Development Applications

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Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 services to support business transactions with the City. See also our Services for Business page for information on additional business supports.

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  • Temporary Outdoor Business Spaces

  • Temporary Noise Bylaw Extension

  • Building Permits

  • Building Inspections

  • EPlan

  • Development Applications

  • Digital Submissions and QFile Online File Transfer

  • Deliveries for Hard Copy Drawings, Documents and Payments

  • Payments

  • Contacting Planning & Development


The pre-application process provides a preliminary review for a subsequent, more detailed development application, including a Development Permit, Rezoning or Official Community Plan Amendment.

Development Permits

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

Development Variance Permits

Development Variance Permits are permits authorized by City Council to allow variances to certain requirements of the City’s Zoning Bylaw, Sign Bylaw, or Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw.

Official Community Plan Amendments

The City's Citywide Official Community Plan (OCP) is a comprehensive plan to guide future land use and address related needs for amenities, services, and infrastructure support.

Rezoning & Zoning Bylaw Text Amendments

The City's Zoning Bylaw implements the City's Official Community Plan by regulating land use and the general form and siting of development.

Sign Permits

Anyone intending to place a sign on the exterior of any building or structure, or on any property in the City, must make an application and obtain approval from the Planning and Development Department for a Sign Permit, prior to installation.


A subdivision of land can create two or more lots out of one lot, adjust an existing property (lot) line, or consolidate two or more lots into one.

Temporary Use Permits

A Temporary Use Permit allows a use of land, on a temporary basis, not otherwise permitted in the City’s Zoning Bylaw.

Heritage Revitalization Agreement

A Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) is authorized by City Council, through a bylaw, to protect a heritage building or property.

Development Application Signs

All applicants pursuing Development Applications involving one or more of the following application types are required to install a development proposal sign on the development site.

Fees & Charges

Fees and charges are the costs associated with developing land, including but not limited to Development Cost Charges, purchasing City plan documents, licences and permits.