The Planning and Community Development Department has three areas of responsibility:
- Planning and Development
- Economic Development
- Protective Services
Planning and development projects and initiatives within the Town of Rocky Mountain House are carried out by this department, as well as the economic development goals stated in the 2012 - 2015 Economic Development Strategy.
The Rocky Mountain House Protective Services Department is responsible for enforcing municipal bylaws the Traffic Safety Act and other various Provincial Statutes within Town limits. Three community peace officers often work in tandem with the municipal RCMP force to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and visitors.
Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS) provides contracted planning services to the Town of Rocky Mountain. PCPS provides subdivision review, as well as statutory plan review for all the town’s planning documents. Please contact PCPS at 403-343-3394 or refer to the subdivision information about the subdivision process.
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
BUILDING PERMIT STATISTICS
Building Permits Stats for 2023 (as of October 31, 2023) (Click Here)
Mapping System Access (Geographical Information System).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I need a Development Permit?
A development permit is required for any new development within the town. Development permit approval ensures that the proposed development, whether a use or new building, conforms to all the regulations of the Land Use Bylaw.
How do I apply for a Development Permit?
Print off the Development Permit application form, include a site plan for your development, and submit to the Department of Planning and Community Development along with the applicable Development Permit Application fee.
Where can I find out about approved Development Permits?
Approved development permits are posted in the Town Office, and also appear on our website, in accordance with applicable legislation. Development permits are also posted on-site, and notices may be sent to adjacent property owners as necessary.
The Municipal Government Act requires municipal Land Use Bylaws to provide for how notices are issued for development permits. The Town's Land Use Bylaw 2020/19 states:
11.11.4 When a development permit is issued with respect to a decision of the Development Authority , the Development Officer shall publicize a notice of the issuance of the permit, in any or all of the forms described as follows:(1) Mail a notice of the decision to all persons who in his/her opinion may be affected;(2) Post a notice of the decision conspicuously on the property for which the application has been made;(3) Publish notice of the decision in a local media circulating within the Town; or(4) Post a notice of the decision on the Town’s website.
Where can I find out about land use amendments or changes to other statutory planning documents?
If Council is considering changing a statutory planning bylaw, such as the Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Development Plan, or an Area Structure Plan, notices of public hearings and a summary of the proposed change are required to be published in the local newspaper. These are also posted to our website.
How do I apply for a Building Permit?
Print off the Building Permit Application Form, include construction plans and a site plan, and submit to the Department of Planning and Community Development along with the applicable Building Permit Application fee. Permits for electrical, gas and plumbing may also be required. Below are links to these applications which are done through IJD Inspections Ltd.
- Electrical Permit Application
- Gas Permit Application
- Plumbing Permit Application
- Private Sewage Disposal Permit Application
How do I apply for a Business License?
Print off the Business License Application form and submit to Department of Planning and Community Development along with the applicable Business License fee.
What is my land use zoning?
Please see the town's land use zoning map and find your property on the map to determine your zoning.
Do I need a permit for a Fence?
The Town of Rocky Mountain House does not issue development or building permits for fences. If you are going to construct a fence, we ask you make sure the fence is within or on your property line, and that the fence regulations of the Land Use Bylaw are followed. Click here for a Fences Brochure.
View notices of Public Hearings
If Council is considering changing a statutory planning bylaw, such as the Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Development Plan, or an Area Structure Plan, notices of public hearings and a summary of the proposed change will also appear in the local Newspaper, as required by legislation.