Building and Development on PEI

When do I need a development (building permit) 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 the Provincial Planning Branch at any of the service locations noted below 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.

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

Please see the Municipalities 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 Sherwood 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.

How long will it take to process my application?

It depends on the complexity of the application, but the time needed could be as little as two weeks.

What are the fees?

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

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: 
July 13, 2016
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General Inquiries

Department of Communities, Land and Environment
4th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-5044
Toll-free: 1-866-368-5044
Fax: (902) 368-5830