Development Permit Process

When Do I Need a Development Permit?

If you are planning to build, modify or change a structure, or change the way you are using your land, a development permit may be required.  Please contact the Vulcan County Development Department at 403-485-2241.

What you are allowed to develop on your property depends on its "land use zoning".  In the Land Use Bylaw, each land use designation contains a list of "discretionary" and "permitted" uses allowed.  If you do not see your proposed development listed as a use, you may be required to amend the Land Use Bylaw and rezone your property first.

How Do I Acquire A Development Permit?

Application forms can be downloaded here or picked up from our Administration Office.  Items that must be included with your application are:

Fee Click here for Planning and Development Fee Schedule
Detailed site map
Any other information required as it pertains to your development.

Please contact our Development Officer prior to submitting your application to ensure you have all the required information. When the Development Officer has deemed your application to be complete, Vulcan County has 40 days to make a decision on your application, otherwise it is automatically deemed refused.

“Permitted Use” permits are issued by the Development Officer.  If your development is a "discretionary use" development, and/or you require a waiver, your application will be taken to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) for a decision.

The Municipal Planning Commission meets at 9:00am on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month.  You are encouraged to attend this meeting to be available to answer any questions the Planning Commission may have.

My Development Permit was approved, when can I begin my project?

Your development permit will contain a list of conditions that you must abide by in order for your development to meet the standards set in the Land Use Bylaw.  Most developments will require you to acquire Provincial Safety Code permits (eg: building, gas, electrical) prior to starting construction. Please contact Superior Safety Codes.

For Permitted Use Developments, there is a 14-day appeal period after your permit has been issued in which no development can commence.  During this time, any person affected by the decision, including yourself if you do not agree to the conditions of the permit, may appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.  If there is no appeal, you may begin development on the 14th day.

For Discretionary Use Developments, there is a 21-day appeal period after your permit has been issued in which no development can commence.  During this time, any person affected by the decision, including yourself if you do not agree to the conditions of the permit, may appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.  If there is no appeal, you may begin development on the 21st day.

Development Permit Denial

If your development permit was denied you may:

     a)  You may appeal to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board within 14/21 days of the refusal.  
     b)  In six months you may resubmit a similar application.

Why are Development Permits Required?

Development permits are legislated by the Municipal Government Act and the Planning Act of Alberta. If you begin a new development without a permit Vulcan County will issue a  Stop Order. A stop order will required that you do not use your development until you satisfy the conditions of the stop order.  Any continuance of use of your development may be met with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or jail time of a maximum of 1 year for each offense.  Conditions may include removal of the structure at your expense. If Development begins without a permit, Vulcan County and Superior Safety Codes will double all the applicable fees.

Safety Codes Permits (Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Gas, Sewage):
 
Please contact Superior Safety Codes Inc. for all your safety codes permitting needs. Superior Safety Codes Inc. is the only Company authorized to issue safety codes permits for Vulcan County.
 
Calgary Office

25, 2015 - 32 Ave. NE
Calgary AB T2E 6Z3

Email: info@superiorsafetycodes.com
Phone: 403 717 2344
Fax: 403 717 2340
Toll Free: 1 877 717 2344
http://www.superiorsafetycodes.com/
 
A booklet containing fee schedules and application forms can be picked up from the County Administration Office or at Superior Safety Codes Inc.  Fees will depend on the size or type of development, number of fixtures and/or project value. 
 
Superior Safety Codes Inc. is the only company authorized to issue safety codes permits for Vulcan County.

Please call or email the Development Department to discuss in further detail the development process in Vulcan County.