Community Plan
Development Permits

Development Permit Area

The areas designated as Development Permit Area on the Development Permit Area Map cover almost all properties that are currently used for multiple residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional purposes, or are envisioned to be developed as such.

Design of a multiple residential, commercial or industrial building, for new construction, alteration or expansion, should follow the guidelines described in this section. For these types of buildings, a Development Permit is required before a building permit is issued. No development permit is required, however, for interior alteration, minor exterior alteration or expansion of a building, when the total area of the altered or expanded exterior wall is less than 20% of the entire exterior wall.


The development permit is a reviewing process, which is intended to:

  • keep development projects healthy, safe and free of nuisance by avoiding potential conflict caused by the mixture of land uses;
  • maintain safe and efficient traffic movements on the adjacent streets;
  • encourage new developments to provide an aesthetically pleasant, attractive, clean and friendly image of Castlegar; and
  • ensure the development proceeds in a timely manner.

Requiring building designs in the Downtown Area to adhere to the Revitalization Theme is particularly important in preserving the value and charm of the revitalized Downtown.

Form and Character of Building

Buildings and structures should be designed to create decent, humane facilities with aesthetically pleasing treatments on the building volumes and facade. The building design should harmonize with the existing adjacent buildings in scale and form. It should also respect or enhance the existing street character, and the surrounding natural topography.

In general, the building facade should be broken into smaller components to avoid massive, monotonous exterior walls or retaining walls. Roof-lines should relate to adjacent building forms and styles. Varied roof-lines should be used to avoid the appearance of a long, flat building facade. In addition, rooftop mechanical equipment should be screened. The privacy of adjoining properties should be protected by all available means.

Signs should be low key, un-illuminated or softly lit, and of a style appropriate to their setting.

A small scale development within areas designated as RC (Regional Commercial) or AP (Airport) should be sited in a manner that, when the surrounding area is completely developed, the existing building could readily be amalgamated into the entire complex by sharing parking, access and other common facilities.

Buildings in Downtown Castlegar, the area that was refurbished by the Downtown Revitalization Program from1993 to1996, should be consistent with the design theme of "Clean and Green" as described in the City's "Building Design Guidelines" written by Mainstreet Consulting Associates (Robert Inwood) in 1992.

Access and Parking

Access to and from a site shall be provided in a way that will not obstruct safe movement of vehicles on the roadways. There should be a minimum number of accesses onto all public highways, and efforts should be made by adjoining properties to share a common access to Columbia Avenue.

Parking should be designed to provide maximum traffic safety for pedestrians and vehicles, and security from vandalism and crimes. While "one-way" vehicle manoeuvring aisles should be avoided wherever possible, where such one-way aisles are unavoidable, permanent structures (i.e. curbed islands) and signs directing such manoeuvrers flows are required.

A large parking facility should be divided into smaller clusters and each cluster should be separated with landscaped buffer. For larger commercial developments with out-door parking facilities, a cast-in-place concrete curb meeting the City standards should be installed along the edge of the pavement.

The parking facility and landscaped area should be adequately illuminated. Consideration should also be given to accessibility by pedestrians, including those in wheel-chairs.


All areas not covered by buildings, structures or asphalt shall be appropriately landscaped to provide a pleasant and attractive environment, effectively buffered and screened from the adjoining properties and highways, and un-paved ground will be kept to a minimum. Existing vegetation should be preserved as much as possible.

The landscaped vegetation should be irrigated with an under-ground sprinkler system. Where the landscape screen is considered to be insufficient for protecting the privacy of an adjoining residence, an opaque fence should be installed along the lot line.

Garbage containers or recycling bins should be placed in an inconspicuous location with convenient access for the users and collectors. They should be totally enclosed by a fence or other approved structure.

Timing and Security

The development permit may indicate an expiration date to ensure the construction is completed within a specific time.

The City may require a security deposit to ensure that landscaping and lighting are completed.