Development Applications

Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last Updated: Sept. 24, 2020 

With construction considered an essential service in B.C., the City of Coquitlam has introduced a number of temporary measures to help keep construction and housing projects on track while continuing to support public health.

In addition to the measures detailed below, the City offers a number of online eServices to support business transactions with the City.  

Planning and Development Service Updates

More Information

COVID-19 Temporary Measures

  1. Temporary Relaxing of Sign Rules
  2. Temporary Outdoor Business Spaces
  3. EPlan
  4. Development Applications
  5. Digital Submission & QFile File Transfer
  6. Courier Deliveries & Pick-up
  7. Payments

Relaxed Sign Rules to Support Businesses During COVID-19

Coquitlam has temporarily relaxed its sign regulations to help businesses more easily publicize key information related to the pandemic.

The temporary exemptions will mean businesses do not need to apply for a sign permit, pay fees or adhere to limits on the sign area (excluding sandwich board signs), time period and number of temporary signs that provide pandemic-related information such as:

  • Hours of operation, closures and reopenings;
  • Directional information to ensure physical distancing;
  • Best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as use of masks;
  • Changes of services or inventory; and
  • Phone numbers and website addresses.

The temporary signs may not be used to advertise products, services or pricing, and businesses are expected to keep the signs organized, maintained in a professional manner and installed safely. 

Sandwich boards must remain on the business property and are not permitted on sidewalks or other public rights-of-way unless approved through a formal sign application.

The temporary exemptions will be revisited at the end of 2021.

Development Application Process Review (DAPR)

The Development Application Process Review (DAPR) is a top-level priority in the annual business plan and supports the City’s strategic goal of Excellence in City Governance. With the aim of enhancing all aspects of the application process, the work has entailed a detailed review and update of workflows, steps, timelines, tools, standards and associated guidelines and policies. 

The DAPR efforts build on in-house expertise with best practices and industry feedback. This has included quarterly meetings between the City and Urban Development Institute, along with a four-session Developer Forum workshop series in 2019 and 2020/2021. Coquitlam also helped form Municipal Innovators Community - West, a network of public servants across Metro Vancouver that meets to share innovative process improvements, best practices and lessons learned. Coquitlam hosted the most recent virtual session held in June 2021.