Please note that with the continued spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, in order to reduce and respond to risks, the Town of Stony Plain has implemented immediate changes to our customer service process for permits or inspections. Effective March 23, we are asking that all Planning and Infrastructure requests be emailed, or placed in the mail drop box just outside the front doors of the Town Office. Mail and couriers will still be accepted. Town staff will contact you via phone or email after receipt of your request.


For information on address signage view our addressing brochure.

Business licence

Stony Plain has a Land Use Bylaw that determines what kinds of businesses are allowed in each area of our community. Before you sign a lease, check with Planning and Development to see if you can operate your business in the area you choose. We can help you through the process and make sure you have all the permits and inspections you need to start your business off on the right foot.

You can apply for several types of licences:

For more information, visit our business licence section. Information on business license fees can be found in our fees section.

Building permit

You need a building permit for:

  • New construction and additions
  • Minor improvements (decks, sheds, hot tubs, swimming pools, wood burning appliances, etc.)
  • Demolishing and moving buildings
  • Renovations


Additional applications may be required to accompany your building permit application:


Refer to our development and building permit checklist to ensure you are submitting a complete application.

Apply for a permit

You can apply for a building permit at Town Hall. For more information on permits, visit our development and building permits section.


For more information on cannabis retail sales, use our cannabis retail sales development permit application checklist

Compliance reports

You can request a compliance report at Town Hall. For more information on compliance reports see our compliance report information package

Development permits

You can apply for a development permit at Town Hall. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Refer to our development and building permit checklist to ensure you are submitting a complete application. Contact our planning department for more information or visit our development and building permits section. A right of entry authorization form may be required to apply for your development permit, contact the Planning Department to find out.

Electrical permit

You can apply for an electrical permit at Town Hall.


Appeals to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB)
Subdivision $300.00
Stop order $500.00
Development permit – Low density residential $100.00
Development permit - High density, commercial, industrial, community services, comprehensive site, future development $500.00
Sign permits – Billboard or electronic $300.00
Sign permits – Freestanding, portable, etc. $200.00
Business license
Retail, services or contractor business  
Resident – Retail/Services1 $100.00
Resident – Contractor1  $100.00
Non-Resident – Retail/Services1  $200.00 
Non-Resident – Contractor1  $350.00 
Home Based Business1 $50.00 
Peddler or Hawker   
Daily $25.00
Annual resident business $100.00
Annual non-resident business  $325.00
Special Service  
Auto Wrecker or Salvage Yard            $1,500.00
Boxing or Wrestling Promoter  $1,500.00 
Carnival or Circus  $500.00
Christmas Tree Sales  $50.00 
Escort or Dating Service


Ice Cream Vendor – Mobile or Temporary    $125.00 
Massage Parlor  $1,500.00 
1. Any business commencing operation on or after September 1 of each year and carrying on or operating for any part of the remainder of the year shall be assessed a business license fee equivalent to one half the normal annual business license fee for that year.
Building permits

The fee for each permit shall be payable upon receipt of the permit application. Each building permit is subject to a 4% Safety Code Levy fee.  The minimum Safety Code Levy fee on a building permit is $4.50 to a maximum of $560.00.


Single family dwelling & semi detached

Minimum permit fee $100.00
New construction & additions $5.00/m2
Basement development & renovations $2.50/m2
Walk-out basement development & secondary suites $4.00/m2
Foundations or footing only $2.50/m2
Accessory buildings - Attached & detached $3.00/m2
Re-inspection fee (residential) $100.00/hr min.


Multi-family dwellings/Commercial/Industrial/Community Services & institutional

Minimum permit fee $500.00
New construction & additions $5.00/m2
Basement & other finished areas (incl. parkades) $2.50/m2
Foundations or footings only $2.50/m2
Accessory buildings $3.00/m2
Renovations and/or tenant improvements $5.00/m2
Demising wall $250.00
Re-inspection fee (min.) $250.00/hr min.


