Development Permits

Development Permit Areas are designated in Coquitlam for one or more of the following purposes:

  • The form and character of development, specficially:
    • intensive residential (duplexes, tri-plexes, fourplexes),
    • multi-family (townhouses, rowhouses, apartment)
    • commercial, and
    • industrial development;
  • Protection of watercourse areas; and
  • Protection of development from hazardous conditions (i.e., steep slopes).

Form and Character Development Permits

Form and character development permits typically review proposed developments for exterior building design, landscaping, siting/placement of buildings and parking, and building finishes and colours.

Development Permit Areas have been established in several areas of the City under the Citywide Official Community Plan.

Owners of land within a Development Permit Area are required to obtain a Development Permit prior to subdividing land, constructing or adding to a building or structure. Single-family dwellings do not require a form and character development permit.

Watercourse Development Permits

Watercourse Development Permit Areas have been established within:

  • Northeast Coquitlam for all areas within 50 meters of the top of bank of any watercourse,  and
  • Burquitlam-Lougheed and Austin Heights in Southwest Coquitlam within 30 metres of the high water mark or top of bank of a watercourse.
  • Maillardville in Southwest Coquitlam within 30 meters of the high water mark or top of bank of a watercourse.  

A Watercourse Development Permit is required prior to developing, subdividing, constructing or altering land within the Watercourse Development Permit Area.

Development Permit Amendments

Any change to an authorized Development Permit requires a Development Permit amendment.

Development Application Signs

All Applicants pursuing Development Applications are required to install a development proposal sign on the development site.  For more information please visit Development Application Signs.

Public Information Meetings

From time to time, developers host public information meetings at the request of the Planning & Development Department or on their own initiative. The main purpose of a public information meeting is to provide information about a proposed complex development project to the residents in the area and to obtain feedback so that issues and concerns can be identified and addressed early in the development application  process. When holding public information meetings, the proponents should observe and comply with the following guideline document.


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Development Permit Areas
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Legal Description of Property
Appointment of Agent for Development Planning Applications
Good Neighbour Construction

Planning & Development Department

Email: planninganddevelopment@coquitlam.ca
Phone: 604-927-3430