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Planning Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the links below for answers to commonly asked questions.

Do I need to apply for a Development Permit?

I want to build something on my property, where and what can I build?

How do I subdivide my property?

I received a letter from the District regarding an application that is going to be considered by Council. How can I get more information? Who can I contact?

How can I obtain a plot plan or legal survey of my property?

Do I need to apply for a Development Permit?

The Official Community Plan (OCP) designates Development Permit Areas and guidelines for development within those areas. See the map of Development Permit Areas within the District. The guidelines for development in those defined areas can be found in the OCP and we encourage owners and developers to consult with Planning and Building Department staff on development in these areas. In addition to those areas shown on the map,  multi-family development or development within Riparian Areas requires development permit approval prior to construction or site preparation.

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I want to build something on my property, where and what can I build?

The District's Zoning Bylaw includes a map and zoning districts for every property within the District Boundary. Please contact Planning or Building Department staff to confirm the zoning of your property and permitted uses prior to construction.

In situations where a proposed building is to be located closer to the property lines or the height is greater than that allowed within the Zoning Bylaw, you may apply for a Development Variance Permit. The application must be reviewed by staff, approved by Council and is subject to notification to neighbouring properties within 50m. If you are considering developing on your property and you feel you may need to apply for a Development Variance Permit please contact staff for more details.

In situations where your proposal does fit into the permitted uses of the zoning or density permitted under the property’s current zoning, a Rezoning Application is required. The rezoning process is costly and requires a lengthier review and the approval of the Ministry of Transportation. If you are considering a rezoning application, please contact Planning staff for more information.

Zoning Bylaw Review Details

For more details regarding the zoning bylaw review please contact Melinda Smyrl at msmyrl@sicamous.ca or 250-836-2477.

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How do I subdivide my property?

Subdivision is the process in which a newly created lot is brought into the market. As such each proposed lot must meet the District and Provincial standards for development. A Subdivision Application may be used when creating a new lot, consolidating existing lots, adjusting the boundaries of existing lots or strata conversions.  The process requires the involvement of a BC Land Surveyor and usually a lawyer or notary to complete the process through the Land Title Office, the cost of which are to the applicant.

If you are considering subdivision we encourage you to obtain the zoning for the existing lot to ensure that the minimum lot size requirements are met for each lot that is to be created under your proposal. 

Subdividing a property requires assessments by the District's Approving Officer regarding servicing standards and community considerations. Typically, after review of an application, the Approving Officer issues a Preliminary Review Letter which outlines the conditions that must be satisfied before the subdivision plans can be signed and submitted to the Land Title Office for registrations. Fees such as servicing installation and Development Cost Charges are often applicable when subdividing your property. Staff can provide you with information on general costs that can be expected before you apply. Please note that we will not know the actual costs or fees until after review of the application.  

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I received a letter from the District regarding an application that is going to be considered by Council. How can I get more information? Who can I contact?

Notifications regarding development proposals are mailed by the District to all property owners within a 50m radius of a proposed development. These notices are sent for Development Variance Permits, Development Permits, Official Community Plan Amendments and Rezoning applications. If you have concerns or questions regarding a development proposal notification you received, please contact the Planning Department at 250-836-2477. A binder containing information regarding the development will also be available for viewing at the District Office. Staff reports with recommendations are available the Friday prior to the Council meeting in which the application will be considered.

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How can I obtain a plot plan or legal survey of my property?

The Land Title and Survey Authority of BC maintains all records related to parcels within BC. If you need a survey of your property, please contact a BC Land Surveyor. Access to legal documents that are found on the Certificate of Title for your property (e.g. covenants, easements, notices, assignment of rents, etc.) can be retrieved through Service BC in Salmon Arm. There are costs associated with the retrieval of documents or plans.

Site plans that may have been submitted through a previous building permit or development application may be requested from our Planning or Building Department. Documents retrieved through the civic filing system will only be released to a property owner or his/her agent and fees for photocopying apply.

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