Misc. Building permit fees

Swimming pools (in ground) $100.00
Hot tubs or portable pools $100.00
Decks or wheelchair ramp, etc. $100.00
HVAC installation  $100.00
Wood stove or fireplace  $100.00
Manufactured home - New $200.00 
Temporary structures (event tents, etc.)  $100.00
Change of use $250.00
Water / sewer installation report (PW) $50.00


Safety codes consultation

Safety codes consultation services $150.00/hr min.
Building permit re-inspection (residential) $100.00/hr min. 
Building permit re-inspection (multi-family, commericial, institutional, community services) $250.00/hr min. 
Building permit revision & extension   50% of BP fee 
Penalty for beginning construction without permits 100% of BP fee


Relocation / demolition permit

Residential $200.00
Non-residential (commercial/industrial/institutional) $500.00

 Contractor water

Residential, single family $55.00/month
Residential, multi-family

$55.00/month 1st unit - $27.50 each additional unit

Commercial, industrial, institutional $82.50/month


Bylaw applications or amendments

Application fee for new or major amendement to Statutory Plans (includes Municipal Development Plans, Area Structure Plans and Area Redevelopment Plans)

*non-refundable if unsuccessful*

Application fee for minor amendments to Statutory Plans or new or amendment to Non-Statutory Plans (includes Land Use Bylaw Amendments, road closures, changes to reserve lands, etc.)

Re-submission fee or revision fee              25% of original fee
Compliance reports
Residential (completed within 5-7 business days) $150.00
High density, comprehensive sites, commercial, industrial, community services $250.00
Revised compliance – Within six months of original compliance $75.00
Rush service – All land uses (completed within 3 business days) Double the regular fee
Development agreements and other agreements
Major development agreement (generally for subdivision applications) $5,000.00
Minor development agreement (generally for development permit applications) $3,000.00

Other agreements (easements, assignments, encroachments, etc) and amending agreements

 Development permits
Development permit extensions and revisions are 100% of the original development permit fee to a max. of $5000.00. The penalty for starting development prior to approval of permits is 100% of the original development permit fee.

New construction

Permitted use

Discretionary use / Relaxation

Single detached & semi-detached dwellings $150.00 $250.00
Multi-family or high density - Per unit $100.00 $150.00
Commercial, industrial, community services (includes additions) min. $300.00

$250.00 + $1.00/m

Additional $100.00


Misc. Residential - Decks, additions, accessory buildings, home occupations, etc. $75.00 $125.00
Misc. Commercial, industrial, institutional, community services - Decks, accessory buildings, etc. $125.00 $225.00
Preliminary development permit – non-refundable $500.00  
External agency applications and referrals (provincial and federal agencies) $500.00  
Change of use $225.00  
Excavation, clearing, filling of vacant lots $500.00  
Signage (all signs other than billboards & electronic message boards) $100.00 $200.00
Signage (billboards > 10 m2, electronic message board) $200.00 $300.00

Sign impound & storage

Pickup & impoundment of portable signs (or signs similar or larger in size)            $100.00
Pickup & impoundment of A frame signs (or signs similar in size)               $30.00
Per day storage fees for portable signs (or similar or larger in size) $20.00
 Engineering permits / Drawings / Inspections
Additional CCC and FAC Inspections $500.00
Boulevard crossing (driveways) – New $100.00
Boulevard crossing (driveways widening) $50.00
Major engineering drawing review and CCC and FAC inspections (includes underground, surface and andscaping with one inspection per CCC and FAC) $2,000.00
Minor Engineering drawing review and CCC and FAC inspections (includes one inspection per CCC and FAC as required)  $1,000.00
Utility installation and street occupancy – Full road closure $100.00
Utility connection permit $100.00
Road/haul agreement $250.00

 Lot grading inspections

Low density residential lot inspections or re-inspections        $120.00
Medium & high density residential lot inspections

$200.00 + $50.00 for each unit on the first level

Non-residential - commercial, industrial & institutional inspections


Medium and high density residential lot and non-residential(commercial/industrial/institutional) re-inspections


