A development permit is a document issued by a planning authority for an applicant’s use of a site, as well as the size and location of any buildings or structures. The development permit approvals must be obtained for new construction, renovations, businesses, and changes of use to existing buildings. Additional information such as construction details, site plan analysis and design details will be required to make the proper evaluation of the proposed development.
The development permit differs from the building permit. Development permit allows a specific type of development on a specific parcel of land in the community to go ahead with the zoning and development bylaws of the country.While development permit may be stipulated for some of the following conditions: the allowed use of the property, the intensity of that use, building height, building site coverage, setbacks from property lines and other buildings and parking requirements.
A building permit allows construction of buildings or structure to proceed on condition of compliance with the Alberta Building Code which addresses building and fire safety. A building permit is required for the construction, alteration, repair, move, demolition, or change of use of a building. Farm accessory buildings and non-hazardous accessory buildings under 100 square feet (10m2) are exempt. Building permits can be obtained from an accredited municipality planning authority.
Proposed Development Application Permit Approval may be Rejected if:
– The development for which the development permit is being sought is not in accordance with an approved physical development plan
– The physical development plan for the area is in course of preparation
– In the opinion of the planning authority, the development for the approval permit is likely to have major negative impact on the environment, facilities, or inhabitant of the community or demands such other facilities which are not within the estimation of the physical development plan for that community
– The proposed development is contrary to designated use in the development plan like within a public recreation ground, open spaces, or other survived plots within a layout, government acquisition or revocation area
– The development is not in accordance with any other condition as may be specified under any regulation made by the planning authority law.
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