Building and Development on PEI
When do I need a development (building) and change of use permit?
A permit is needed for any of the folllowing:
- 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 obtain an application for a development and change of use permit?
Application forms are available online here and can be dropped off at any Access PEI site or the J. Elmer Blanchard Building located in Sherwood.
Application forms for development permits within in a municipality with an official plan must be received from the individual municipalities.
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.