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A Development Permit is required for new construction and major acts of renovation, or structural changes to existing buildings. A permit may also be required for a change of use to land or buildings.
To apply for a Development Permit, submit the Development Permit Application Form. A processing fee must accompany the application form. Whether the development is a permitted use, or discretionary use, determines the processing fee. Along with the application form, a detailed site plan is also required. In most cases of new construction, a detailed floor plan should also accompany the application.
The discretionary use application process is different than that for the permitted use process, as the authority to issue the permit falls to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) and not the Development Officer.
The MD’s Land Use Bylaw consists of three uses - Permitted, Discretionary and Prohibited. The purpose of MPC is to hear all the discretionary Development Permit Applications and to render their decision based on the requirements set forth within the Land Use Bylaw.
The MPC meets the first Tuesday of every month. All applications for a discretionary use permit must be received twenty one (21) days prior to the meeting.
For more information, please contact the Development Officer.
Please see Section 15 - Development Not Requiring A Permit of Land Use By-Law 1140-08 to determine if your development requires a permit or not. If there is any uncertainty, please feel free to contact the Development Officer if you have any questions.