Development Permits

Development Permits  are required for:


  • New construction  
  • Alterations to multi-unit residential buildings 
  • Industrial buildings
  • Commercial buildings
  • Exterior or facade structural or colour changes 
  • Signage, Murals and Awnings

Development Permit Areas

Development Permit Areas are designated by the Official Community Plan. The City of Nelson is divided into three Development Permit Areas (PDF).

Development Permit Area Design Guidelines

The City of Nelson has developed the Development Permit Area Design Guidelines (PDF) to assist in the task of explaining and regulating the visual quality of building design, site considerations, and landscaping within these permit areas. It is recommended that you consult these guidelines prior to formalizing design plans.

More Information

For more information about when a Development Permit is required and how to apply for one, please see this information sheet Highlights - Development Permits (PDF).

Development Permit Applications

To apply for a Development Permit, please fill out a Development Application Form (PDF) or a Development Permit Application- Sign Facade Awning Mural (PDF) and submit with the appropriate fee and Owners Representative Form (PDF) (as needed), to the Department of Development Services and Engineering, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment, Monday through Friday. Applications may also be submitted in PDF format by email to Development Services.

Electrical Servicing Requirements

Applicants must contact Nelson Hydro at 250-352-8240 for electrical servicing requirements.

Review by Design Consultants

Some Development Permit applications, such as facade changes to heritage buildings or within the City's downtown core may be referred by staff to an external design consultant for review. Please contact City Staff for additional information.

Development Permit Timeline