The Planning team provides professional advice to Council on land use planning issues and is the coordinating department for the processing and approval of development applications. Staff are available during office hours to assist the public with the many questions and concerns associated with the continuing growth of our community.
- Development Permit
The Official Community Plan (OCP) designates Development Permit Areas for environmental protection, protection of development from hazardous conditions, and to guide the form and character of commercial, industrial or multi-family residential development. A Development Permit (DP) sets forth conditions under which residential, commercial, or industrial developments may take place. Once issued, it becomes binding on the existing and future owners of the property. Depending on the type of DP it must be issued by either the Director of Development Services or City Council.
- Development Variance Permit
A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a permit issued by City Council that varies regulations of the Zoning Bylaw or the Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw; however, it may not vary the permitted uses, densities, or floodplain regulations.
- Heritage Alteration Permit
Heritage Alteration Permitting is a system by which the City strives to protect and preserve heritage character and form in the Revelstoke Station Heritage Area, as established in the OCP.
- Official Community Plan Amendment
The Official Community Plan (OCP) is a long-term strategy for land use management, development, and servicing. The OCP is intended to serve as a statement of the objectives and policies of the City. The goals of the OCP are implemented through the Zoning Bylaw. An Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment application is required when a lands current designation does not permit the proposed use or density.
Zoning regulates the use and density of land by stipulating the siting, size and dimensions of buildings and structures as well as site specific uses. Zoning also establishes and promotes minimum standards for health and safety as well as conveniences. A rezoning application (also known as a bylaw amendment) is an application that is approved or rejected by Council to amend or supplement the Zoning Bylaw; it may amend the permitted uses or densities of land prescribed by existing regulations.
Subdivision is the legal mechanism used to create new, titled parcels of land and to adjust existing property lines. This includes a basic lot line adjustment, but not a consolidation of two or more lots. Lot consolidations (cancellation of interior lot lines) do not require a subdivision application to the City but are instead approved by the Registrar of the Land Title and Survey Authority.
The Land Title Act stipulates that for land within a municipality, the municipal Council must appoint an Approving Officer. The Approving Officer is responsible for administering and approving / rejecting applications to subdivide lands. Legislation regulating the subdivision process can be found in the Local Government Act, the Land Title Act, and the Strata Property Act.
The City's Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw sets further standards for subdivision access and works & services requirements.
Please see our subdivision guide and application form to get an understanding of typical application requirements. The complexity of subdivision applications can vary in which we ask for you to discuss your ideas with City staff prior to submitting an application. The Development Cost Charges (DCC) Bylaw outlines when DCCs are collected. Other fees and charges that may apply during the subdivision process can be found the in the City's Fees and Charges Bylaw.
- Temporary Use Permit
A Temporary Use Permit (TUP) is an approval from the City Council for a temporary land use that does not conform to the Zoning Bylaw.