The Development Services Division's professional staff strives to make the application and information gathering processes efficient and positive experiences for customers, whether they be residents with questions about homes or neighbourhoods, businesses looking to open in West Kelowna or developers with land use inquiries or proposed projects in hand.
To aid in achieving its goals the District of West Kelowna has employed a Development Application Improvement Strategy:
The division is responsible for management of all land use decisions in West Kelowna and is comprised of six primary departments:
Champions of smart growth, staff strives to ensure that development in the community enhances both the quality of life and the natural environment while respecting the goals of residents, business owners, and the development community.
The Building Department administers the District of West Kelowna's Building, Zoning, and Safe Premises Bylaws and oversees building permits and inspections.
The department is also responsible for inspecting and issuing permits for secondary suites.
Residents looking to connect to sewers should also contact the Building Department for assistance.
For more information, please visit the Building Inspections Department's web page.
Business Development Office
The Business Development Office provides services to existing and new businesses to help them locate, grow and succeed in West Kelowna.
For more information, please visit the Business Development Office's web page.
The Current Planning Department is largely responsive in nature and is primarily focussed on the management of present or pending development in the municipality. In this capacity, the Development Services Division performs a number of responsibilities ranging from processing Development Permit or Zoning Amendment Applications to responding to day to day inquiries from the general public.
For more information on current planning, including a list of active applications, please visit the department's web page.
Development Engineering and Subdivision Approvals
The Development Engineering Department reviews development applications to ensure they are consistent with engineering best practices and adhere to guidelines set out in regulatory documents such as like the Works and Services Bylaw. Staff works with applicants and referral agencies to approve subdivisions after appropriate servicing levels of each proposed lot, subdivision or neighbourhood have been determined and appropriate zoning is in place.
To learn more about Development Engineering, please go to the department's web page.
The Land Agent coordinates municipal property issues, including the identification and evaluation of property acquisition opportunities.
For more information on the Land Agent, please click here.
Long Range Planning
Long Range Planning is important because it helps forecast and address future community needs. Plans and strategies, including the Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw 0154, provide the District of West Kelowna with the knowledge and direction necessary to prepare for potential challenging times and it establishes goals and policies to manage change.
To learn more about Long Range Planning and the District of West Kelowna's plans and strategies, please click here.
To learn more, please contact the District of West Kelowna's Development Services Division at: