The Town of Stony Plain, like other Alberta municipalities, is responsible for reviewing and approving applications for land to be subdivided and for different types of development within the municipality. Part of the process includes the opportunity for decisions made by the Development Authority to be appealed.

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board is an administrative tribunal, made up of Council members and town residents who meet when an appeal is made.


  • Functions in accordance with the Municipal Government Act and the Town of Stony Plain SDAB Bylaw
  • Hears complaints and functions like a legal court
  • Examines evidence and applies legal rules to their findings
  • Makes decisions after conducting a fair hearing that complies with legislation, administrative law and the principles of natural justice
  • Makes final decisions that cannot be overturned unless an error in some aspect of law or jurisdiction occurred
What can be appealed?
  • A decision of the Subdivision Authority concerning a subdivision application
  • A decision of the Development Authority concerning a development permit application
  • A Stop Order issued by the Development Authority
Who can file an appeal and what are the steps?

 You can appeal a development authority's decision if:

  • Your development permit application has been refused
  • Your development permit application was approved with conditions that are unacceptable to you
  • You have been issued a stop order directing you to stop construction or stop the present use of your property
  • You will be affected by a new development or new use of someone else's property
  • If a development authority refuses or fails to issue a development permit within 40 days of receipt of the application

You can appeal the subdivision authority's decision if:

  • Your subdivision application has been refused
  • Your subdivision application was approved with conditions that are unacceptable to you
  • If a subdivision authority refuses or fails to make a decision on an application for subdivision approval within 60 days of receipt of the application
Before filing an appeal

 Before filing an appeal:

  • Talk to the applicant
  • Consult the Town's Planning and Infrastructure Department to ensure that you have all the information about the proposed development or subdivision
  • Speak with the SDAB Clerk if you have questions about the appeal process
  • Seek legal advice if you require further assistance
Filing an appeal

 To appeal a decision:

  • Submit a completed Notice of Appeal Form
  • Pay the required fee
  • If an appeal arrives after the 21-day deadline, the Board will decide whether or not it has jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

All documents and evidence must be submitted 7 days before the hearing to be included in the agenda package to the Board. The SDAB may accept evidence after the deadline at their discretion. All information submitted will be made available to the public on our website.

 Appeal fees


Development Permit – low and medium density residential


Development Permit – high density, commercial, industrial, community services, comprehensive site, future development




Stop Order


Sign Permits - billboard or electronic


Sign Permits - freestanding, portable, etc.


The appropriate appeal fee must accompany your appeal or it is considered incomplete and will not be processed. Appeal fees can be paid by cheque payable to Town of Stony Plain. Appeal fees can also be paid in person by using Visa, MasterCard, debit or cash at the Town Office, 4905 51 Ave, Stony Plain, Alberta.

Getting started

Upcoming SDAB hearing dates can be found on the Council Calendar. 

 SDAB Decisions
Decision 2023-SPT-02

Decision 2021-D0249

Decision 2022 - D0117


 Decision 2020-D0038

 Decision 2020-D0104