Planning & Development

Planning & Development

2nd Floor, located at 5101-50 Street
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (Open between 12pm & 1pm) (Closed Statutory Holidays)

For information on public notices or public hearings related to Planning & Development, please follow this link.

Planning & Development manages land use in the Town of St. Paul, including long-range planning and forecasting, reviewing development permits, subdivision applications, formulating land use plans and policies and conducting public consultation on proposed land use changes.

Planning in the Town of St. Paul (like all Alberta communities) is guided by a number of statutory documents.  All planning activities must conform with the regulations outlined in these planning documents.  Legislated planning documents including the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), the Land Use Bylaw (LUB), the Area Structure Plans (ASP), and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDP).

Development Permits
A development permit is required for most forms of development within the Town. The Land Use Bylaw outlines the types of development allowed in each land use district and the rules and regulations governing those uses.  Not all proposed developments requires a development permit. Smaller sheds, fences and decks may not require a development permit. It is best to confirm with Planning & Development whether you need a permit for the development you are considering.    For a development permit application, please follow this link.  For the schedule of fees, please follow this link.


How long does it take to get a development permit?
It is important to plan ahead and submit your application well in advance of starting the development.  According to the Municipal Government Act, the Development Authority has 40 days in which to make a decision on a completed development permit application.  The 40 days begins after all the necessary information has been provided.  If a proposed development falls in the Permitted Uses classification, a Development Permit can be issued within the 40 day time limit.  Although, if your proposed development falls into the Discretionary Use classification or if a variance is being requested according to the Land Use Bylaw, approximately 2-4 months may be required to go through the permitting process (including the appeal period).

Any new home constructed after February 1, 2014, must comply with the New Home Warranty standards.

Subdivision is the process of dividing land into smaller parcels. A proposal might be as simple as subdividing one lot into two lots, but more often proposes a large number of new lots and roads in a developing neighbourhood. All subdivisions must follow the Town's Municipal Servicing standards.  On October 29, 2018, Council appointed themselves as the Subdivision Authority for the Town of St. Paul.  Individuals are encouraged to meet with the Town of St. Paul Planning & Development department prior to submitting an application by contacting 780-645-1766.    All forms can be found here for Planning & Development.  

Safety Codes Permits
The Town of St. Paul is accredited by the Safety Codes Council.  We are pleased to announce that as of April 1, 2018, The Inspections Group Inc. will provide our permit issuance and inspection services for the Town of St. Paul. 

Permits and Compliance Reference Book

All permit forms and fee schedule can be found here.

If you would like to pay the safety codes permits by credit card, the form to be submitted with your application can be found here.

For quicker service, please send in your permit applications directly to the Cold Lake Office for permit issuance at:

Jamie Machatis, Permits Coordinator |
110, 4910 50 Avenue | Cold Lake, Alberta, T9M 0G1
Phone: (780) 594-4301 | Toll-Free: (888) 853-6411 |
Fax: (780) 594-3720 | Toll-Free Fax: (844) 750-3721

The Safety Codes Officers (SCO) that are appointed to the Town of St. Paul are:

Dale Vallee, Electrical SCO | Ph. 780-573-1837 |
Joe Ross, Building SCO | Ph. 780-221-5056 |
Shayden Anderson, Plumbing/Gas SCO | Ph. 780-207-6410 |

**Please do not hesitate to call the SCO's for code information prior to applying for a permit or starting construction.  

To request an inspection, please see this link or call 1-888-853-6411.

Safety tips brochures can be found here

To obtain information on the upcoming changes effective December 1, 2017 for Residential Builders Licensing Program, please see this link.


Compliance Certificates
A Certificate of Compliance stamp on a Real Property Report is a confirmation that the location of the building(s) on the property complies with the requirements of the current Land Use Bylaw. This is a service provided by the Town of St. Paul in response to a request (typically a requirement of a real estate transaction), and is not a requirement of the Town of St. Paul.  A Real Property Report (RPR) is a legal document that clearly illustrates the location of significant visible improvements relative to property boundaries. Written requests together with the fee of $125.00 and 2 original RPR's can be submitted to Planning & Development for review and consideration.  Please note that one original RPR will be retained by the Town for our records.  Please allow up to 10 business days for issuance of a Compliance Certificate.  See this link for a copy of the policy and request form.

Rezoning or Redistricting
Rezoning or redistricting is required if you wish to develop your site in a manner that is not allowed by the current zoning.  Zoning changes are subject to Council approval by bylaw.  The Municipal Government Act requires that Town Council hold a public hearing for all rezoning bylaws in accordance with Section 230 and 606.  At times, an Area Structure Plan must be submitted in order for a rezoning to occur.  The MDP is the primary long range planning document that establishes a future vision for the Town of St. Paul and guides overall growth and development for the Town.  For a Planning & Land Use Application, please follow this link.

The MDP outlines when an Area Structure Plan is required.  Section 3.4:  Issue D: Logical and Planned Development - 3.4.2 Policies states:  "a. The Town shall require the preparation and adoption of Area Structure Plans for all new development areas prior to consideration of any rezoning, subdivision, or development projects within the Town."

Developing a property can be complex, it is recommended that you book an appointment with Planning & Development to review your proposed development prior to submitting an application. 

Questions?  Please contact:

Aline Brousseau, Director of Planning and Legislative Services | Ph. 780-645-1766
Jim Laidley, Planning & Legislative Services Officer II | Ph. 780-645-1762
Christine Warkentin, Planning & Legislative Officer I | Ph. 780-645-4481 ext. 2153

house  subdivision