Developing buildings and land in the Municipality is often a multi-stage process and usually involves interaction not only with Planning Staff, but with Municipal Staff in other departments (e.g. Engineering and Building), as well as with Council and the General Public.
Amendments to the Environmental Management Act related to the Province’s contaminated site identification process take effect February 1, 2021, and will require all local governments in British Columbia to participate in the contaminated sites screening process.
This means effective February 1, 2021, North Cowichan will require applicants to provide a completed Site Disclosure Statement in addition to the required application documents for development applications, land use amendments, subdivisions and building permits. A Site Disclosure Statement is necessary to determine and identify if potential Schedule 2 activities of the Contaminated Sites Regulation have occurred on the subject property or properties. Identification of a "Schedule 2" industrial or commercial use on the property or properties will typically require that the Site Disclosure Statement be forwarded to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. In this circumstance, North Cowichan cannot grant development approvals or issue permits until it receives authorization from the Ministry to proceed.
The provincial Site Remediation website is the best resouce of information on all aspects of contaminated sites.
As every property and development proposal is unique, and application requirements can vary, please contact Planning Staff by phone: 250-746-3119 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project and application requirements prior to submitting an application. Planning Staff are here to guide you through the process and to advise if a Pre-Application Meeting is necessary prior to your submission.
The Application Guides below are designed to help you understand the various development processes and to help you properly prepare your development proposal.
Once you have read through the relevant Application Guide, you can prepare your development proposal and complete an application.
A completed Site Disclosure Statement is required in addition to the required application documents for development applications, land use amendments, subdivisions and building permits. A Site Disclosure Statement is necessary to determine and identify if potential Schedule 2 activities of the Contaminated Sites Regulation have occurred on the subject property or properties.
Applications that are submitted without the mandatory Site Disclosure Statement will be considered incomplete, and will delay the application process.
Use the Agricultural Land Reserve Application (links to Provincial Agricultural Land Commission site).
The Board of Variance addresses appeals for variances that are considered “minor” and where compliance would cause “undue hardship” to the property owner. In order for the Board of Variance to grant a variance, it must be of the opinion that the variance does not:
If your request does not meet the above conditions, a Development Variance Permit is another application process that may be more suitable. Planning Staff can help you determine your best option before submitting your application. Please refer to the Board of Variance Guide for more information.
Please complete the Temporary Mobile Home Permit Application for New Temporary Mobile Home Permit Applications and for Annual Renewal Applications.
Please contact the Engineering Department for Subdivision Applications.
Please refer to the Other Useful Resources section for additional development process information and helpful links.