Planning Applications and Development Permits

Development Planning Resources and Documents

Preparing to Submit an Application
Prior to submitting any development or planning application(s) please contact the Community Development and Planning Officer to arrange a pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal, identify what applications and information may be required and answer any questions you may have.


Please note: below files are in pdficon small format.

Planning Applications: 

Type Description Example
OCP Amendment Amending either the text or the map designations of the OCP Development of a multi-residential dwelling in an R1 zone
Zoning Bylaw Amendment Amending either the text or the map designations of the ZBL Development of a multi-residential dwelling in an R1 zone
Subdivision Legally separating a lot into two or more smaller lots  
Consolidation Legally grouping two or more adjacent lots into one larger lot.  
Boundary Adjustment Adjustment of the legal property lines of two or more adjacent properties, resulting in the same number of lots.  
Variance Relief from zoning provisions such as setbacks due to undue hardship. Reduced setbacks to facilitate construction of a dwelling when part of the lot is undevelopable due to geotechnical concerns


Development Applications: 

Type Description Example
Basic Permits    
New Build - Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, or Multi-Residential Construction of a new primary structure in one of the identified classes. Construction of the first structure on a newly created lot. 
New Build - Single Detached, Duplex, or Secondary Suite Development/construction of a new dwelling unit other than multi-residential units.  
Change of Use Changing the use of a property/structure to a different permitted use class within the appropriate zone in a way that changes the use's compliance levels.  Changing from a storefront to a restaurant, thus changing the required amount of parking. 
Major Alteration Exterior or structural change to the primary structure on a lot. Addition to primary structure, or structural changes to walls, roof, etc of primary structure. 
Minor Alteration Development or alteration of a non-dwelling accessory structure, or minor changes to a primary structure. Construction or structural alterations to a shed or detached garage, or non-structural changes to walls, roof, etc of a primary structure, such as changing siding material. 
Signage Installation of new signage.  
Temporary (Less Than 7 Days) Temporary use of the land for a period of less than 7 days. Event tents. 
Temporary (More than 7 Days) Temporary use of the land for a period of less than 2 years. Long-term temporary developments may be required to pay a security deposit to ensure timely removal of the structure. Temporary Work Camps, Skid Shacks. 
Demolition/Move Dismantling and/or permanently removing a structure to facilitate new development.   
Mining Any version of natural resource extraction or quarrying activity.   

Policies, Bylaws and Guidelines:
Official Community Plan Bylaw #18-18 
Zoning Bylaw #18-19
Heritage Bylaw #09-04
Subdivision Bylaw #95-08 
Design Guidelines for Historic Dawson
City of Dawson Development Quick Reference Guide