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Development Applications 

Development Permits

Development Permit Areas are designated in Dawson Creek for one or more of the following purposes. The form and character of development, specifically: multi-family residential, commercial, and light industrial development. The Protection of development from hazardous conditions areas and protection of natural environmental areas.

Development Application Form

All Development Permit Applications must include the following information:

  • Placement of structure(s) on site.
  • Landscaping plans (grassed areas, flower beds, trees, parking areas, etc.)
  • Building finish (type of siding, colour)
  • Access to and from the property
  • Plans and/or pictures if available
  • Proposed development plans if the development is to be completed in phases
  • Completed Sustainability Checklist (see above)

Development Variance Permits

Development Variance Permits are permits authorized by City Council to allow variances to certain requirements of the City’s Zoning Bylaw, Sign Bylaw, or Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw.

Official Community Plan Amendments

The OCP may be amended, from time to time, with regard to specific issues or proposals.

Rezoning & Zoning Bylaw Text Amendments 

Owners of property may apply to amend the zoning on their property. Zoning Bylaw Text amendments amend a requirement or regulation within the Bylaw affecting a particular zone.

Sign Permits

Anyone intending to place a sign on the exterior of any building or structure, or on any property in the City, must make an application and obtain approval from the Development Service Department for a Sign Permit, prior to installation. 


A subdivision of land can create two or more lots out of one lot, adjust an existing property (lot) line, or consolidate two or more lots into one.

Subdivision and Servicing Bylaw

Approved Products List

Subdivision and Development Procedures Manual

Performance Security

Permit For Construction

Certificate of Provisional Completion of Deep Utilities

Letter of Approval for Fire Access

Certificate of Provisional Completion of All Works

Letter of Final Acceptances

Preliminary Application to Subdivide – To be made prior to legal surveying work being undertaken and for the City’s approval in principle.  Scale Drawings 1-50 to be attached. Fee: $250.00 plus $25.00  for each lot created.

Subdivision Application Form

Sustainability Checklist

The City of Dawson Creek now requires a completed Sustainability Checklist to be submitted with all Official Community Plan and Zoning amendment applications, Subdivision, Development Permit and Development Variance Permit applications.

The checklist has been developed to assist staff and Council in the assessment of development applications with respect to the City’s overall future vision, community goals and policies.

Please download the applicable Sustainability Checklist for your development and submit it with your application:

Sustainability Checklist for Single Family Developments

Sustainability Checklist for Multi-Family Developments

Sustainability Checklist for Commercial and Office Developments

Sustainability Checklist for Institutional Developments

Sustainability Checklist for Industrial Developments

Complete Sustainability Checklist

For questions or inquiries please contact our City Planner, Alex Wallace, at 250.784.3658 or email