Development Permits

Development Permits deal primarily with a development's impact on surrounding properties. Building Permits deal with structural stability of buildings and the health and safety of the building's occupants. 

The list of recently approved Development Permits can be found on our Notice of Development Permit Decisions page.

If you are proposing new development or renovations to existing development or changing the use of a current building, you will require permits from the City of Spruce Grove. Most developments require both a development permit and a building permit and some require a lot grading permit

If you are planning to excavate or stockpile, construct a new building, alter an existing building or change the use or intensity of use of a property, you will need a development permit. You may also require a development permit before you can apply for a business license. A development permit is written approval from the City of Spruce Grove that ensures that what you are planning to do complies with the regulations of the Land Use Bylaw. The development permit process addresses how land is used and helps preserve and enhance the quality of life in our community. Our Checklist for Small Businesses is  available to help you with your application package.

Your Development Permit Application may be reviewed by a number of City departments. In addition to an application, you must also submit a Right of Entry Authorization, and an Applicant's Authorization for Development Permit Application. Applicants are encouraged to review our development permit checklist to see what other documentation may be required.

If you are applying for a sign permit, you will need to use the Sign Development Permit Application form.  

If any concerns or specific needs are identified you will be advised and asked to contact the other departments for special approvals.

Once the Development Officer is satisfied that all concerns have been addressed and your proposal complies with the regulations of the Land Use Bylaw, your development permit will be issued. The Development Officer may have up to 40 days in which to make a decision.

Only after the following has been met, may you proceed:

  1. Final approval of all development and building permits
  2. Expiry of the appeal period
  3. All conditions associated with the development and building permits will be met

If your proposal does not comply with the regulations of the Land Use Bylaw and you are refused a development permit, or you feel that you cannot meet the conditions applied to your permit, you may appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB).

Your appeal must be registered with the SDAB within the appeal expiry date appearing on your development permit decision. An appeal fee (all or portion of fee may be refunded at discretion of Subdivision and Development Appeal Board) is charged for lodging an appeal by the Applicant, by an adjacent land owner or a person affected by the decision.

The decision of the SDAB may be appealed to the Court of Appeal, but only on a point of law or jurisdiction.

You must act on the development permit within 12 months from the date of issue, or the permit becomes invalid unless otherwise stated in the permit.

The following brochures are available for your information and reference.

Change of Use Brochure 
Compliance, File Review, and Zoning Verification Brochure
Fence, Hedges and Rows of Trees Brochure 
Home Based Businesses Brochure


Development permit fees vary and are payable at the time of application. Please refer to Development Fees and Fines.

Alberta Safety Codes Council fees are also collected with each building permit and safety code permit. Please refer to the Safety Codes Council Permit Fee Schedule.

Submit permit applications

In person By mail By email or fax

414 King Street
Spruce Grove, Alberta 


City of Spruce Grove
Planning and Development
315 Jespersen Avenue
Spruce Grove, Alberta
T7X 3E8


Fax: 780-962-1062


Call 780-962-7582 or send email if you have any questions.