What are Development Permit Areas (DPAs)?

Development Permit Areas (DPAs) require permits under certain circumstances. Local governments have the authority to designate development permit areas in an official community plan. These identify locations that need special treatment for certain purposes including the protection of development from hazards, establishing objectives for form and character in specified circumstances, or revitalization of a commercial use area. This authority can also be used to achieve climate action goals for energy conservation, water conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Unless a development permit is obtained, development in such areas is restricted.

If an official community plan designates development permit areas, then the implementing guidelines may be located in the official community plan or in the zoning bylaw.

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1. When do I need a building permit to do work in the Regional District?
2. How do I get a building permit?
3. How much does a permit cost?
4. How can I pay for my building permit?
5. How long does it take to process a building permit?
6. Can I get the permit process started before I have a complete application?
7. How long is a building permit valid?
8. How and when can I request building inspections?
9. What building inspections are required in the CVRD?
10. What time will my Building Official come to do the inspection?
11. Where can I get a copy of the BC Building Code?
12. Do I need a permit for a deck or garden shed?
13. Do you release copies of building inspection records?
14. Where can I find information on my septic system/well?
15. Do I require a building permit for a farm building?
16. I have a general question, who should I talk to?
17. Can I use lumber cut from timber on my property to construct my house or accessory building?
18. What Climate Zone is my property in?
19. What is my Seismic Smax value?
20. What is zoning?
21. What is a Riparian Area?
22. What is the Web Map and how do I use it?
23. What is an accessory dwelling unit?
24. Can I have an accessory dwelling unit?
25. What is a secondary suite?
26. Can I have a secondary suite in my home?
27. What are Development Permit Areas (DPAs)?
28. What is a Development Permit?
29. How do I know if I need a Development Permit?
30. What is a Development Variance Permit?
31. Can I have an Air B&B?
32. Can I cut down a tree (or trees), and do I need a permit?
33. Can I have a 'tiny home'?
34. Does CVRD require compliance with the BC Energy Step Code?
35. What are my Snow Loads?
36. Are there requirements for fence construction?
37. How can I get information on a building file?
38. Do I need a building permit for a pool?