cost Charges
- Driveway Application Form [PDF - 84 KB]
- Fees and Charges Bylaws
Provincial Government Information Links
- Land Title Act
- Local Government Act
- Agricultural Land Commission Act
- Strata Property Act
- Bare Land Strata Regulations
- Site Disclosure Statement
Typically, a preliminary application is received by the Approving Officer for any subdivision of land in Courtenay.
Subdivision & Development Servicing Bylaw
The bylaw regulates the subdivision and development of land within the City of Courtenay, and outlines standards for works and services.