 Other fees and information

Capital recreation contribution

Per single family dwelling unit $875.00 per unit
Per duplex dwelling unit $875.00 per unit
Per unit for multiple dwelling $525.00 per unit
Per unit for affordable or seniors housing $300.00 per unit
 Development charges (Offsite levies)
Bylaw 2594/D&P/18 (per catchment area) See Bylaw
 Development security deposits
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Community Services & High Density Developments $10,000.00
Clearing, excavation, filling and grading of vacant lot for high density, comprehensive site, commercial, institutional, industrial (in-fill lot)       $10,000.00
Clearing, excavation, filling and grading of vacant lot for agricultural, future development or pre-subdivision of a parcel $10,000.00 plus $2,500.00/ha
to maximum of $100,000.00
 Environmental & parcel assessment information requests 
Environment / Parcel Assessment Correspondence / Parcel Information Request  $200.00/per
District and land use confirmation letter $100.00
 Land title transactions
Caveats – Discharges or Postponements (single request) $75.00, plus Land Title fees
Discharge of caveats for development agreements or other instruments $100.00, plus Land Title fees
Land Title searches and copies of instruments Fees charged to the Town by Land Titles
 Planning documents (GST may be applicable)
Land Use Bylaw $100.00
Municipal Development Plan $50.00
Municipal Development Standards $40.00
Area Structure Plan $20.00
Street map or land use map $10.00
Postage & Handling (for mail outs) $5.00
Digital map administration fee $20.00
Digital map fee – per parcel $5.00
Trail Master Plan $40.00
Refunds on bylaw and subdivision applications (includes condominiums)
Application status Bylaw application Subdivision application
Application received and no work done Full refund Full refund
Application under review by Town Administration 25% hold back 25% hold back
Refunds on permit fees
Application status Development permit Building permit Gas, electrical, plumbing and private sewage disposal system
Submitted (unprocessed) Full refund Full refund Full refund
Preliminary review
No refund N/A N/A
Permit number assigned and under review 50% Minimum permit fee holdback and safety code levy N/A
Review completed and
permit issued and/or in appeal period
No refund Minimum permit fee
holdback and safety code levy

$100.00 and safety code levy holdback, no refunds if permit is under $100.00

Inspections started No refund No refund No refund
Permit expired (no
No refund No refund No refund
Permit extension requests (if refused) Full refund of
extension fee only
Full refund of
extension fee only
Full refund of
extension fee only

Subdivision and bareland condominium fees  

Base Per application  $500.00
Additional application fee for approvals per Lot or bare land condominium unit (includes remnant parcels and common property; excludes reserve and public utility lots)

$300.00/lot or unit

Additional application fee for approvals per condominium Unit (for condominium conversions)


Re-submission/revision fee 25% of original fee
Subdivision endorsement extension request fee             $250.00 per lot or unit (max. $1000.00)
Base endorsement application $300.00
Additional application fee for endorsements per lot or bare land condominium unit (includes remnant parcels and common property; excludes municipal reserve and public utility lots)Per lot $200.00

Additional application fee for endorsements per condominium unit (for condominium conversions)

$40.00/unit or lot


Fire pits

Read our fire pit usage guide for more information. Burn permits are issued by the Fire Department.

Gas permit

You can apply for a gas permit at Town Hall.


Landowner consent

You can obtain a landowner consent form at Town Hall.

Land Use Bylaw amendments (redistricting)

Download our application to amend the land use bylaw.

Lot grading

The Town of Stony Plain has a two stage approval process for lot grading.  Rough grade approval is generally the responsibility of the homebuilder. Check to ensure your builder has obtained rough grade approval from the Town prior to proceeding with completing the final grade. Download our rough grade compliance checklist. Save the document to your desktop before filling it out.  Four photos of the subject lot and rough grade certificate are required to deem your submission complete.

