Development, Building and Business Application Processing times

The application review process is a partnership between the City and applicant to reach a decision. The length of the review can depend on the complexity of the application, and any necessary revisions or additional information required by the applicant during the detailed review.

 

 

The timeline starts when a complete application is received. The timeline includes City and partnering agency time to review the application, obtain additional information from the applicant, and complete all detailed reviews.

 

 

Our target is to arrive at a decision regarding the permit or license application within a set number of calendar days, at least 80% of the time.

Development approvals


Development Approvals Target (days) Per cent of decisions within target 2022 (Jul - Sep)

Single, semi-detached & duplex dwellings in the Developed Area

90 days 73%
Other technical development applications 60 days 90%
Subdivisions (by instrument) 21 days 73%

Complex development permits (see notes A and B below)

120 days 79%

Land use amendments (see note A below)

180 days 80%

Subdivisions (by tentative plan) (see note A below)

60 days 82%

Notes

A. Customized timelines are available to ensure shared expectations and commitments are met.

B. Development permits requiring a multidisciplinary review, including planning and engineering specialists. Such applications may include:

  1. Commercial / Industrial / Mixed Use (Addition / New)
  2. Residential (Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses) (New)
  3. Renovations to above, as well as changes to site plan (i.e. landscaping, parking, access), and exterior renovations

Building safety


Building Safety Target (days) Per cent of decisions within target 2022 (Jul - Sep)

Single, semi-detached & duplex dwellings

   

New Communities - Partial permit (see note C below)

1 day >99%

Established Area - Partial permit (see note D below)

14 days 80%

Commercial / Multi-family

   
Improvements (low complexity) - Building Permit 28 days 64%
Improvements (high complexity) - Building Permit 49 days 76%
New/Additions (low complexity) - Building permit 49 days 72%
New/Additions (medium complexity) - Building permit 90 days 86%
New/Additions (high complexity) - Building permit 120 days 78%

Notes

C. Partial permit - Permission to commence construction (ex: below-grade foundations) on single, semi-detached & duplex dwellings in the Developing Area, as defined in the Land Use Bylaw.

D. Partial permit -  Permission to commence construction (ex: below-grade foundations) on single, semi-detached & duplex dwellings in the Developed Area, as defined in the Land Use Bylaw.  Development permit approval (see A.1.) is required prior to the building permit.

Business licensing


Business Licensing Target (days) Per cent of decisions within target 2022 (Jul - Sep)

Home-based - Post-permit approvals (see note E below)

14 days 83%

Home-based - Final approval / issuance (see note F below)

1 day 80%

Commercial-based - Post-permit approvals (see note E below)

28 days 68%

Commercial-based - Final approval / issuance (see note F below)

7 days 82%

Notes

E. Timeline for all post-permit approvals, including recommendations by partnering agencies.

F. Timeline for final approval and issuance of the business licence, following all recommendations by partnering agencies.