A development permit is required for any development in the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130. The only exceptions are as follows:
- extensive agriculture
- an accessory use or building within an agriculture district
- a minor home-based business within an agriculture district
- works of maintenance, repair or alteration provided such work does not change the use or intensity of the use of the building
- construction or maintenance of a fence, wall or gate less than 1.8 metres
- a public utility located on public property
- developments undertaken by or for the municipality
Although permits may not be required, the development must still conform to the Land Use Bylaw (eg. setbacks, etc.). Contact the Development Officer to ensure conformity.
Application for Permit
Application is to be made to the Development Officer and accompanied by a processing fee. Time limits are outlined on the permit application form. The Development Officer may require additional information to accompany the permit application. Possible requests can be found on the application form.
We encourage you to contact the Development Officer prior to submitting an application to verify what type of additional information may be required.
New Home Warranty Required for All New Residential Building Permits
No new residential permits will be issued by the municipality until builders acquire a New Home Warranty. Starting February 1, 2014, every new home built in Alberta will require a New Home Warranty under Alberta’s New Home Buyer Protection Act (NHBPA).
For more information, contact the Municipal Affairs Public Safety Division at 1-866-421-6929 or visit their website at www.homewarranty.alberta.ca.
The Appeal Process
A decision on a development permit application may be appealed by serving either in person, or by registered mail, a written notice of appeal to the Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board within (14) fourteen days of the date of the Notice of Decision. Use of the Development Appeal Form outlined in the Land Use Bylaw is recommended. This form must be accompanied by an application fee of $500.00.
Within thirty (30) days of receiving written notice of an appeal, the Board shall hold a public hearing. Upon conclusion of a hearing, the Board shall deliberate and reach its decision in private. The Board shall give its decision upon an appeal in writing together with reasons for the decision within fifteen (15) days of the conclusion of the hearing.