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Development Permits
To construct a new building, renovate an existing building or change the use (or intensity of use) of a property, you need a development permit.

Development Permits
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Development Process and Fees
Review the Development Process and how it relates to your project and see a list of Development Fees.

Approval
The approving authority for development permits is either the Development Officer or the Municipal Planning Commission, depending on the scale and sensitivity of the proposed development. The applicant is required to post a notification sign on the site that is the subject of the application. Notification of Requirements for Development Permit Applications (PDF)

Appeals
Decisions on development permits may be appealed to the Development Appeal Board. Appeals must be made in writing within 14 days of an issuance of a decision, or in the case of a subdivision, within 30 calendar days. Other conditions apply.
Appeal Application Form & Guidelines (PDF) 

Construction Waste
All developments – minor or major – must appropriately manage and dispose of construction waste. The Town of Banff has partnered with the Bow Valley Waste Commission to create financial incentives to encourage developers to properly manage reusable waste materials. For more information, please consult Your How-to Guide for Construction Waste Management (PDF) 

Home Occupations and Bed & Breakfasts
Development Permits must be renewed every year for Home Occupations (home-based businesses) and every two years for Bed & Breakfast operations. This is to ensure operators remain in compliance with the regulations in the Land Use Bylaw and the original conditions of approval, without adversely affecting neighbours.

If you are a permit holder your renewal notices and forms will be mailed to you. If you have not received your renewal notice, please contact Planning and Development as soon as possible.
If you are a neighbouring property owner with concerns regarding an adjacent home occupation or bed and breakfast operation, please submit your comments or concerns in writing to:

Town of Banff
Planning & Development
110 Bear Street, Box 1260
Banff AB, T1L 1A1

When a Permit is Not Required
Development permits are not required for routine maintenance and repair work, mechanical and electrical work, or repainting a building or sign to the same colour or finish. Contact the Planning & Development department to confirm whether you need a development permit.

Common Permits
View a list of the Town of Banff's Common Business Licenses & Development Permits and download associated forms or applications.

Contact
Planning & Development
403.762.1215

Development Fees
Residential

New Construction 







Single detached housing

Duplex housing 

Multi-unit residential housing (3 or more dwelling units)


Accessory building
$1025.00

$1175.00

$1200.00 +
$110.00/dwelling

$250.00
Additions and Renovations involving an increase in gross floor area
$350.00 + $1.10/m2 
Interior and/or Exterior Renovations involving no increase in gross floor area
$350.00 
Accessory Development –decks, porches, balconies, fences, retaining walls, and 
significant landscaping 
$200.00 

Accessory Dwelling
$550.00
Variances (except on existing development where a variance is granted to a non-conforming building in which case there is no charge)
$275.00/variance
Municipal Planning 
Commission Surcharge

Single Detached and Duplex Housing

Multi-unit Housing
$125.00

$375.00

Residential Business

Bed and Breakfast Homes
$350.00+
$100.00/guest 
room
Bed and Breakfast Renewals
$150.00
Home Occupations (Type I and Type II)
$150.00
Home Occupation Annual Renewals 50% of
current fee
Municipal Planning Commission Surcharge (original application only – no surcharge for renewals)
$125.00 
Late Application Fee (failure to file the application prior to the permit renewal deadline $75.00

Commercial

New Development, 
Additions or Renovations 
involving an increase in gross 
floor area





0 – 46 m2



>46 m2 – 465 m2



>465 m2

$1250.00+ $1.10/m2
gross floor area

$1650.00+ $1.10/m2
gross floor area

$2500.00+ $1.10/m2
gross floor area
Interior and/or Exterior Renovations involving no increase in gross floor area 
$1250.00
Accessory Building
$500.00 
Transportation Services 
$1100.00 + 
$35.00/vehicle
Municipal Planning 
Commission Surcharge

New development

Renovations and minor additions

$650.00

$375.00

Variances (except on existing development where a variance is granted to a non-conforming building in which case there is no charge)
 $750.00/variance 

Commercial Growth Management Development Applications
$500.00 
Commercial Development Allotment Transfer
 $1400.00
Change of Use Permitted use

Discretionary use
$1200.00

$1400.00

Institutional (PB, PE, PP, PS Districts)

New Construction 
$1650.00+ $1.10/m2
Additions and Renovations involving an increase in gross floor area
$1250.00+ $1.10/m2
Interior and/or Exterior Renovations involving no increase in gross floor area
$550.00
Variances (except on existing development where a variance is granted to a non-conforming building in which case there is no charge)
$500.00/variance

Accessory Building
$400.00
Municipal Planning 
Commission Surcharge

New development

Additions and renovations
$375.00

$225.00

Sign Permits

Comprehensive Sign Plan (for new buildings or coordination of multiple signs on an existing property)
$675.00 + $35.00/sign
Signs                                        
Wall, window, hanging, projecting, menu box, directory

Canopy or Awning

Freestanding (Bed & Breakfast)

Freestanding (Commercial & Institutional)

Temporary
$150.00/sign

$138.00/sign

$275.00/sign

$500.00/sign

$100.00/sign
Inspection Fee (for any sign installed without a permit)
Double original permit fee
Municipal Planning Commission Surcharge
$125.00

Subdivision (including condominium plans)

Residential




Up to 10 lots/units

11 or more lots/units
  $2400.00+ $220.00/lot or unit

$2400.00+ $165.00/lot or unit
Commercial or Institutional Subdivisions
$2500.00+ $220.00/lot or unit
Road/Thoroughfare Closure
$1850.00+ advertising costs
Land Appraisal Surcharge (where required) Cost

