Development Permit Areas

Urban Design – Managing and Shaping the Built Environment

Part 4 of the City’s Official Community Plan identifies Development Permit Areas and Guidelines that guide the building design, landscaping, parking, site layout and building finishes ensuring high-quality developments. Additionally, Development Permit Areas and Guidelines have been developed for the protection of watercourses and for the protection of development from hazardous conditions.

Development Permit Areas and Guidelines play a key role in implementing City policies as they provide design direction for the form and character of new development, can promote energy and water conservation, help to protect the natural environment and protect development from hazardous conditions. The guidelines that apply to your project depend on what you are building and where in the City it is being built.

Development Permit Guidelines

The City’s Development Permit Guidelines are divided into several sections:

  • Citywide Guidelines that apply to all types of development in all Development Permit Areas.
  • Building Type Guidelines that apply in addition to the Citywide Guidelines and address certain types of issues specific to different building types in all Development Permit Areas.  
  • Neighbourhood Specific Guidelines that apply to all development within a specific Development Permit Area.  These specific Development Permit Areas and Guidelines supplement the Citywide and Building Type Guidelines.
  • Environmental Guidelines that apply for the protection of the natural environment or for the protection of development from hazardous conditions and overlay the other guidelines.

More details and the full text of all the guidelines are found in Part 4 of the City’s Official Community Plan.

Duplex Development Permit Area

Guidelines specific to the development of duplexes have been established citywide.  If you are building a duplex in the City refer to the guidelines below.

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Most new buildings in the City of Coquitlam require a Development Permit. You should check to see if development on your property requires a Development Permit.