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Application Process

When considering a development please check with a land-use planner to confirm whether the proposal meets regulatory requirements, or requires an application. Staff implement the policies of the Regional Board through regulations such as zoning and building inspection.


Development Services can assist you with:


Planning functions include:

General:

Current Planning:

Long Range Planning:

Building Inspection Zoning Official Community Planning
Bylaw Compliance Subdivisions
Plans & Guidelines 
Campground Guidelines
Climate Action Plan
Lakeshore Guidelines
Wind Energy Guidelines
Development Applications:
Official Community Plan
Zoning Amendment
Temporary Use Permit
Development Permit
Development Variance Permit
Board of Variance

 

Active Applications

The PRRD provides planning in the unincorporated areas of the Regional District. The map below contains all of the active applications in the regional district that the public is encouraged to provide input on.

Please select an individual application below to view details and submit your comment. Do you have questions about the development application process or how the PRRD can help you? Email: planning@prrd.bc.ca or contact a land-use planner.

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Building Inspection

Building inspections are conducted according to construction standards for public health and safety and involve site inspections throughout construction of a project.

There are full-time building inspectors for the Regional District in the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John offices. Before starting construction, please check with a building inspector regarding requirements. You can obtain a building permit via:
Phone: 250-784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773
Email: building.inspection@prrd.bc.ca

All residential construction requires a New Home Registration Form from BC Housing, Licensing and Consumer Services. This registration provides Home Warranty Insurance and can be obtained by the owner/builder or a Licensed Registered Builder.

Permits are required for all gas and electrical work being undertaken by homeowners and contractors. Please contact Technical Safety BC for applications and inquiries.

Contaminated Site Remediation

Effective February 1, 2021, the PRRD is mandated by the provincial government to participate in the site identification process. You can get more information about the process here.

Inspection Forms and Information:

Building Inspection Guide for Residential Construction
Building Permit Application
Landowner / Homeowner Consent Form
Building Inspection Checklist
Information Sheet and Checklist for Detached Garages and Small Buildings
Brochure for Decks
Information Sheet and Checklist for Decks
PRRD Building Bylaw No. 2131, 2014
Mandatory Building Permit Area Viewable Map (36×42)
Mandatory Building Permit Area Printable Map (11×17)
Energy Efficiency Compliance
Design Data for Selected PRRD Locations
Ventilation Checklist 1 – Forced Air Systems
Ventilation Checklist 2 – HRV Systems
Ventilation Checklist 3 – Distributed CRV Systems
Ventilation Checklist 4 – Exhaust Fan and Passive Inlets

How long will it take to process my application?

For residential applications, we strive to maintain a turn-around of ten (10) working days. You will be contacted as soon as your permit is ready. Payment is required at the time the permit is picked up.

Is a Development Permit required?

A Development Permit is required before any construction can commence or a building permit can be issued for those properties that are within any of the designated Development Permit areas of the PRRD. Contact the planning staff or follow this link to see if your property is within a Development Permit Area.

In order to assist us with expediting your application, the recommended steps are:

  • Make a preliminary inquiry about the land use regulations and feasibility of your proposal to the Regional District Building Department; call 250-784-3200 or 800-670-7773.
  • Complete the required application for a building permit
  • Application must include construction and site plan drawings
  • Construction plans must conform to the most recent edition of the BC Building Code.

Some additional forms that may be required (where applicable):

  • Licensing and Consumer Services authorization
  • Letters of Assurance, Schedules B-1 and B-2 (Found on the BC Codes website)
  • Notification of Installation for Plumbing Systems
  • Mechanical ventilation check list

The Building Inspector may issue a building permit subject to the following:

(1) All requirements for the application have been submitted; AND
(2) A satisfactory review of the application has been completed; AND
(3) The building permit fee and other applicable fees have been paid.

Building Permit Fees:

Fees payable for the issuance of a building permit are based on 1/2 of 1% of the estimated construction value, plumbing fees included. The minimum building permit fee is $100.

Additional fees:

Sewer permits and their associated fees may be required, click on the following links to see if you are within any of the PRRD community sewer boundary areas.

The Charlie Lake Development Cost Charge fee may apply to new construction within the Charlie Lake sewer boundary. Follow this link for more information on the Charlie Lake Development Cost Charge.

School Site Acquisition fee of $1,000 may apply to new residential construction within School District 60, Peace River North. For more information contact School District 60.

It is the owner’s responsibility to:

  • Carry out the work authorized by a permit in accordance with the requirements of the BC Building Code and the bylaws of the Peace River Regional District
  • Ensure that a building permit is obtained prior to commencing any construction
  • Ensure that requests for inspections are made with at least 48 hours notice
  • Ensure that all forms and applications have been completed in full and properly endorsed
  • Display a copy of the building permit where it may be visible upon entering the property

Personnel performing plumbing work must:

  • Possess a BC Tradesman’s qualifications certification as a plumber, OR
  • Be an indentured apprentice supervised by a BC Journeyman Plumber, OR
  • Be the registered owner and occupier of the single family dwelling provided that that building inspector has been provided with proof that the owner is able to satisfactorily complete the proposed work.

