Development Permits

Provided that the setback requirements and any other applicable land use regulations and standards are complied with, an agricultural operation as defined in the Land Use Bylaw is exempted from the requirement to obtain a development permit. Please call Planning and Development Services if you are unsure whether or not your project is an agricultural operation.

When a landowner wants to change the use of their property or put up a new building, except for most agricultural operations, they most likely require a development permit. The Land Use Bylaw divides the County into several land use districts, each of these having land uses and development regulations and standads specific to it. Within a land use district a proposed development may either be a permitted use or a discretionary use or it may not be allowed at all. It is possible that a proposed building may be too high or does not comply with the required side, rear and front yard setback distances of the district, and as a result, a variance may be required. Another possibility is that a proposed development may not require a development permit. Please contact the County's Planning and Development Services before you start to build so that your project can run smoothly and on time. We want to help you obtain all the approvals that you require.

The Municipal Government Act states that a municipality must make a decision on a development permit application within 40 days of receiving a complete application. Usually the County is able to meet this processing timeline, however if we do not, the applicant has the option of deeming the application refused and appealing it to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board or enter into an agreement with the County to extend the timeline. The Couinty's development permit application form provides for such an agreement.

Pursuant to a provision in the Municipal Government Act the County's Land Use Bylaw provides that construction of any development shall not proceed beyond grade level until all conditions, except those conditions of a continuing nature, have been met or fulfilled. The County expects that ratepayers and developers will show respect for the right of other ratepayers to provide their views on any proposed development, and to not start development prior to obtaining the relevant approvals.

When a development is within ten feet of the boundary of a Municipal Reserve, an Environmental Reserve or an Environmental Reserve Easement, construction shall not proceed beyond grade level until the developer has provided the County with a Real Property Report showing the location of the foundations of all permanent structures relative to the boundary of the MR, ER or ER easement and the County has approved the RPR as being compliant with the Land Use Bylaw and the approved development permit.

The proposed development shall be undertaken and completed in accordance with the site plan submitted with the application (for example site layout, landscaping, parking layout, building elevations, fascia signs, storm water management and utility servicing).

The location of the building(s) must meet the setback requirements of the land use district in which it is located.

Satisfactory arrangements must be made with the County of Stettler No. 6 for access to the proposed development, including the construction or upgrading of approaches and off-site access roads, where deemed necessary. Please refer to the County's Policy 5.5 Installation of Approaches and Culverts, Policy 5.8 Road Construction and Policy 5.9 Road Specifications. You may be eligible for road cost sharing from the County (see Policy 5.12).

You may be required to do dust control where your development impacts other residences. The Municipal Development Plan, Policy 5.2 Dust Control and Policy 5.17 Dust Control on Secondary Highways provide more information.

Where a development permit is approved for the selling of motor vehicles the applicant must provide written proof of holding a license from the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council.

The applicant shall comply with Bylaw 1430-10 relative to making arrangements for civic addressing. Policy 300.7 Rural Addressing describes the relevant requirements.

It is the landowner's responsibility to comply with the provincial Safety Codes Act for new construction, additions or renovations, electrical, plumbing, gas and private sewage disposal systems by obtaining a Safety Codes permit. The County is not accredited for the purposes of the Safety Codes Act, which means that any Safety Codes permit must be obtained from any Safety Codes inspection agency accredited with the Safety Codes Council. A building permit application must be consistent with a development permit issued by the County in respect of the land use, yard setbacks, building height, floor area requirements, etcetera.

Before the Development Officer will accept an application for a development permit affecting land within 1,000 feet (304.8 meter) of the right-of-way of a highway or within 0.5 mile (800 me­ter) of the intersection of two highways, the applicant must obtain the necessary roadside development permit or other permission from Alberta Transportation.

There may be many other aspects that impact your proposed development. It is our role to advise you of these matters. If you are planning to apply for a development permit in the County it may be helpful to review the Land Use Bylaw and contact the County's Planning and Development Services for more information.

The County's Development Authority adopted a zero tolerance approach to developers starting development beyond grade level without the benefit of a development permit.

Development Permit Application Form

Development Permit Fees

Jacinta Donovan, Development Officer

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Cara McKenzie, Development Officer

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Johan van der Bank, Director of Planning and Development

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