Application Forms & Guides
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. If you are planning any of the following planning and development activities, please contact the Development Services Department to determine if your project requires an application or any other approvals prior to submitting your application:
- Changing a use on the property
- Constructing/renovating buildings and structures
- Landscaping (i.e. planting, removing or altering vegetation; constructing retaining structures; and, creating hard surfaces such as landscaping tiles or pavement)
- Installing structures on the foreshore (i.e. dock or private mooring buoy)
- Installing works for flood protection
Online Mapping and Property Information
Search for properties, zoning and OCP information, create property reports and maps, and apply for a house number using the Online Mapping and Property Information tool. View the CSRD map.
Forms & Guides
Please note that there is one Development Application Form (PDF) for the following application types:
- Board of Variance (BOV)
- Development Permit (DP)
- Development Variance Permit (DVP)
- Floodplain Exemption
- Official Community Plan Amendment (OCP) Amendment
- Temporary Use Permit (TUP)
- Rezoning (you can apply for more than one application on the same form)
Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), Retail Cannabis Sales, and Subdivision, all have different application forms that can be accessed through the tabs below.
The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is an independent Crown agency dedicated to protecting the scarce supply of agricultural land. Properties within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) are subject to the rules and regulations of the Agricultural Land Commission Act. The ALR takes precedence over, but does not replace other legislation and bylaws that may apply to the land.
If your property is within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), you may need to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to:
- Include land into the ALR
- Exclude land from the ALR
- Subdivide land within the ALR
- Non-Farm Use on ALR land
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 Agricultural Land Reserve (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.
As a result of Bill 15-2019, as of September 30, 2020, private landowners are no longer able to make an application to the ALC for exclusion - only the Provincial Government, local or First Nation governments or prescribed public bodies may make such applications.
The Board of Variance (BOV) functions independently of the CSRD Board of Directors and consists of three (3) members. A BOV is a method of seeking relief from criteria established in specified bylaws in all Electoral Areas and BOV applications must be based on hardship. You must be able to demonstrate that strict adherence to a regulation would cause undue hardship.
Board of Variance Links
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.
Development Permit Application Links
Persons who intend to construct a dock, swimming platform, or install a mooring buoy should discuss their plans with CSRD staff to determine whether a Development Permit (DP) is required. They should also contact Front Counter BC for all dock approvals.
Foreshore & Water DP Application Links
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. It may not vary the permitted uses, densities, or floodplain regulations of a Zoning Bylaw.
Development Variance Permit Application Links
A Delegated Development Variance Permit is a permit issued directly by the Manager of the Development Services Department that can vary a minor setback regulation in a Zoning Bylaw where, in the opinion of the Manager, there exists an undue hardship.
If you are applying for multiple variances in addition to a minor setback variance as well as height, floor area, etc. The application must be considered by the CSRD Board of Directors, and it cannot be considered by the Manager of the Development Services Department.
Delegated Development Variance Permit Links
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.
An Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment application is required when the current designation does not permit the proposed use of the property.
Official Community Plan Amendment Application Links
The process of issuing licenses for both cannabis production and retail sales is under the authority of the provincial and federal government. But local governments, like the CSRD, have been given the chance to provide recommendations to the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch on proposed retail sales license applications and feedback to Health Canada on production facility applications.
The CSRD's process for dealing with Cannabis-Related Businesses differs depending if you are looking for a retail license to sell cannabis products or a production license to grow cannabis.
Retail Cannabis Sales Links
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.
Rezoning Application Links
You must apply to both the CSRD and Ministry of Transportation (MOT) for 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 MOT Office for more help.
Subdivision Application Links
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 for Electoral Areas B, D, E and F.