Building and Development on PEI

When do I need a development permit or and change of use permit?

A permit is needed for any of the following:

  • new structures, including buildings, mobile homes, and mini homes;
  • renovations, including new additions;
  • change of use of a building; or
  • change of location of a building or structure on a site.

Are there additional requirements if I am building a structure that will house livestock?

Yes, you must also complete a commercial livestock operations project information form.

Who issues development and change of use permits?

To build in an area outside a municipality or inside a municipality with no Official Plan and Bylaw, contact Inspection Services at 902-368-5280 to determine where you can make application for your permit.

To build in a municipality that has an official plan and bylaw, contact the municipality for a permit.  View the Municipal Directory for municipal contact information. 

Where do I find out if I live in a Municipality with an Official Plan?

Please see the Municipal Boundaries Map which indicates all the municipalities across Prince Edward Island as well as those with an Official Plan and Bylaw.

Where can I get an application for a development and change of use permit?

  1. Drop off your completed application at any Access PEI site or the J. Elmer Blanchard Building located in Charlottetown OR
  2. If the application is for a development within in a municipality with an official plan, the completed application must be received by the individual municipality.

Are there any special requirements?

You need to include with the application a site plan and building plan of your proposed project.

What are the fees?

Refer to the schedule of fees.  HST is not required.  Make cheques payable to the Minister of Finance.

Where do find out if my application is being processed?

If you have submitted a development application and you want to know the status of your application you can e-mail and ask for an update. Please provide either the application number and/or your property tax number. 

Can I appeal a permit?

If you wish to appeal a Development and Change of Use Permit, you may file an appeal with the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC) within 21 days following the date on which the permit was issued.

To determine whether you have a right of appeal, please carefully review Section 28 of the PEI Planning Act.

Published date: 
December 27, 2017
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General Inquiries

Provincial Planning
J. Elmer Blanchard Building
31 Gordon Drive
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-5590
Fax: (902) 368-5526