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What is a development permit?
Development permits are required to regulate the use of land and buildings in accordance with the Town of Innisfail Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Government Act.
A development permit is required to:
- construct a new building
- alter an existing building
- change the use of a building or portion of a building or a property
- demolish an existing building
- a sign
- home occupation
Development permit applications are assessed by the Development Officer to determine if it aligns with the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw and assist applicants in understanding what requirements apply to each application. The development officer will also assess the proposed development’s impact on surrounding properties and determine what is required when there is a new building or altered building, a change of use, or a home occupation.
The cost of a development permit will depend on the type of development and whether it is considered a permitted or discretionary use.
Depending on the Land Use District and the type of application, an application may be considered to be a permitted use and the permit may be issued by the Development Officer.
When the use is considered to be discretionary, the application must be presented to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC). When applying for a discretionary use, the applicant is encouraged to speak to the Development Officer in advance of making an application. This process helps to identify the various regulations that need to be considered, and provides an opportunity for any potential amendments to be made to ensure the application can be processed efficiently.
The Development Authority is the person or persons authorized to make decisions on development permit applications. Development permit applications involving permitted uses and requesting no variances or relaxations can be approved by the Town’s Development Officer. When the use is considered to be discretionary, the application must be presented to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) for approval.
When applying for a discretionary use, the applicant is encouraged to speak to the Development Officer in advance of making an application. This process helps to identify the various regulations that need to be considered, and provides an opportunity for any potential amendments to be made to ensure the application can be processed efficiently. Applications which involve a ‘variance’ or ‘relaxation’ to the regulations must also be presented to MPC for approval. MPC usually meets twice per month.
Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
The MPC usually meets twice per month to consider development applications made under the Town of Innisfail Land Use Bylaw. The MPC's authority to make decisions on those applications is granted by the Land Use Bylaw. The MPC can approve an application (with or without conditions) or refuse it outright.
Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (SDAB)
Once a decision has been made regarding a development permit application, the decision is subject to appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB), which consists of one council member and five citizens at large.
Any person who deems he/she may be affected by the issuance of a Development Permit may appeal to the SDAB of the Town of Innisfail within fourteen (14) days of the date of the publication of the notice. Appeal applications must be filed with the secretary of the SDAB at the Town Office and must include your name, address and phone number.
Development Permit Fees
At the time of development permit application, besides permit fees which vary depending on the development, the Town of Innisfail charges a development deposit to ensure that public and private interests are protected with regards to unnecessary damage to Town infrastructure during construction.
This includes but is not limited to: streets, lanes, sidewalks, curbs, boulevards, trees and curb stops, and fulfilment of development permit conditions. The amount of the development deposit is based on the type of development. It is refunded once all conditions of the development permit have been met.
For questions related to development permits or the application process contact the Development Officer at 403-227-3376.
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