Within Development Permit Areas, a Development Permit is required before undertaking any development.
In the Resort Municipality of Whistler's (RMOW's) Official Community Plan (OCP), some lands are designated as Development Permit Areas with associated guidelines for:
- Form and character of residential, commercial and industrial development;
- Protection of the natural environment; and
- Protection from hazardous conditions.
When is a Development Permit Required?
A Development Permit is required before undertaking any of the following types of development on land that is located within a Development Permit Area.
- Alteration of land, including landscaping or removal of vegetation or trees;
- Construction of, addition to, or alteration of any building or structure including repainting (not including interior renovations); and
- Subdivision of land.
To find out if your property is in a Development Permit Area, review the OCP Development Permit Area maps Schedule P (Development Permit Area Locations) and Schedule Q (Development Permit Area Designations).
If your property is located within a Development Permit Area, determine if an exemption applies for your type of development within either the OCP Development Permit Area Guidelines applicable to your property or Part 5, Section 28 of Zoning and Parking Bylaw 303, 2015. If an exemption does not apply, a Development Permit is required.
Follow the two steps below to apply for a Development Permit:
1. If your property is in a Development Permit Area and your development does not qualify for an exemption (see When is a Development Permit Required above), call 604-935-8170 to schedule a pre-application meeting with Planning Department staff. Staff will review application requirements and provide information on the approval process.
2. Submit the relevant development permit application and fees.
Less complex Development Permit applications typically may be approved by staff. Larger, more complex developments require Council approval and may take longer to assess. To determine if your development proposal will be considered by staff or by Council, please contact the Planning Department.
Once approved, notice of the Development Permit is registered on the title of the property and is binding on existing and future owners of the property for as long as the permit is valid.
Some development that may not require a Development Permit may require changes to RMOW zoning and would need to go through a Development Variance Permit or the Board of Variance.
The following application fees apply:
|Development Permit Application – Delegated to staff||$300|
|Development Permit Application – Non Delegated to staff||$750|
In addition to the application fee, the rates below will be applied to all applications to cover the RMOW's direct costs of processing, reporting, analysis and inspection related to the application:
|Professional staff time||$60 per hour|
|Clerical staff time||$30 per hour|
|Hand-delivered notification||$40 per hour|
|Legal services, newspaper ads, third party consulting||At cost|