Development Permits

A development permit considers the what and where of a potential project.

By consulting the Land Use Bylaw and other regulations, the City's Planning staff reviews proposed projects. They look at details like allowable land use in the area, impacts to nearby properties, setbacks and more. If approved, the applicant receives their Development Permit.

You are required to have a valid Development Permit before you can apply for a Building Permit to construct a building or structure. A Development Permit is also required before obtaining a Business License, therefore it is automatically included in the Business License application.

How to Apply

Apply online

Apply online

Please review this ePermit user guide before applying online.

Apply In Person
  1. Determine which application you need. You can then download the required form and complete it, or come in person to Planning & Development Services at City Hall and we will assist you.
  2. Have drawings ready, if required (eg: site plan, elevation plan, floor plan)
  3. Have utility locate slips: These show the location of underground and overhead utilities, such as gas and cable lines. See Line Locates below.
  4. Bring all required documents specified in the application and apply in person:

Planning & Development Services
2nd floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB


Development permit forms available here:

Planning and Development Library

Apply by Email
  1. Determine which application you need. Download the required form and complete it. Do a digital scan of your completed form and email it to Planning & Development Services.
  2. Include drawings, if required (eg: site plan, elevation plan, floor plan)
  3. Have utility locate slips: These show the location of underground and overhead utilities, such as gas and cable lines. See Line Locates below.
  4. Email all required documents, as indicated on your form, to Planning & Development Services.
Development permit forms available here:

Planning and Development Library

Email your application


When you apply by email, your application will be processed and you will be contacted about:
  • Other required information/documents (if any)
  • Cost of your application fee
  • Payment methods
Payment Methods

Online or phone:

  • Visa or Mastercard

In-person:

  • Debit
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Visa or Mastercard

Mail:

  • Cheque


Fees and Charges

Application process

A Planning or Development Officer is assigned to each Development Permit and will be the file manager for the duration of the application. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be contacted. The review cannot continue until all required documents have been submitted. 

Once determined to be complete, the application will be reviewed. This will include a Land Use Bylaw check to ensure the application meets all bylaw requirements. If there are any discrepancies, the applicant will be contacted.

Zoning and Land Use  List of fees

Circulation

Commercial applications or complex residential applications are circulated to a variety of affected City departments for review. Departments are given 14 days to respond.

Technical review

Approval

Project construction may begin without the appeal period being completed, if:

  • Development Permit (DP) has been approved, and
  • Voluntary Waiver of Claims has been signed (included in DP application), and
  • required Safety Codes approvals (i.e. Building Permits) have been obtained.

If application is refused

If the application has been refused, the applicant has 21 days from the notification of the decision to appeal the refusal.

Public notification

All approved Development Permits are advertised weekly in the Medicine Hat News and appear in Public Notices. Interested parties may appeal the approval of discretionary uses or permitted uses within 21 days, through the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB).

Public notices

Development Permit Expiry 

After a development permit is approved by The City, the applicant has twelve months from the date the development permit was issued to commence development.  If significant construction has not begun by this date, a new application, including full application fees, will be required to move forward with the project. There may be conditions included in certain development permits which extend that period.

After a Development Permit is approved, the applicant must also obtain necessary building permit and trades permits before starting construction.


Amendments to the Land Use Bylaw

A Land Use Bylaw amendment is required if you wish to develop your site in a manner that is not allowed by the current zoning. To learn more or to apply, click below:

Land Use Bylaw amendment


Line Locates

When planning your project, it is important to know where buried utilities are located on your property. Locates are free of charge but require three days notice.

You must provide utility locate slips with your application. To obtain line locates, visit:

Line locates