New commercial and industrial projects

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What to submit with your development permit application:

  • Completed development permit application with both applicant and landowner signature
  • Five (5) copies of a detailed site plan, to scale, (A2 preferred) which include the following details:
    • Legal land description, municipal address and north arrow
    • Adjacent streets (including curbs, boulevards etc.)
    • Dimensions of proposed buildings
    • Property lines and setbacks to property lines (front, rear and side yard dimensions).
    • Location of any rights-of-way and easements
    • Parking areas (including dimensions of space and aisles)
    • Proposed accesses to the site (including dimensions of width, radius and distance from intersection or other accesses)
    • Proposed landscaping areas (preliminary)
    • Proposed outdoor storage areas & fences
    • North arrow
  • Five (5) complete sets of building plans to scale (A2 size) which include:
    • Dimensions of proposed building
    • Structural cross section
    • Floor plans of each floor including area (sq. ft. or sq. m)
    • Elevation plans of each side of the proposed building
  • One (1) complete set of plans (site plan and building plans) reduced to 11" x 17" size (to scale) along with one (1) digital submission of the same via email to developmentpermitting@strathcona.ca
  • Five (5) copies of a preliminary site grading and utility servicing plan (note: detailed design may not be required until after decision on development permit application)
  • Preliminary grade elevations including front and rear grade, building floor, bottom of footing, lot corners
  • Detailed letter of intent including:
    • Detailed description of proposed development and use
    • Description of products and services
    • Anticipated on-site operations (indoors and outdoors)
    • On-site storage
    • Transportation details including size of vehicles / expected frequency of trips
    • Number of employees
    • Hours of operation
  • Completed construction site fire safety plan

Other information may also be required to supplement an application as determined necessary by a Development Officer. Such information may include studies of projected traffic volumes, utilities, landscaping, urban design, parking, social and economic effects, environmental impact assessment, sloe, soil, floorplain and sun and wind impact studies.

Provincial requirements for development permits

Directive 079 states that an application for a development permit for a new building that will be larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft), or an addition to or an alteration of an existing building that will result in the building being larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft) must identify the location or confirm the absence of any abandoned wells using the GeoDiscover Map or ERCB Map.

Map of abandoned wells.

Once it is determined that no abandoned wells are located on the property, applicants can submit the Declaration of Absence of Abandoned Wells on property form with their development application.

The Alberta Government’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) passed this directive in November 2012.

If you have questions on these new requirements or on the Map Viewers, please contact the ERCB’s Customer Contact Centre at 1-855-297-8311.

What to submit with your building permit application:

  • Completed building permit application
  • One (1) copy of a detailed site plan (details as above)
  • Two (2) complete sets of A2 size construction drawings to scale which include:
    • Dimensions of proposed building
    • Structural cross section
    • Two sets of electrical & mechanical drawings sealed by a professional
    • Floor plans of each floor including sq. ft. or sq.m
    • Foundation plan
    • Elevation plans of each side of the proposed building
  • Completed schedules as per the 2006 Alberta Building Code, Division C, Appendix B
  • Fees, see current fee schedule

It is important that new commercial and industrial buildings are built to a barrier-free standard. For more information, see the Safety Codes Council Barrier Free Design Guide.

For projects requiring water meter installations for construction water, please complete the  Construction or Commercial Water Meter Sizing Request (64.0 KB)  and fax it to Utilities at 780-464-0557.

Please contact Transportation and Agriculture Services at 780-417-7100 for permitting or road use requirements when your project involves hauling on County roads.

For any new building construction for the purpose of commercial or industrial use, we would like to meet with you to discuss you project prior to submission of an application. Call 780-464-8080 to arrange your pre-application meeting with the appropriate staff.

Planning and Development Services
Phone: 780-464-8080
Fax: 780-464-8142
Email: planninganddevelopment@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Page ID: 39767