Get a Development Permit


How to Apply for a Permit

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Lethbridge County offices are closed to the public.  Permit applications will be accepted via mail or in the drop box located at the front of the Lethbridge administration office.  Please include the fee payment with your application (please do not mail or place cash into the drop box).  Applicants will be notified when the application has been accepted.

Applications by mail should be sent to the address below:

Lethbridge County
#100, 905 - 4th Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4E4

Permitting Process

The following outlines the general process for Development Permit applications. Scheduling a pre-application meeting with Development Services is strongly encouraged.

  1. Pre-application consultation: Applicants are recommended to discuss their proposal with the Development Officer and/or Senior Planner.  Call (403) 328-5525 to speak to staff.
  2. Consult Land Use Bylaw: Applicants must consult the County’s Land Use Bylaw prior to making a Development Permit Application. If the proposed use of the land aligns with its current designation and discretionary uses, an application may be submitted.
  3. Changes to existing land use: If the proposed use of the land does not conform to the current land use designation or regulations, an application for re-designation must be submitted and approved prior to the Development Permit application being made.
  4. Application submitted: The application is submitted with the necessary forms, fees, and supporting information which varies depending on the project.
  5. Evaluation of application: the Development Authority reviews the application for missing information, evaluates the impact on adjacent properties, considers comments made from circulation to other agencies, and assesses the project’s compliance with the County’s Land Use Bylaw. If the application is considered a discretionary use, the adjacent/impacted landowners are notified of the application.
  6. Decision: A decision is made by the Development Authority either approving or refusing the application. The applicant will be mailed a Notice of Decision.
  7. Approval and public appeal period: If a Development Permit is approved, it is advertised in the Sunny South News and there is a 21-day period to allow for public appeals. The receipt of a public appeal would start an appeal process heard by the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
  8. Permit issuance: Provided that appeals (if any) are resolved, the approved Development Permit comes into effect. If the development proposal entails erecting any building or structures, then Building Permits must be obtained prior to beginning construction.  Please note that all building permits in Lethbridge County are issued by Park Enterprises (403) 329-3747.  For more information on the building permit process, please click the link.
  9. Completion: A Development Completion Inspection may be required to ensure all the requirements of the Development Permit have been met and the construction reflects the approved plans.

The application process takes approximately 5-7 weeks to process.  It is advisable to plan accordingly and apply well in advance.

Forms & Documents

Visit the Forms & Documents page for the paperwork required for a development permit, as well as informational packages on common development projects.

Before you submit your application, fill out a checklist to ensure you have all required documentation:

Accessory Building Checklist
Commercial-Industrial Checklist
Home Occupation Checklist
Residential Checklist
Signage Checklist

PLEASE NOTE: Lethbridge County is an accredited municipality with Municipal Affairs, which means that the County has the authority to administer the Safety Codes Act for the building, plumbing (includes septic), electrical, and gas disciplines.
Lethbridge County is contracted with Park Enterprises to provide all required Safety Codes inspection services in the County.

Park Enterprises
#10, 491 W.T. Hill Blvd. S. ,
Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1Y6

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