In Parkland County, a development agreement may be included as a condition of subdivision approval or a development permit. Authorized under the Municipal Government Act, a development agreement is a legal document that forms a binding contract between the Council of Parkland County and a developer.

If you are planning to submit a subdivision or development permit application with the County, we will communicate if you are required to enter into a development agreement when you have your pre-consultation meeting with a County planner. If you have any questions around development agreements, please contact us by phone at 780-968-8888 or by email at

When is a development agreement required and what is included?

Development agreements are typically required for applications that will include infrastructure projects, both on-site and off-site and may include (but are not limited to) the terms surrounding the construction of roads, sanitary and potable water piped servicing, and stormwater management.

A development agreement may also formalize the requirements for off-site levy payments, as well as any recoveries owing to other developers. All levies, fees, securities and recoveries are payable at the time of execution of the development agreement.

Apply for a development agreement

You can apply for a development agreement using our online planning application tool PLANit Parkland. With PLANit Help, you can find step-by-step instructions, videos and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you navigate PLANit Parkland.

Development agreement terms

The terms of each development agreement are determined on a project-by-project basis based on the detailed engineering documents and drawings. Technical submission requirements for a development agreement may include any or all of the following terms:

  • Detailed design drawings, signed and sealed by a professional engineer licensed to practice in the province of Alberta
  • The current certified true copies (originals) of all certificate of titles within the development area
  • Full-size printed sets of the Tentative Plan of Survey (folded to 8.5- x 11-inch size)
  • Construction specifications
  • Anticipated schedule for construction activities
  • Construction cost estimates
  • Itemized list of expected cost recoveries, complete with cost breakdown
  • A letter, certified by a professional engineer, confirming that all information previously submitted as part of the application is still up-to-date and accurate
  • All documents, drawings and other information requested by Parkland County