Subdivision Endorsement (final approval)

Residential

  $495.00 + $75.00/lot
Commercial
$605.00 + $75.00/lot
Other $495.00 + $75.00/lot
Bareland Condominium $275.00/unit
Condominium
$138.00/unit

Area Plans
Area Structure Plans
  $5,500.00 + advertising costs
Area Redevelopment Plans $5,500.00 + advertising costs

Bylaw Amendment Fees
Amend Area Structure Plan or Area Redevelopment Plan
$3500.00+ advertising costs
Amend Municipal Development Plan
$7500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Bylaw Minor Technical Amendments (no change in use or density)
$1700.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Bylaw Major Amendments (change in use or density)
$3500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Re-designation (Residential/Institutional) $3500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Re-designation (Commercial)
$7500.00+ advertising costs

General/Other Applications

Address Assignment (new or change) - residential, commercial, or institutional
$75.00/ unit
Confirmation of Land Use
$110.00
Legal Agreement Surcharge (e.g. Development Agreement, Encroachment Agreement, Restrictive Covenant)
$450.00/agreement
Preliminary Determination of Use
$550.00

Revised Plans (minor revisions requested after decision has been rendered – the revision cannot change the overall intent of the development)
50% of current fee (as part of active
application)
Special Function Tents
$250.00
Surfacing Parking Lots
$1650.00 +
$35.00/vehicle
Demolition
$1250.00
Excavation/Stripping/Grading
$850.00
Utility Projects (including the placement of private telephone lines, gas lines, power lines and similar
$750.00
Tree Cutting (no fee for trees deemed hazardous by the Development Officer)
$25.00 for the first tree
& $15.00 for each
additional tree
Development Permit Notification Sign (small)
$20.00


Subdivision Endorsement (final approval)

Residential

  $495.00 + $75.00/lot
Commercial
$605.00 + $75.00/lot
Other $495.00 + $75.00/lot
Bareland Condominium $275.00/unit
Condominium
$138.00/unit

Subdivision (including condominium plans)

Residential




Up to 10 lots/units

11 or more lots/units
  $2400.00+ $220.00/lot or unit

$2400.00+ $165.00/lot or unit
Commercial or Institutional Subdivisions 
$2500.00+ $220.00/lot or unit
Road/Thoroughfare Closure
$1850.00+ advertising costs
Land Appraisal Surcharge (where required) Cost

Subdivision (including condominium plans)

Residential




Up to 10 lots/units

11 or more lots/units
  $2400.00+ $220.00/lot or unit

$2400.00+ $165.00/lot or unit
Commercial or Institutional Subdivisions 
$2500.00+ $220.00/lot or unit
Road/Thoroughfare Closure
$1850.00+ advertising costs
Land Appraisal Surcharge (where required) Cost
Sign Permits

Comprehensive Sign Plan (for new buildings or coordination of multiple signs on an existing property)
$675.00 + $35.00/sign
Signs                                        
Wall, window, hanging, projecting, menu box, directory

Canopy or Awning 

Freestanding (Bed & Breakfast) 

Freestanding (Commercial & Institutional) 

Temporary
$150.00/sign

$138.00/sign 

$275.00/sign

$500.00/sign

$100.00/sign
Inspection Fee (for any sign installed without a permit)
Double original permit fee
Municipal Planning Commission Surcharge
$125.00


Bylaw Amendment Fees 
Amend Area Structure Plan or Area Redevelopment Plan
$3500.00+ advertising costs 
Amend Municipal Development Plan
$7500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Bylaw Minor Technical Amendments (no change in use or density)
$1700.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Bylaw Major Amendments (change in use or density)
$3500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Re-designation (Residential/Institutional) $3500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Re-designation (Commercial) 
$7500.00+ advertising costs

Bylaw Amendment Fees 
Amend Area Structure Plan or Area Redevelopment Plan
$3500.00+ advertising costs 
Amend Municipal Development Plan
$7500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Bylaw Minor Technical Amendments (no change in use or density)
$1700.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Bylaw Major Amendments (change in use or density)
$3500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Re-designation (Residential/Institutional) $3500.00+ advertising costs
Land Use Re-designation (Commercial) 
$7500.00+ advertising costs

Compliance Certificates
Single detached and duplex housing
  $135.00
Multi-unit housing (3 or more units) $300.00
Commercial/Institutional
$300.00
Professional Costs for third party review on behalf of the Town of Banff
(e.g. review of applications by lawyers, engineers, architects, or social scientists)
These costs are typically incurred for large or complex projects.
Applicants are
responsible for the cost
of any professional fees
and costs incurred by
the Town with the
review of applications.

File/Research Fees
Administrative Assistant
  $40.00/hr
Planner $60.00/hr
Producing Permit/Document Copies (provide paper copies of permits or
other specific documents from either microfiche or image database
$25.00/1-3 paper copies
$5.00/additional copy

Other Fees
Development & Subdivision Appeals
  $100.00
Extension and Renewals (for an extension of the period of a
development permit application which has become void)
$500.00
Renewal of Development Permit issued with specified time limitations
where the conditions of approval have not changed
$75% of the fee
Refund Policy
(a) 90% if withdrawn
prior to
commencement of
circulation
(b)Non-refundable
once circulation has
commenced.
Download a list of Development Fees (PDF)