Development Permits (DP) may be required prior to the issuance of building permits, the registration of subdivisions or alterations of land on properties that are designated as Development Permit Areas in an Official Community Plan. Development Permit Areas are established where there are natural hazardous conditions, to protect the environment or to regulate the form and character of commercial development. DP applications require a fee, supporting information such as a professional geotechnical report and referral to the local advisory planning commission before the Regional District Board makes a decision.
Please contact the Planning & Development Division for more information before submitting an application. Note: A Contaminated Sites Notice and Schedule needs to be completed if you know that the site has been used for industrial or commercial purposes.
For more information, view our Development Permit Brochure.
Geotechnical Development Permits
All Development Permits within a geotechnical hazard areamust include a report completed by a qualified geotechnical engineer. The assessment report on the proposed development is required that meets the SCRD's rick assessment and liability standards prior to the SCRD issuing a Development Permit:
- Minimum acceptable risk threshold for flooding is 1:200 years
- Minimum probability for other geotechnical occurrances must be less than 2% in 50 years (or 1:2475 years)
- The report must state that the proposed development is safe for the use intended.
Riparian Development Permits
All Development Permits within a Riparian Assessment Area must include a report completed by a qualified environmental professional, who follow the provincial Riparian Areas Regulation. The report must include support for the proposed development prior to the SCRD issuing a Development Permit.