Planning Application Forms & Guides

Considering Development?

If you are contemplating new development or re-development of an existing property, it is important to check the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw for your area. Depending on the nature of your proposal there may be different approval processes that apply. Please contact the planning department to determine if your project requires other approvals prior to submitting an application.


Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)

The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is an independent Crown agency dedicated to protecting the scarce supply of agricultural land that is important to the current and future needs of British Columbia. Properties within the ALR are subject to the rules and regulations of the Agricultural Land Commission Act. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are controlled. The ALR takes precedence over, but does not replace other legislation and bylaws that may apply to the land. If you wish to alter ALR boundaries or develop for non-farm use, you are required to apply to the ALC for approval.

Application Forms and Resources  
Agricultural Land Commission Website Link
Applicant Information Package  Link
ALC Quick Guide for Applicants Download
CSRD Guide to Applying to the ALC Download
​CSRD Agricultural Land Reserve Webpage Link

Board of Variance

The Board of Variance (BOV) functions independently of the CSRD Board and consists of three (3) members that review land use variance appeals for all CSRD Electoral Areas. A BOV is a method of seeking relief from criteria established in specified bylaws and is similar to a development variance permit, an application for BOV approval may seek relaxation for siting, dimensions or size of a building from the requirements of a zoning bylaw. Applications to the BOV must be based on hardship. You must be able to demonstrate that strict adherence to a regulation would cause hardship. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to Board of Variance (Currently being updated)  
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download

Development Permits

An Official Community Plan (OCP) may designate 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 Manager of Development Services or the CSRD Board of Directors. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to Development Permits Download
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download
Preliminary Project Impact Assessment Download
FireSmart Assessment Download
Site Profile Guide Download
Site Profile Form Download
Official Community Plans Webpage Link

Development Variance Permits

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a permit issued by the CSRD Board of Directors that varies regulations of a Zoning Bylaw or Subdivision Servicing Bylaw; however, it may not vary the permitted uses, densities, or floodplain regulations of a Zoning Bylaw. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to Development Variance Permits Download
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download
Site Profile Guide Download
Site Profile Form Download

Floodplain Exemption

The CSRD Board has, in its zoning and land use bylaws, designated certain land as flood plain and has established flood construction levels and flood plain setback requirements in relation to those areas. Adhering to flood plain setbacks and flood plain construction levels helps to reduce the threat of flood damage to a property. Landowners may make applications for an exemption from the CSRD flood plain requirements for a particular area.

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to a Floodplain Exemption (Currently being updated)  
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download
Floodplain Policy P-19 (Floodplain Setbacks and Exemptions) Download
Zoning & Land Use Bylaws Webpage Link

Foreshore/Water Development Permits

Persons who intend to construct a dock, swim platform, retaining wall (or other structure), or install a mooring buoy should discuss their plans with CSRD staff to determine whether a Development Permit is required. They should also contact Front Counter BC for all dock approvals. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to Dock & Buoy Development Permits Download
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download
Dock & Buoy Regulation Webpage Link

Official Community Plan Amendments

An Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment application is required when the current designation does not permit the proposed use of the property. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw Amendment Process Download
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download
Procedures Bylaw (Posting of Sign) Link
Official Community Plans Webpage Link

Rezoning

A rezoning application (also known as a bylaw amendment) is an application that is approved or rejected by the CSRD Board of Directors to amend or supplement a Zoning Bylaw; it may amend the permitted uses or densities of land prescribed by existing regulations. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to the Rezoning Process Download
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download
Procedures Bylaw (Posting of Sign) Link
Preliminary Project Impact Assessment Download
FireSmart Assessment Download
Site Profile Guide Download
Site Profile Form Download
Zoning & Land Use Bylaws Webpage Link

Subdivision

A subdivision involves the following; consolidating two or more properties into one lot; adjusting or realigning an existing property line; creating several lots from one or more existing properties and or creating several strata lots from one or more existing properties. If you are new to subdividing, we strongly suggest that you hire an agent to work with you on your proposal; you may choose a BC Land Surveyor, an engineer, or a development consultant. You can also contact your district Ministry of Transportation Office for more help. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to Subdivision Applications Download
Application Form Download
Subdivision Application Checklist Download
Site Profile Guide Download
Site Profile Form Download
Subdivision Webpage Link

Temporary Use Permits

A Temporary Use Permit (TUP) may be considered by the CSRD Board of Directors to allow specific land uses to occur for a short period of time. The permit can contain very detailed requirements such as indicating the buildings that can be used, the time frame of the permit, and other conditions.

Through the Local Government Act, Official Community Plans (OCPs) may designate areas where TUPs are considered. In the CSRD, TUPs are supported by the OCPs for Electoral Areas ‘B’, ‘D’ (Ranchero/Deep Creek), and ‘F’, and the Salmon Valley Land Use Bylaw for Electoral Area ‘D’. 

Application Forms and Resources  
CSRD Guide to Temporary Use Permits Download
Application Form Download
Application Checklist Download
Procedures Bylaw (Posting of Sign) Link
Preliminary Project Impact Assessment Download
FireSmart Assessment Download
Regulating Vacation Rentals in Electoral Area B - Temporay Use Permits Link
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