Planning & Development

Planning and Development is responsible for creating a wide range of land-use plans and strategies for guiding the community’s growth. They are also responsible for processing applications for proposed land-use changes, development permits, site preparation, subdivisions and building permits. Organized into four divisions, the department helps steer and advise on development in Coquitlam from the broad Official Community Plan policy level and framework (Community Planning Division), to processing OCP amendment, rezoning, development and development variance permit and subdivision applications through conformance with the City’s plans and bylaws (Development Services Division), and, finally, to building permit application review and inspection (Building Permits Division).

Guided by Council’s vision, staff works with the public, the private sector and a range of stakeholders and other levels of government to ensure that the City’s planning and development reflects the community’s needs and aspirations and is consistent with local, regional, provincial and federal legislation, bylaws, plans and projects.

Coquitlam’s Citywide Official Community Plan (OCP) includes policies and plans at a general level for the whole City, as well as individual Area and Neighbourhood plans. By following these plans and policies, Coquitlam can manage growth and change appropriately, to ensure that residents and businesses will have the amenities and infrastructure necessary for a safe and desirable community life.

A fourth division, the Business Services Team, was recently added to the department to coordinate strategic planning and undertake business improvements to streamline and make the full range of application processes more efficient and effective.

In addition, the department recently added the Economic Development, Tourism & Film division to its section.

Economic Development, Tourism & Film

This division is responsible for delivering the City’s Economic Action Plan and Tourism, Technology and Film strategies, which increase the economic vitality of Coquitlam by working closely with the local business community and various partners to increase employment opportunities, market the city, and attract investors, tourists and film productions. This division also manages the Coquitlam Business Connects Program, a business outreach program that focuses on keeping businesses in Coquitlam, while helping them grow and succeed.

Planning & Development

General Manager - Jim McIntyre
Phone: 604-927-3400

Development Inquiries
Phone: 604-927-3430

Building Permit Inquiries 
Phone: 604-927-3441