Development is a term used to generally define the following activities:
- the subdivision of a parcel of land
- the erection or replacement of a building / structure
- the additions or repairs made to a building / structure
- the change of use (or intensity of use) of a parcel of land, a building or a structure
- the demolition of a building / structure
Land use district: A land use designation is assigned to all parcels of land within the City. It describes uses that are either permitted or discretionary, as well as specific rules for these land use districts as explained in the Medicine Hat Land Use Bylaw (PDF).
For maps and specific information on each land use district in Medicine Hat, see Zoning and Land Use.
Examples of types of land uses include a detached house, a retail store, a school, a factory or a restaurant. Each land use district has certain land uses that are permitted, others are discretionary, and some uses are prohibited.
If, for example, you are planning to construct a building, start a business, undertake renovations or redevelopment, erect a sign, or establish a secondary suite, then the types of land uses allowed within the district will directly affect your plans.
All development permit applications must meet the land use regulations of the property, such as allowable activities, lot dimensions, lot area, etc. The Land Use Bylaw (PDF) outlines the uses and development regulations of a particular zone. See specifics in Zoning and Land Use.
The City's Planning staff will help you through the process. Phone 403-529-8374.
Changing a business location
How to apply
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. The issue date can be found on the permit documents. If significant construction has not begun by this date, a new application, including full application fees, will be required to move forward with the development.
If a building permit requires an extension, this is applied for separately.