Development Permits

Certain lands in Delta are designated as development permit areas. The Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw contains guidelines and requirements for 20 development permit (DP) areas in North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen. These DP areas include guidelines respecting:

  • The form and character of new commercial, industrial or multi-family residential development,
  • The protection of new development from hazardous conditions (flooding, land slippage), and
  • The protection of the natural environment.

For further information, please see the following guides:

Development Variance Permit

Development Variance Permits (DVPs) are usually considered where the site characteristics or other unique circumstances do not permit strict compliance with an existing regulation. Please see Development Variance Permit Guide (420 KB)

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is required to vary any one of the following:

  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Subdivision Development Bylaw
  • Sign Bylaw
  • Screening and Landscaping Bylaw
  • Building Regulations and a Building Bylaw that concern trailer courts, manufactured home parks and camping grounds
  • Land Use Contract (LUC)

However, a DVP cannot vary:

  • The use or density of the land from that specified in a zoning bylaw or LUC, or
  • Floodplain specifications set out by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks (MELP), in a Municipal Bylaw or by an Order issued by MELP.

A DVP must be approved by Council. Most DVP's are to vary zoning (i.e. building setbacks, building height), to seek relief from certain regulations in the Zoning, Sign, Subdivision and Development Bylaws, or to amend a LUC.

Development Permit Application Sign Information

Site Profile

If you know, or reasonably should know, that the land (or building) you are currently developing was used for industrial or commercial activity, provincial law requires that a site profile must be submitted along with the following applications:

  • Subdivision
  • Rezoning
  • Development or variance permits
  • Soil removal permits, or
  • Demolition permits

The purpose of a Site Profile is to identify potentially-contaminated land and require clean-up by responsible persons to standards appropriate for the use of the land. For more information and a copy of the site profile form, please go to the Government of British Columbia's Ministry of Environment Land Remediation web page.

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