Please contact the Regional District to see if any of these additional fees apply to your building project.

For more information or to apply, contact the Dawson Creek office at 250 784-3200 [800 670-7773] or view the staff list for a direct number for the person you wish to contact.

Building a Dock?

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development permits docks within the Regional District. Find their regulations and other useful information here:
Designing Your Dock or Boat Launch, Requirements and Best Management Practices.

Bylaw Compliance

Most bylaw compliance issues are related to land use or building bylaw matters. The Peace River Regional District appreciates all feedback received from residents and take all concerns seriously. In an effort to ensure equality and fairness, we require all complaints to be in writing with a signature and includes your name and address.

When a concern is brought forward, the matter is investigated by staff. All efforts are made to resolve issues before the Regional Board is asked to consider enforcement action. Where an issue cannot be resolved, the Regional Board may seek legal remedies such as court orders.

Bylaw enforcement is complaint-based.

Regional District regulatory bylaws are found on our bylaw page.

If you observe a situation that you feel is not in keeping with Regional District regulations telephone a staff member to discuss the matter.

Peace River Regional District Bylaw Enforcement Policy

PRRD Complaint Form

For more information on Regulatory Agencies visit the resources tab.

Official Community Plans (OCP)

An Official Community Plan (OCP)

  • general statement of the broad objectives and policies
  • respecting the form and character of existing and proposed land use and servicing requirements
  • generally intended to apply for a period of five years, after which a review and possibly an update is undertaken.
  • does not commit or authorize any project noted in the plan, however, all bylaws enacted or works undertaken after the adoption of an OCP must be consistent with the plan.


Current Official Community Plans:

PRRD Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1940, 2011

This OCP comprises of the Rural Area of the Peace River Regional District. For example: Clayhurst, Prespatou, Pink Mountain, Farmington, Lone Prairie area. Please see maps.
Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1940, 2011

PRRD North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1870, 2009

This OCP comprises a portion of the rural area surrounding the City of Fort St John. For example: Charlie Lake, Baldonnel, District of Taylor Rural Area.
North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1870, 2009

PRRD South Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2048, 2012

This OCP comprises a portion of the rural area surrounding the City of Dawson Creek within the Peace River Regional District. For example: South Dawson, Bear Mountain, Pouce Coupe, Tupper area. Please see maps.
South Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2048, 2012 

PRRD West Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2312, 2018

This OCP comprises a portion of the rural area surrounding the District of Chetwynd within the Peace River Regional District. For example: Wabi Hill, Jackfish Lake and Moberly Lake area. Please see maps.
West Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2312, 2018 

Proposed Community Plans:

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Proposed OCPs

The North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan is the primary document the PRRD uses to make decisions for development in the area outside Fort St. John and Taylor, outlined in yellow on the map below.

Draft NPFA OCP

Draft NPFA OCP Text (new draft coming in Spring 2021)

Download & view NPFA OCP Maps


Public Engagement

The PRRD held three rounds of public engagement to help shape the new North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan. An overview of public engagement, summary of input received and the survey results can be found here.

One more round of public engagement for three specific topics relating to the North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan is planned:

  • Establishing a vision for South Taylor;
  • Reducing conflicts between industrial and residential uses south of Fort St. John; and
  • Considering more compact development in the Charlie Lake area.

Look for more information about how to get involved in Fall 2021.


Natural Hazards & Public Safety

Planning staff are also working on measures to guide development near known hazard areas in a way that prioritizes the safety of PRRD residents, property, and the environment.


Background Documents

Information Boards
Round 2 Consultation Summary

Round 1 Consultation Summary
Infrastructure Assessment
Transportation Network Plan
North Peace Economic Growth Impact Study

Plans & Guidelines

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Guidelines for Review of Large Industrial Dugouts and Borrow Pits on ALR Lands

The Regional District is periodically asked to review and provide comment on proposals for large industry use dugouts and borrow pits that occur on ALR lands. These large water containment facilities are being developed in northeast BC to collect and store water for the fraccing process when drilling for natural gas.  These guidelines have been developed with advice from the PRRD Agriculture Advisory Committee, and are intended to provide base considerations for staff and Directors when reviewing ALR non-farm use applications for Large Industrial Dugouts and Borrow Pits on ALR Lands. PRRD Guidelines for Review of Large Industrial Dugouts

