Development Permits

Development Permits include special development guidelines for areas where the City of Fernie seeks to meet specific objectives. Permitting may be required in areas designated for:

  • Protection of the natural environment, its ecosystems and its biological diversity;
  • Protection of development from hazardous conditions;
  • Revitalization of an areas in which a commercial used is permitted; or
  • Establishment of objectives and the provisions of guidelines for the form and character of commercial, industrials, intensive residential or multiple family residential development.

Seven Development Permit Areas are designated in the Official Community Plan, as outlined in Schedules I to P. The Official Community Plan provides further guidelines on form and character in OCP Schedule R: Building Design Guidelines. The design guidelines provide more in-depth guidelines for the Historic Downtown Core, Highway Corridor, Service Commercial, Light Industrial and Multiple Family Residential development Permit areas.

Application Process

If your project requires a Development Permit, please complete an application form and return it to City Hall with the application submission package [PDF - 35 KB]. The Development Permit fee schedule can be located on page 2 of the application form.

Development Permit applications are reviewed by applicable civic departments and may also be referred to external agencies for review. A meeting of the Council-appointed Advisory Planning Commission (APC) is scheduled to review the development proposal and recommends their approval prior to permit issuance.