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How much time does this take?

Development Approvals are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and both the number of applications in the system, and the complexity of each one can affect the timing. The ministry is working toward a target of an average of 110 days from application to preliminary decision. Typically a proposal which comes in with a complete application and all the supporting documents takes less than 180 days to reach Preliminary Layout Review stage, depending on the nature of the proposal. Approval times vary around the province due to seasonal conditions, staffing levels within and outside the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and process times at the local government level. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff can give you a time estimate when you apply. 

After you have received Preliminary Layout Review, you have a year to complete servicing of your development and submit plans for the Final Approval.  Final Approval takes up to 60 days maximum.  Plans must be registered at the Land Title Office within 60 days of Final Approval.



What could cause the application to take longer?

Expect delays if you hand in incomplete information, if referring agencies delay making recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, or if your application requires numerous site visits.

If your application is incomplete, it cannot be processed.  Applications are dealt with in the order that they arrived, and your proposal can spend time in the queue, only to be handed back with a request for more information.  Please make sure you have included all the information listed on our checklists as you prepare your preliminary application.

Review by other agencies can take longer in some cases, especially if there are applications and authorizations involved or if your application is forwarded to additional agencies for review.  While the Ministry makes every effort to expedite the process, you may wish to contact the referral agency directly to try to resolve issues which have reached an impasse or are delayed due to lack of information.  For instance the Health Authorities may not understand your intent with respect to drinking water or sewage disposal.  A Regional District may have a land use or zoning concern.  These issues can often be resolved by your direct contact rather than the Ministry acting as an intermediary for you.

The Approving Officer may require examination and report(s) on the proposed subdivision prior to preliminary decision. Any investigation by professionals and subsequent review will take additional time.