Campground Guidelines

These Guidelines have been established in order to assist campground operators  in  the  general  development  and  operation  of  campgrounds within  the  Peace  River  Regional  District  (PRRD)  Electoral  Areas  only.  These Guidelines do not apply to campgrounds within municipalities.   This document includes information on best practices regarding health and  safety,  fire  protection,  and  campground  development  and operations.  These  guidelines  are  not  intended  to  be  used  for  mobile home parks, hotels, motels, marinas, or work camps. It is the responsibility of campground owners and operators to comply with  any  relevant  Regional,  Provincial  or  Federal  legislation.  Contact information for these agencies has also been provided. Campground Guidelines

Climate Action & Community Energy Plan

As a signatory to the B.C. Climate Action Charter, and to address legislated requirements under the Local Government Act, the PRRD and its member municipalities adopted Community and Corporate Energy Plans. These plans measured greenhouse gas emissions, identified opportunities to improve energy efficiencies and reduce emissions, and established 20 year reduction targets.

PRRD Community Energy Plan
PRRD Corporate Energy Plan
PRRD Collaboration Opportunities

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program equivalent to 100% of the carbon taxes paid by Climate Action Charter signatories. This funding supports local governments in their efforts to reduce GHG emissions and move forward on achieving their Charter goals. To be eligible for the conditional grant, local governments must report publicly on their plan and progress toward meeting their climate action goals each year. Climate Action Revenue Incentive Report: 2011 – 2012 – 20132014 – 201520172018

Lakeshore Development Guidelines

The PRRD Lakeshore Development Guidelines is a policy document that prepared in response to growing pressures for development around lakeshore areas in the region. The policies and guidelines are relevant to development within 300 metres of the high water mark of a lake. The general intent of the document is threefold:
1. To provide the public with important educational and background information on lakeshore ecological and development issues;
2. To provide developers with valuable conservation guidelines which can be used for construction projects in proximity to lakeshore areas, streams and ecologically sensitive areas; and
3. To provide the Board of the Peace River Regional District and Development Services Staff with development policies and conservation guidelines for specific lakes in the region, in order to assist in the decision making process for future development proposals.
Lakeshore Development Guidelines (895 KB)

Wind Energy Project Application Guidelines

The purpose of these Application Guidelines is to assist the Regional Board in assessing Wind Energy Generation Project proposals within Electoral Areas. Wind Energy Generation Project Application Guidelines

Subdivisions

What should I do before I subdivide?

Before spending time and money on a subdivision application, it is highly recommended that you check with the Peace River Regional District to see if your property is affected by any of the following:

Specific applications may be required, and depending on your circumstances, you may wish to proceed with them prior to making a formal provincial subdivision application.

The School Site Acquisition fee of $1,000.00 per new residential lot applies to residential subdivisions within School District 60, Peace River North. For more information contact School District 60.

Where do I apply to subdivide?

If your property is not affected by any points mentioned above. You can apply to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI). Please visit Rural Subdivision Approvals for more information.

What constitutes a subdivision?

Subdivision includes:

  • the division of land into two or more parcels
  • the amalgamation (consolidation) of two or more parcels into one

Need More Info?

Download the Guide to Subdivision Procedures Brochure

Zoning Amendment

When considering a development please check with a land-use planner to confirm whether the proposal meets regulatory requirements, or requires an application.

Wind Energy Generation Project Application Guidelines

Note: Online copies of the bylaws are NOT legal versions of the bylaws and are courtesy copies only. They may not include recent amendments.

Contaminated Site Remediation

Effective February 1, 2021, the Peace River Regional District will be implementing the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s site identification process in the region. You can get more information about the process here.

If you are submitting an application for rezoning, development permit or a building permit, you must fill out the Contaminated Site Declaration form.

If you answer yes (by selecting second option on the Declaration form), please contact the planning staff who will ask you to fill out the Site Disclosure Statement.

Current Zoning Bylaws are:

PRRD Zoning Bylaw No. 1343, 2001

This zoning bylaw comprises of the immediate area around Dawson Creek, Fort St John and Chetwynd
Peace River Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 1343, 2001

PRRD Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 1996

This zoning bylaw comprises portions of the land North of the Peace River. For example: Pink Mountain, Rose Prairie, Halfway, Prespatou, & Buick Creek. Please see maps.
Peace River Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 1996

Dawson Creek Rural Zoning Bylaw No. 479, 1986

This zoning bylaw comprises portions of the Rural South Peace Area within the Peace River Regional District. For example: Farmington, Arras, Progress, Rolla and One Island Lake. Please see maps.
Dawson Creek Rural Area Zoning Bylaw No. 479, 1986

Chetwynd Rural Zoning Bylaw No. 506, 1986

This zoning bylaw comprises portions of the Rural West Peace Area within the Peace River Regional District. For example: Wabi Hill, Jackfish Lake, Hasler Flats and East Pine. Please see maps.
Chetwynd Rural Area Zoning Bylaw No. 506, 1986 

Contact

PRRD Planning Department
P: (250) 784-3200
TF: 1-800-670-7773
E: planning@prrd.bc.ca