Planning & Development

Front Counter Services Closed

Planning & Development Front Counter Services will be closed for in-person service effective December 14 to comply with provincial public health orders announced Dec 8, 2020.  All available online services can be viewed at

For Development and Building Permits: Please email completed applications and all required information to Once a development officer has reviewed your application, they will contact the applicant for payment information.

For Planning applications (Subdivision, LUB amendment, etc.): Please email completed applications and all required informaiton to


The Planning Branch manages land use in the City, including long-range planning and forecasting, reviewing subdivision applications, formulating land use plans and policies, and conducting public consultations on proposed land-use changes. The Branch also provides mapping and addressing functions, and Affordable Housing initiatives.

The Development Branch administers the permitting and compliance certificate process as well as ensuring building and renovation design meets the high-quality standards expected in the City of St. Albert.

Planning Primer

Land use planning impacts how we experience our city, and our revised Planning Primer will help you learn why and how change occurs in St. Albert. The Planning Primer explains the types of planning documents, the roles of Administration and Council, the types of considerations used in the evaluation and approval processes. You’ll also learn how to get involved in these planning processes.

Planning Primer

Residential Density Handbook

The Residential Density Handbook includes examples of residential development compiled to provide a visual context to residential density, based on the number of dwelling units per hectare. The examples have been sourced from St. Albert, Edmonton, and Calgary.

Residential Density Handbook

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Last edited: January 11, 2021