Developing and Building in Prince Rupert



The City of Prince Rupert has rules and procedures to guide developers operating in our community. Our City Hall employees are available to help you understand Council policies, and the rules and regulations that govern land use according to the City’s Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw, and Development Permit Area Guidelines, alongside other regulated requirements such as building, parking, and subdivision. The following sections will help to guide you in determining appropriate steps to take when seeking to build and develop in Prince Rupert.

Contacting City Departments

The Development Services Department at the City of Prince Rupert coordinates all applications and permits to the appropriate City department.

  • The Planning Department reviews applications pertaining to Land Use and applications or permits to change or relax existing regulations – applications to amend the Official Community Plan or Zoning Bylaw, Development Permits, Development Variance Permits, and Minor Signs/Minor Works Permits (application for minor signs/works is the same as a Development Permit).
  • Any work involving City Land requires approval of the City’s Operations Department. Subdivision and stratification, for instance, must be approved by the Approving Officer in the Operations Department.
  • The approval of the Building Department is required* for any work involving:
    • the design, construction and occupancy of new buildings, structures and plumbing systems; and,
    • the alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation and occupancy of existing buildings, structures and plumbing systems

*unless exempted under the Building Code or the City of Prince Rupert’s Building Bylaw.

Specific regulations and forms relating to developing and building in Prince Rupert are listed below.

Official Community Plan

An Official Community Plan (OCP) is the long-term vision and consolidation of Council’s objectives for land use, as well as the form and character of development. (read more...)

Zoning Bylaw

The Zoning Bylaw identifies parcels of land in Prince Rupert as belonging to certain ‘zones’ that regulate the use and density of developments, and the siting, size, and dimensions of buildings and structures allowed in a specified area. (read more...)

Development Permit Area Guidelines

Development Permit Area Guidelines have been created for each Development Permit Area to help manage the character and form of development in different areas of Prince Rupert, contributing to the City’s goals for sustainable and well-planned development. (read more...)

Building Permits

Building permits are required for all renovations, construction projects and structural work. You can find the City’s Permits Applications and Guidelines here. (read more...)

Plumbing Permit

Plumbing permits, specifically, are required if you want to, install, change, or upgrade any part of a  plumbing system or install or replace gas-powered appliances such as hot water tanks. (read more...)

Parking Requirements

The City requires that local businesses and property owners provide adequate space(s) to accommodate the parking needs of their customers. Parking requirements are determined according to the use of the commercial space in each property. (read more...)

Information for Residents

As part of the Development Application process, all developments which do not comply with existing guidelines provided in the Official Community Plan and associated Zoning Bylaw are required to hold an open public hearing to allow Mayor and Council the opportunity to hear citizen feedback. (read more...)