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The open spaces of the County allow residents a tremendous amount of freedom; however, there are a number of land use regulations in place to ensure residents are protected and able to enjoy a good quality of life.
Click here for flowcharts outlining the planning/property development process.
Do you need an amendment to a statutory document? Access the Statutory Plan Amendment Form HERE (PDF).
- Before purchasing property, developing or undertaking any works in Parkland County, it is important to check the following:
- Become aware of policies for existing and future land uses as established in the Municipal Development Plan.
- Verify the Land Use District (zoning) of the parcel with Parkland County to ensure your project conforms to County regulations.
- Many subdivisions and developments have additional restrictions and guidelines (known as Restricted Covenants) that may limit the size, location and design of buildings, as well as use of the parcel. Obtain and research an up-to-date copy of the title from Alberta Land Titles or any Alberta Registries office.
- Consider having the property surveyed by an Alberta land surveyor to ensure the property plan and property lines are accurate. Fences do not necessarily reflect property lines.
- Find out about water supply on the property (i.e. well, cistern). You may wish to have a soil test conducted before development or construction occurs.
- Inquire about required Safety Code permits.
- Permission is also required when moving or widening approaches already constructed.
- Before you construct a new access or approach, or make improvements to an existing approach, check with the County to ensure it is constructed in an approved location and that the necessary permit has been obtained.
Residents often need to put in new fence posts, plant a tree or build a retaining wall. Remember to call before you dig (1-800-242-3447).
Do you need a permit?
Whether you are considering developing property, including lot grading and filling, renovating, or operating a home business, the permitting process helps assure your proposed project meets County bylaws, statutory plans, provincial codes and standards and the expectations of neighbours.
- Applicants are encouraged to have a pre-application meeting with the Planning and Development Services department to discuss land use, development restrictions and permitting requirements.
- Obtain the necessary development, building, electrical, plumbing, gas or private sewage permit before beginning construction. There are penalties if you proceed prior to obtaining proper permits.
- Contact Parkland County to find out whether permits may be needed from other agencies.
If you need further information, contact Planning and Development Services at 780-968-8443.