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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:

Also, a collection of frequently asked questions is listed under the Application Process pull down menu at the top or the headings to the left.

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:


To find out what a property is zoned, and information on zoning regulations, refer to this page:


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:


For building permit and inspection information and inquiries, review the following webpages: AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE (ALR)

For information on the use of ALR land, refer to this ALR page: