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Applying for a Development Permit

Unless exempted by the Land Use Bylaw or other legislation, all developments within the Municipal District of Fairview No. 136 require a development permit. Developments that require a development permit include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any new building or structure; 
  • Any major structural addition or changes to the building; 
  • Changes to the use and intensity of the use of an existing building; 
  • Changes to the use of vacant land for development; 
  • Signage except as exempted under the Land Use Bylaw; 
  • Storage including storage in tanks; and
  • Communication towers and structures.

A development permit provides legal authorization for a development; having it protects the property owner or renter/leasee against future legal or transactional issues. Development permits must be obtained prior to undertaking a development. The process of applying for a development permit, including all the documents required, is detailed in the Guide to Applying for a Development Permit. Applicants for a development permit are advised to read the guidelines prior to completing an application.

To apply for a development permit, please download and complete the Development Permit Application Formand submit it to the MD Office along with the appropriate fee, as passed by Council. The cost of a development permit can be found in our Rates and Fees Bylaw, found here. If the proposed development is not enabled in the district where your site is located, you must first apply for an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw, to enable the type of development you want and, if successful, apply for a development permit. To apply for a Land Use Bylaw Amendment, use the Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application Form

Unless extended by a written agreement between the Development Authority and the applicant, the Development Authority has 40 days to make a decision on a development permit application from the date the applicant is issued a Notice of Complete Application. To ensure timely processing of applications, it is important for applicants to submit a complete application and also provide any additional information, if required by the Development Authority during the review process. Please contact the Development Officer at the MD of Fairview No. 136 Municipal Office prior to submitting an application, if you have any questions about completing the application form.

A development permit may include conditions, such as a requirement for the applicant to enter into a Development Agreement with the municipality to perform a number of tasks related to the approved development, and or obtain additional permits/ licenses from external organizations before commencing or operating their development. Permits/licenses from external agencies may include building, fire, mechanical/electrical, plumbing and gas permits from an accredited Safety Codes Agency and/or license from a federal or provincial agency (e.g., Cannabis Store License from AGLC to operate a cannabis retail facility). Click Accredited Safety Codes Agencies for the list of companies that are authorized to issue permits for building, electrical, plumbing, sewage and heating for residents and developers within the Municipal District of Fairview No. 136.

In addition to permits/licenses, inspections may also be conducted by the MD Office, provincial authorities or external agencies to verify that the completed development complies with applicable legislation, standards or conditions of the approved permit or license. These inspections may include fire, safety codes and health inspections.  



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Appealing a Development Authority’s Decision
Decisions of the Development Authority may be appealed to the Development Appeal Board. The MD of Fairview No. 136’s Development Appeal Board deals with appeals regarding development permit decisions and stop orders issued by the Development. The MD of Fairview No. 136’s Development Appeal Board is an impartial, quasi-judicial body that makes independent decisions on appeal cases before it, strictly based on the evidence presented at a hearing, and in accordance with the MGA, the Municipal District of Fairview No. 136’s  Development Appeal Board Bylaw and any other applicable municipal, provincial and federal legislation. The process for appealing a decision of the Development Authority, including the timelines for filing an appeal, are outlined in the Development Permit Application Guidelines. The MD of Fairview No. 136’s Development Appeal Board Bylaw outlines the duties, powers and functions of the Appeal Board, including the procedures for organizing an appeal hearing and making a decision. Anyone wishing to appeal development permit decisions and stop orders must complete the Development Appeal Form and submit it with the appropriate fees to the Clerk of the Development Appeal Board at the MD Office within 21 days from the date of the decision or order of the Development Authority.



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