Application Forms and Guides
- Building Permit
City of Revelstoke Building Permits are granted in accordance with City Bylaws and the British Columbia Building Code. Building Inspectors deal primarily with the regulation and inspection of new construction and renovations, alterations, additions and changes in occupancy of existing buildings.
Online versions of the BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes are now available free of charge. To access the BC Code documents, go to www.bcpublications.ca.
- Demolition Permit
Prior to obtaining a permit to demolish a building or structure, the owner must:
- provide to the City a vacancy date;
- pay the applicable fees as set out in the City’s Fees and Charges Bylaw; and
- ensure that all municipal services and other services are capped and terminated at the property line to the satisfaction of the building official or the City’s engineering manager.
Every owner must ensure that, on completion of all demolition procedures, all debris and fill are cleared, and the site is levelled or graded, or made safe if levelling and grading are not possible. Every owner must ensure adherence to the “Safety measures at construction and demolition sites” requirements set out in Part 8, Division B of the building code.
- Interior Renovations
- New Business Licence
All business licence applications are reviewed by Planning and Development Services and regulated through the Business Licence Bylaw and the Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw. Business Licence fees are charged on an annual basis and outlined in the Fees & Charges Bylaw.
- Update to an Existing Business Licence
If your business changes (i.e. location, ownership, name, use), it is a requirement to update your Busines Licence with the City, in order to maintain the validity of the business’s licence. The types of changes the City is concerned with are name changes, ownership changes, location changes and update to use of the business. To recognize the change to your business, the City will require a completed Update to an Existing Licence Application. For some changes, such as location or use changes, additional inspections may be required.
- Cancelling a Business Licence
Once a Business Licence is issued it will auto-renew on December 31st, on an annual basis, unless it is formally cancelled. Cancelling the Business Licence is the responsibility of the Business Licence holder and must be done immediately to avoid unwanted, additional charges associated with a business that is no longer operational. If you wish to cancel your Business Licence, please fill out the cancellation form.
- Encroachment Permit
For business owners who wishes to encroach on City sidewalks or road rights-of-way with retail displays (sandwich boards or additional outdoor seating areas (i.e. patio)
- Cannabis Licence
The Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) regulates the licensing of non-medical cannabis retail stores in British Columbia. Any Revelstoke cannabis retail application must be reviewed first by the LCRB, before being referred by the Province to the City of Revelstoke.
Once the City receives a cannabis retail application referral, the applicant is required to apply for and complete the City's Cannabis Licensing and Review application process. The LCRB requires local government input for all provincial Cannabis Retail Licence applications and Existing Licence Amendment applications. Local governments do not approve these types of applications; instead, they provide the LCRB with a Council resolution for each application. The LCRB will not process a Cannabis Retail Licence without a resolution from the applicable local government.
In addition to meeting provincial and federal requirements, provincial Cannabis Retail Licence applications must comply with City regulations, such as the Cannabis Licensing Policy, Zoning Bylaw and the Business Licensing Bylaw. Please review the following documents for compliance:
- Liquor Licence
The Provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) regulates the licensing of all liquor establishments and the retail sale of alcohol in British Columbia. The City of Revelstoke is referred on a number of these applications, including liquor primary applications and other licence endorsements. The City also reviews requests for patio expansions and extensions to hours of operation.
Local government comment is a key component of the LCLB’s licensing decisions. Council recognizes the importance of public entertainment venues, including liquor establishments, as a component of all vibrant cities. Managing the priorities of all community stakeholders is a delicate balance.
- Mobile Vendor
Mobile vending is business that is carried out entirely from a mobile unit, whereby, the entire stock of goods, wares, merchandise, or foodstuffs offered for sale is actually carried and contained within a unit that is designed to be or is mobile at the time the items are offered for sale within a fixed period of time (i.e. Food trucks and trailers, bicycles, carts, etc.).
- The City is not accepting new permit applications for the four vendor parking locations next to Grizzly Plaza for the 2022 season, this location is now full. Please check back February 2023 for updates.
- The City requires submission of a Mobile Vendor - Special Temporary Street Vendor Application at least 30 days before proposed start date.
- Sign Permit
The City of Revelstoke’s Sign Bylaw No. 2054 provides regulations on all signage within the City of Revelstoke.
- Development Permit
The Official Community Plan (OCP) designates Development Permit Areas for environmental protection, protection of development from hazardous conditions, and to guide the form and character of commercial, industrial or multi-family residential development. A Development Permit (DP) sets forth conditions under which residential, commercial, or industrial developments may take place. Once issued, it becomes binding on the existing and future owners of the property. Depending on the type of DP it must be issued by either the Director of Development Services or City Council.
- Development Variance Permit
A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a permit issued by City Council that varies regulations of the Zoning Bylaw or the Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw; however, it may not vary the permitted uses, densities, or floodplain regulations.
- Board of Variance
- Heritage Alteration Permit
Heritage Alteration Permitting is a system by which the City strives to protect and preserve heritage character and form in the Revelstoke Station Heritage Area, as established in the OCP.
Planning staff have started the process of preparing a Heritage Management Plan for the City that includes current best practices in heritage conservation and creates a heritage program that takes into account all of Revelstoke’s heritage values. Find out more about the Heritage Management Plan project and how you can get involved through Talk Revelstoke.
- Temporary Use Permit
A Temporary Use Permit (TUP) is an approval from the City Council for a temporary land use that does not conform to the Zoning Bylaw.
Zoning regulates the use and density of land by stipulating the siting, size and dimensions of buildings and structures as well as site specific uses. Zoning also establishes and promotes minimum standards for health and safety as well as conveniences. A rezoning application (also known as a bylaw amendment) is an application that is approved or rejected by Council to amend or supplement the Zoning Bylaw; it may amend the permitted uses or densities of land prescribed by existing regulations.
- Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment
The Official Community Plan (OCP) is a long-term strategy for land use management, development, and servicing. The OCP is intended to serve as a statement of the objectives and policies of the City. The goals of the OCP are implemented through the Zoning Bylaw. An Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment application is required when a lands current designation does not permit the proposed use or density.
Subdivision is the legal mechanism used to create new, titled parcels of land and to adjust existing property lines. This includes a basic lot line adjustment, but not a consolidation of two or more lots. Lot consolidations (cancellation of interior lot lines) do not require a subdivision application to the City but are instead approved by the Registrar of the Land Title and Survey Authority.
Please see our subdivision guide and application form to get an understanding of typical application requirements. The complexity of subdivision applications can vary in which we ask for you to discuss your ideas with City staff prior to submitting an application. The Development Cost Charges (DCC) Bylaw outlines when DCCs are collected. Other fees and charges that may apply during the subdivision process can be found the in the City's Fees and Charges Bylaw.
- Road Closure
- Charges or Notices on Title
Please note: there is one Land Development Application Form for the above Planning Services application types and you can apply for more than one application on the same form.