Development process overview
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Property development projects in Kelowna – such as building a carriage house, rezoning your property, or proposing a new commercial development – have different requirements and processes. The page contains important information about the application process for your proposed development.
There are various types of property development applications, and they all have unique requirements. Learn more about the types of development projects below and click on a header to visit that overview page.
- Carriage house proposals: constructing a smaller, secondary house that can be used for guests, family, or as a rental
- Development variance permits: proposing development that doesn’t conform to City bylaws
- Environmental development proposals: altering land or proposing construction in a natural environment permit area (near waterways or other ecologically sensitive lands)
- Hazardous condition development proposals: altering land or proposing construction in a high risk area, primarily hill slopes steeper than 30%
- Heritage development proposals: altering, restoring or revitalizing heritage properties
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- Rezoning & OCP amendments: rezoning properties or amending the Official Community Plan
- Subdivision & stratification proposals: subdividing a property, including changing lot lines or consolidating lots, as well as stratifying buildings
- Urban design development permits: constructing multiple unit residential, commercial and industrial developments
Application fees are listed in our Development Application Fees Bylaw and change annually. Depending on your proposal, there may be other costs associated such as building permits, development cost charges and servicing fees. Other agencies - such as FortisBC, your water provider, or the BC Safety Authority – may also charge fees related to your application.
The application process for a development project can be complicated. To get additional information, you can meet with one of our planning technicians at the Application Centre on the second floor of City Hall. For more complex files, set up a pre-application meeting with a Planner by calling us at 250-469-8626 or emailing us at email@example.com.
Speaking to your neighbours early and often is important when you are proposing a new development. They may have ideas about the proposal, offer their support or share concerns that could be addressed. Learn about the 25 ways to be a good neighbour.
Applications can be submitted with payment to the Application Centre on the second floor of City Hall. Please review the requirements listed on the application form relevant to your proposal to ensure that you’re submitting a complete application – see a list of application forms below.
Please note: Zoning Bylaw No. 12375 has been adopted as of September 26, 2022. Application packages for development projects will be considered under Zoning Bylaw No. 12375 regulations effective immediately. The Standard Application Package has been updated to reflect the new requirements.
Once you’ve determined which type of application you need to apply for, submit the relevant application form and all required documents as per the links below:
- Standard development application package
- For most types of development applications including Development Permits, Development Variance Permits, Heritage Alteration and Revitalization Permits, Natural Environment Development Permits, OCP Amendments, Rezoning, Temporary Use Permits, and Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional projects.
- Simple development application package
- Some types of developments do not require a form and character review, in these circumstances a simplified development application may be used. Please check with our Planner of the Day at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 250-469-8626 to see if your project qualifies.
- Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) applications
- For applications on ALR land that need to be considered by the ALC, submit your application directly to the ALC and it will be forwarded to the City
- Building stratification
- For applications to stratify two or more units on a single lot – stratification allows the units to be sold separately and creates common strata property
- Tree removal
- For applications to remove trees within environmentally sensitive areas
- Soil deposit and removal
- For applications to remove soil from or deposit soil onto a property
Individual application document forms:
Once your completed application is submitted, you will be assigned a file manager who will work to process your application. Incomplete applications will cause delays. Simple applications that don't require Council consideration can be processed on a shorter timeline, whereas more complex applications that require Council consideration will take longer to process. Your file manager will be able to provide you with more information about application timelines.