Published on September 27, 2021

‘This is Our Standard’: City Strives For Efficient Development Permit Turnaround Times

From building the deck of your dreams to turning your basement into an added living space, chances are your next project will require a development permit from the City of St. Albert. The great news? A permit gives you assurance that your development complies with the rules and regulations of the Land Use Bylaw. The City also continually strives to have the most efficient permit turnaround times as possible.

In 2020, average turnaround times for processing all development permits was six days. “The City is consistently processing development permit submissions at a quick pace – this is our standard,” says Colin Krywiak, City of St. Albert Development Branch Manager. “We have always strived for efficient processing times and continually assess internal procedure improvements to ensure the process is as transparent and user-friendly as possible."

Submissions are processed using a first-come, first-served queuing system.

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According to Krywiak, quick turnaround times benefit residents in moving onto possible next steps such as securing a building permit, other secondary permits, or even a business licence, if applicable. “We always encourage residents to apply early to ensure permits are in place prior to starting work. Speedy processing times also allow residents to better plan a project by having products and contractors arrive on-site when the permit is issued, for example,” he adds. 

Between 2015 and 2020, the City issued nearly 1,200 development permits per year on average.

“As our goal is to ensure permits are issued in a timely manner, we contact the resident or applicant as soon as possible if information is missing or additional information, such as neighbourhood consultation or an engineering drawing, is required,” explains Krywiak. “Once we receive all components of an application, our processing time officially begins.”

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It is also important to note that not all proposed developments require the issuance of a permit. Smaller sheds, fences on certain lots and some decks may be exempt.

“We enjoy helping residents with their projects and want the permit process to be as easy as possible. In the future, we’d also like to be able to offer online e-application submission and payment options,” he adds.

More information is available online or by reaching out directly to

Did you know?

Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 governs development within the City of St. Albert. Each property has an associated Land Use District which has a specific set of provisions, regulations and uses with the Land Use Bylaw

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Last edited: September 28, 2021