The types of development applications required depend on the scale of the work and change proposed. The City's How Development Happens (PDF) handout provides an example of how the development process happens in Coquitlam.
If you are interested in exploring the current Development Applications around Coquitlam, please view our Development Information Portal. If you are looking to submit a Development Application to the City of Coquitlam, please use our Development Application Portal.
Though there are numerous types of development applications, the City of Coquitlam generally processes them concurrently as part of a combined project. Note that a Pre-Application is required prior to submitting a full application.
To help understand what fees are required and when, as well as the entire application process as a whole, please review our Application Process and Revenue Intake timeline document. (PDF) This graphic shows what fees are associated with the various stages of the application process and when they are due.
The City of Coquitlam has launched its online Development Application Portal, making it easier to submit development applications.
During the initial phase, the portal will allow the user to submit development applications and pay fees related to those applications with their credit cards. The next phase will expand to renewing business licences and submitting building permits.
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Submit new development applications through the City’s Development Application Portal. Once you’ve created an account, you will be able to apply for new development applications, including rezonings, development permits, and subdivisions. Users will also be able to monitor active applications and submit required documents using the portal.
The registered user who created the application is the only account that can make changes and upload files. Members who the registered user has added as members have view only access. If the project will be managed by more than one individual (ie. Architect, Engineer, Consultant Group), please consider creating a centralized account using a common email that can be accessed by all groups.
If you’re unable to complete the application process all at once, you can save your progress and return to complete the application.
Additional information to help with your application is included in the Development Application Information Guide (PDF).
All resubmissions can be made through the Development Application Portal. If your initial application was made using Qfile or in person, and you have not registered for the portal, you will need to create an account. Please ensure that the email you used to create your account is the same as the one provided on the application form. Your email will also link your historic applications to your portal account.
When delivering or dropping off any letters or drawings to the Planning and Development Department, please clearly indicate on the front of the item:
City Hall is currently open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on all Statutory Holidays.
If you have items for drop-off you may come to City Hall. If you plan to drop off items after hours, you may use the City Hall drop box in the ground level parkade off of Burlington Drive. However, this drop box is only for small items.
City Hall is currently open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on all Statutory Holidays. Please ensure the person sent for pickup has a staff name as a reference for contact, an address for the property involved and / or project number.
All cheques must be sent to Development Planning. Cheques sent directly to Financial Services will not be processed and may delay project intake. Print a copy of the invoice provided to you by staff with a cheque payable to City of Coquitlam and mailed to:
Attention: Development Planning
Coquitlam City Hall, Development Services
3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam BC V3B 7N2
Another option is to pay in person at the Finance front counter at City Hall. They accept all forms of payment. Acquire the invoice from the Development Planning counter prior to paying and return a copy of the paid invoice to Development Planning so that your project intake may continue.
The DAPR program is focused on streamlining processes, increasing the use of automation and enhancing customer service throughout the development and building permit review and approvals processes. Since the launch of this program in 2018, a number of notable achievements have been made to streamline the development application and review process and to reduce approval timelines. For more information on past achievements and upcoming DAPR initiatives visit coquitlam.ca/DAPR