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.

Determining your application requirements
Application types

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.

Fees

Application fees are listed in our Development Application Fees Bylaw and change yearly. 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.

Before you apply
Set up a pre-application meeting

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 planninginfo@kelowna.ca.

Speak to your neighbours

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.

Preparing & submitting your application

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.

Application forms

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:

After you apply

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.