Development Services & Engineering


The Department of Development Services & Engineering oversees planning, subdivision, sustainability initiatives, building inspection and business license services. This department is responsible for ensuring that land and buildings are developed in an orderly and safe manner, taking into consideration social, environmental, economic and cultural factors.

The Department of Development Services & Engineering administers the following:

  • processing building and plumbing permits
  • processing applications related to the development of land and buildings including development permits, development variance permits, and approvals granted through the Board of Variance
  • processing amendments to the Official Community Plan and Land Use Regulation Bylaw
  • issuing permits for signage and fa├žade changes
  • evaluating business license applications (to ensure proposals meet the Land Use Regulation Bylaw and Building Code)

Relevant development application forms are available on the Applications & Forms page.

Staff are available to assist with inquiries regarding building permits and development within the city between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Feel free to make an appointment to ensure the Staff member you want to see is available.

Hard copies of Building Permit Applications and Land Development Applications can be submitted Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Second Floor, City Hall. Electronic copies of Building Permit Applications and Land Development Applications can also be submitted by email, to When submitting applications, please ensure that you have provided the necessary attachments to ensure that the processing of applications is not delayed.

For information on developing outside of City limits, please contact the Department of Development Services at the Central Kootenay Regional District.

Getting Started

In order to help you quickly find the information you need, the Development Services & Engineering website is divided into five general categories:

  1. Community Planning
  2. Development Services
  3. Building & Plumbing Permits & Inspections
  4. Sustainability
  5. Business Licence


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