Development Services Division

COVID-19 Service Level Advisory

While CVRD staff continue to process current applications, new applications will also be accepted in a limited capacity.  As the CVRD administrative offices remain closed to the public, applicants are asked to follow the guidelines below:

  • Contact CVRD staff at  ds@cvrd.bc.ca BEFORE submitting an application.
  • Development applications (permits, variances, bylaw amendments), including all required supporting documentation, must be submitted electronically in PDF format to ds@cvrd.bc.ca.
  • Fees will only be accepted by mail or courier via cheque or money order payable to the Cowichan Valley Regional District, 175 Ingram Street, DUNCAN BC V9L 1N8.
  • Any applications involving public hearings will likely be delayed for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency to support mandated social distancing.

Development Services Overview 

The Development Services Division is responsible for implementing current land use planning standards.  Planners within this Division are charged with the task of preparing Zoning Bylaws for each electoral area that set out land use planning standards.

Development Application Process

After an application is received and reviewed by a Planner it may go through a variety of steps prior to final approval/issuance.  These may include:

  • Referrals to CVRD Departments and External Agencies
  • Electoral Area Services Committee (EASC)
  • Public Hearing (for Rezoning applications)
  • Regional Board

Please refer to the Development Handbook for more information.

Bylaws and Permits

 
Official Community Plans and Zoning Bylaws set the standards by which land use planning is based. Development Permits must comply with these and other regulations and policies. The Development Permit process provides opportunity for a review of proposed developments to be sure they comply with the applicable regulations and policies.