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When do I need a Development Permit?

In areas covered by a Land Use By-law, a Development Permit is required prior to any development occuring on a property. Development means: "any erection, construction, alteration, replacement or relocation of or addition to any structure and any change or alteration in the use made of land or structures."

If you live in any of the following communities, chances are your land is governed by a Land Use By-law:

  • Village of Hebbville
  • Community of Blockhouse
  • Community of Oakland
  • Prince's Inlet and Area (Maders Cove, Sunny Brook, Martin's Brook, and Herman's Island)
  • Riverport and District (Riverport, Lower and Middle LaHave, Feltzen South, Rose Bay, and Kingsburg)
  • Osprey Village
  • Lunenburg Municipal Industrial Planning Area (Oakhill, Harold Whynott Road)\

If you are uncertain you should contact Norma Schiefer, Municipal Development Officer to determine if your land is governed by a Land Use By-law and whether a Development Permit is required.

Development Permit

A Development Permit ensures what you are doing complies with the regulations outlined in the Land Use By-law. A permit is typically issued within 14 days of receiving the application. The process is outlined in the Development Permit Flow Chart.

The Development Permit is required to be issued prior to receiving a Building Permit for the proposal.

How does the Municipality enforce these documents?

The Municipal Government Act requires that the Municipality appoint a Development Office to administer Land Use By-laws. The Land Use By-law forms the regulation outlined by the policy statements developed in the Planning Strategy. All development must satisfy the requirements of the Land Use By-law.

If an individual starts construction without receiving a Development Permit, they are in violation of the Land Use By-law and Council can take legal action (fine or order removal) as provided for in the Municipal Government Act. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has a violation policy which outlines the process to be followed in such instances.