When do I require a Development Permit?
The County of Forty Mile requires a permit for almost all types of development.
According to the Municipal Government Act – Part 17 – Section 616 ”development” means
- an excavation or stockpile and the creation of either of them,
- a building or an addition to or replacement or repair of a building and the construction or placing of any of them on, in, over or under land,
- a change of use of land or a building or an act done in relation to land or a building that results in or is likely to result in a change in the use of the land or building, or
- a change in the intensity of use of land or a building or an act done in relation to land or a building that results or is likely to result in a change in the intensity of use of the land or building.
A summary of the Land Use By-Law sets out a few types of development that do not require a permit (please consult the Land Use By-Law for the actual wording):
- the cultivation or grazing of land
- development of haystacks, portable granaries, and permanent farm buildings under 45 square metres (500 square feet) which comply with established setbacks;*
- maintenance and repair to a building which does not change the building envelope;
- the erection, construction, or maintenance of gates, fences, walls or other means of enclosure less than 2 metres in height, provided it does not contravene any other portion of the By-Law;
- the use, erection or construction of temporary buildings used for a development authorized by a development permit for the period of construction as shown on your development application;
- public utilities on a public utility easement
- a temporary polling station or temporary campaign headquarters for a Federal, Provincial or Municipal referendum or election
* this includes permanent granaries on concrete foundations with a diameter up to 7.5 metres (25 feet)