When to use a Development Permit? When is it required?
This form is used when you wish to develop your property, including sheds, fences, decks, new homes, commercial buildings, etc. This is a two-page document, the first page is the application and the second page is a checklist of what is required to accompany the application. A Development Permit IS NOT a Building Permit; you are still required to obtain a Building Permit from an accredited Building Permit Agency for the Edson area.
Development permits are required for new construction, additions, renovations or a change in use of a building in ALL districts of the Town. Development Permits deal with the proposed development’s impact on neighboring properties and are regulated by the Town's Land Use Bylaw. If you intend to construct, renovate, demolish all or part of the buildings, change the use of a building, or add buildings to your property, you will need to apply for a Development Permit on the prescribed form. Fees start at $100.00 and go up depending on the type of development. See Development Permit, Subdivision and Other Fees for more information. Fees double if a permit is obtained after commencing construction.
Sign Applications/ Variance Application
Sign applications - When you wish to place a sign on your property please fill out a development permit application. Types of signs include roof, canopy/awning, wall/fascia, free-standing, under a canopy, projecting, portable, inflatable or billboards.
Variance Application Form - The development permit application is used when development on a property does not conform to requirements of the Town of Edson Land Use Bylaw and a variance for the nonconformity is required. A variance request is required in writing explaining the reasoning of your request. Once the application is reviewed and approved, the cost of the variance is $100.00/metre pre-devevelopment, and $500.00/metre post-development.
Sometimes topography, or other physical circumstances, requires a variance to accommodate situations that the Land Use Bylaw cannot anticipate. If complying with the Land Use Bylaw is seen to cause ‘undue hardship,’ your application may be eligible for a variance. If you are aware your application requires a variance to the regulations set forth in the Land Use Bylaw, please provide a written rationale outlining how compliance with the Land Use Bylaw would cause undue hardship. If a variance is identified after a review of your application, you will be notified to either (1) amend your application to be compliant with the Land Use Bylaw or (2) provide a request for the variance with rationale. Variance fees apply.
An Encroachment Agreement often is required when a structure(s) such as a fence, shed, house, garage, etc. is constructed beyond your property lines or over an easement or right-of-way. Encroachments are usually discovered when a property is surveyed or when a Certificate of Compliance is requested. An Encroachment Agreement is a formal acknowledgment by the owner of the land that is impacted by the encroaching structure to allow it to remain as is.
Mobile Home Regulations
Moving or Removing a Mobile Home into/from a trailer park
A development permit is not required to move or remove a mobile home from a mobile home park within the corporate boundaries of the Town.
However, PRIOR TO MOVING THE MOBILE HOME INTO THE PARK, you must contact
- the Town’s tax department at 780-723-4401 to provide Ownership information to the Town;
- the Town’s Bylaw Enforcement office at 780-723-3178 to notify/coordinate the date and time of the move; and
- a Building Permit agency to obtain building, plumbing, electrical, gas permits.
However, PRIOR TO REMOVING A MOBILE HOME FROM THE PARK, you must contact
- the Town’s tax department at 780-723-4401 to provide information to the Town;
- the Town’s Bylaw Enforcement office at 780-723-3178, to notify/coordinate the date and time of the move; and
- a Building Permit agency to obtain plumbing, electrical, gas permits.
A development permit IS REQUIRED to move or remove a mobile home from a owned lot (such as on 52nd Street, or in Pine Avenue Mobile Subdivision).