Apply for final grade approval by contacting an Alberta Land Surveyor to survey your property and prepare a final grade certificate. The surveyor submits your certificate and your contact information to the Town of Stony Plain. Town Lot Grading Inspectors review your grading within 10 business days of receiving the certificate (workload and weather permitting). The lot grading inspection report and certificate are emailed and mailed following the inspection. Lot grading inspection fees for all final grading inspections have been pre-paid by the builder.

Permit statistics

Plumbing permit and private sewage permit

You can apply for a plumbing permit at Town Hall. You can apply for a private sewage disposal permit at Town Hall.

Pre-application review
The pre-application process determines if a proposed land development is fairly straight forward or if a pre-application review is necessary prior to the submission of a formal application. Complete the pre-application review form to learn more.
RV parking

Below is a summary of the regulations in regards to parking RV’s on your property:

  • Between April 1 and October 31, you are permitted to park your RV in the front yard of your property, as long as it does not obstruct sidewalks and roads
  • The Town’s Land Use Bylaw allows year round parking of RV’s in the rear yard
  • Some properties can accommodate year round parking in a side yard if the RV does not encroach into the required front, flankage or side yard setbacks for your property
  • Unless you have obtained development permit approval for a year round RV parking space, you will need to relocate your RV to a storage facility between November 1 and March 31
  • No RVs are permitted to encroach or overhang a sidewalk or road
  • Failure to comply with the Town’s regulations can result in costly fines

A year round RV parking space requires development permit approval. Keep in mind, applications for a year round parking space must undergo review to determine if the proposed space meets the Land Use Bylaw regulations and does not guarantee an approval. Please refer to the RV Parking brochure or contact Planning & Development for more information.

Sign permits

The Town’s Land Use Bylaw regulates signs. Signs are regulated by Land Use District, sign type, copy area, height, number of signs, setbacks, location, etc. A development permit may be required for a sign.  Please contact our planning department prior to purchasing signs for your business or event. You can apply for a development permit at Town Hall.

Signs without permits, signs placed on municipal property and signs that don’t meet the regulations may result in them being removed and impounded by the Town.

Did you know that Alberta Transportation also requires sign permits for signs placed within 300 metres of a highway?

 Election signs

Elections signs fall under the Town’s Land Use Bylaw Part 5 Sign Regulations Land Use Bylaw 2576/LUO/17

  • The maximum size of an election or campaign sign is 1 m2 (10.76 ft2
  • Election signs are permitted in all land use districts and may be placed on municipal property provided they comply with all other regulations
  • Election signs for the same candidate or party must be placed a minimum of 20 metres (65 feet) apart
  • Election signs must be removed from all property within 72 hours following an election
  • Any sign greater than 1 m2 utilized for the purpose of an election or campaign is not considered to be an election sign

All other sign types utilized for the purpose of an election or campaign sign are subject to the regulations for that sign type, and:

  • May only be placed within the land use districts where they are listed as permitted
  • May only be placed on private land (not on municipal land)
  • May require development permit approval

Please contact Planning and Development for more information.


Statutory plans
Download our application to amend an area structure plan. For other types of statutory plans please contact the Planning and Infrastructure Department.
Storage containers

The Land Use Bylaw regulates placement of shipping containers on private property. Shipping containers are only permitted in a residential or commercial district on a temporary basis, and are subject to the following regulations:

  • Must be removed within 30 days
  • Must be placed on private property
  • Must not encroach or obstruct sidewalks and roads
  • Must meet the side yard setbacks for the Land Use District the property is located in
  • Must not impact more than one on-site parking space

You can apply for an intermodal container permit through Municipal Enforcement. The container can be placed on the front street in front of your property only for a period of up to 30 days. The time period permitted is at Enforcement’s discretion as it depends on the street parking availability in the residential area. Contact Municipal Enforcement to learn more.


Download our subdivision application form. For subdivision condominium conversions download our subdivision application for condominium conversions form. For endorsement extensions download our subdivision endorsement extension application form. For extension agreements download our time extension agreement for a subdivision application.