Planning & Development

Planning & Development Resources

The ACRD's Planning and Development Department is often the first point of contact for property owners, buyers, and developers with land use and building questions regarding zoning, subdivision, building permits, crown leases or Regional District bylaws.

If you have questions about where on a property a building can be constructed, or what types of buildings or uses are allowed, the Planning and Building team can answer your questions. The department provides zoning, land use, and building services in all six ACRD Electoral Areas (EAs) (download PDF map of EAs HERE).

Note that many enquiries concern matters where the Regional District has no jurisdiction and you may need to consult another government office. Refer to this contact page for more information: www.acrd.bc.ca/contactplanning

Also, a series of guides are available on the Application Process and Guides page that provide information on the application and permit process for different types of development.

Property Development & Building Information

To find information related to a property (zoning, setbacks, land use, Development Permits Areas, etc.), or building construction, please review the following information before contacting the Planning and Development Department as we are experiencing higher than normal call and email volumes: www.acrd.bc.ca/contactplanning


To find out what a property is zoned, and information on zoning regulations, refer to this page: www.acrd.bc.ca/zoning-bylaw


To find out what a property's land use designation is, or if the property is within a Development Permit Area (DPA) in the electoral area OCP, refer to this OCP page: www.acrd.bc.ca/ocp


For building permit and inspection information and inquiries, refer to this Building Permits and Inspection page: www.acrd.bc.ca/building


For information on the use of ALR land, refer to this Application Process page: www.acrd.bc.ca/process