Red Deer County News

Posted on: May 15, 2017

Building This Summer?

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Our Planning & Development department is here to help you get started on your summer development projects!

WHAT DO I NEED?
DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FORM APPLICATION
Before Planning and Development can accept payment and begin processing your application, a complete development permit form application must be provided. To be deemed complete the following will be required:
- COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM
- SIGNATURES OF ALL REGISTERED LAND OWNERS
- APPLICATION FEE (payable by cash, debit or cheque)
- SITE PLAN (must show the proposed development’s setbacks from your property lines)
- BUILDING PLANS (3 copies for residential, 6 for commercial - show elevations/dimensions)
- PRELIMINARY PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM APPLICATION (additions/dwellings)
- ABANDONED OIL/GAS WELL INFORMATION (found at www.aer.ca)
- APPOINTMENT OF AGENT (if applicable)
- STATUTORY DECLARATION FORM (if applicable)
- SITE ACCESS APPLICATION (if applicable)
- RURAL ADDRESS APPLICATION (if applicable - new dwellings, secondary dwellings)

ADDITIONAL PERMITS & INFORMATION
Red Deer County now issues Safety Codes permits. Additional information could be required by our building inspector. Applicants are able to apply for a building permit upon approval of the development permit. Safety Codes permits can be taken out by a licensed contractor or by the homeowner. For more information regarding Safety Codes permits, call 403.350.2170.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
PERMITTED USE APPLICATIONS
Typically, a permitted use application decision will take 1-2 weeks upon a completed development permit application being received. If a variance is required on the application, it will have a similar timeline to a discretionary use application.

DISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATIONS
Discretionary use application decisions will take 4-6 weeks. Discretionary permits require referrals to adjacent landowners, which allows adjacent landowners two weeks to comment on the proposed development. Once this referral period has ended, the application will be brought forward to the Municipal Planning Commission for a decision. A notice of decision will then be given to the applicant, with a 14-day appeal period being held before the decision has been finalized. This will result in a development permit being issued, or the application being denied.

The Development Authority legally has up to 40 days to render a decision. Please note that processing times vary from application to application.

SAFETY CODES PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Building permit applications require a plans review from our building inspector. A maximum of 15 days is allowable for a building permit issuance, however, typical wait times are less than that. Private sewage permits have a similar timeline, while electrical, plumbing and gas permits are typically issued the same day by a licensed permit issuer.

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