Under the Local Government Act section 492, municipalities may designate land as temporary commercial and industrial use permit areas within the Official Community Plan (OCP).  Council has designated all land in Pitt Meadows as a temporary use permit area for temporary uses. 

Owners of land (or their agents) may apply for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) if the zoning bylaw does not permit the proposed use and the use will be short term.  A TUP may be issued by Council for a period of up to three years.  The permit may also be extended only once for an additional three years if approved by Council.

Conditions such as location of the temporary use, length of time the temporary use can occur, and the specific conditions under which temporary use is allowed will be established in the permit.  Security deposits and letters of undertaking may also be required to ensure the conditions are fulfilled.

A Guide to Temporary Use Permits

Temporary Permit Application Process
Step 1: Preparation

Development proposals should be well prepared and researched before submitting an application. 

Refer to the zoning map for the existing zoning of your property and then the zoning bylaws for the zone’s regulations. Temporary commercial and industrial uses must still adhere to these regulations and those of other bylaws.

Step 2: Pre-application Meeting

Services staff is available to meet with prospective applicants and their consultants to discuss the development proposal, and provide advice on submission requirements and procedures. 

Step 3: Application Submission

Your temporary use permit application must include the following:

  • completed application form, signed by the registered owner(s);
  • application fee;
  • Letter of Authorization signed by the property owner(s) if the applicant is applying on behalf of the owner(s) (staff will only deal with the applicant);
  • Certificate(s) of Title within five (5) days of application;
  • written description of the existing and proposed uses of the property;
  • the compliance of the proposal with applicable Official Community Plan policies and zoning regulations and the reasons for the request;
  • development data summary form provided by the City;
  • sketch of site plans drawn to scale showing where the temporary use will take place and any new or existing buildings associated with the use if applicable; and
  • Site Profile regarding possible soil contamination on the property from certain types of industrial and commercial uses and activities (if removing soil as temporary use).
Step 4: Application Review

Applications will be circulated internally by the File Manager to appropriate staff for comment.

In some cases, applications are also referred to external agencies for comments. Most commonly, the Provincial Ministry of Transportation if adjacent to Lougheed Highway; the Agricultural Land Commission if the proposed temporary use is not a farm use within the Agricultural Land Reserve; Katzie First Nation; Fraser Health Authority; and the Provincial Ministry of Environment. 

Step 5: Advisory Panel

The File Manager prepares a staff report which includes the comments from the review, conditions that may need to be met, and recommendations by staff and any external agencies. Council may decide to notify the public, request additional information and/or conditions, or reject the permit application. 

Step 6: Public Notification

Public notification is published in the local newspaper 3 to 14 days before Council considers issuance of the permit. 

Step 7: Final Approval

If Council authorizes issuance of the permit, the applicant is forwarded copies of the permit to be signed and returned. Once issued by the City, a Notice of Permit will be registered with the Land Titles Office on the title of the property. 

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