Permits & Information

Development Permits and Zoning Regulation

Please be advised of the following changes to the Development Permit application process (September/October 2021):

  • All new developments require the main floor elevation to be provided on surveyor’s location certificates. (Applies to Development Permit applications submitted on or after September 14, 2021.) Click here for more information.
  • Development Permit application fees must be paid up-front, once your application is accepted as complete. There are also new formulas for calculating securities.
  • Application forms have been substantially revised. Click here for new and updated application forms.

A Development Permit authorizes development on land within the city of Whitehorse. “Development” means any new use, change of use, or change of intensity of use on any land within the city.

A Development Permit affirms that the proposed development conforms to the applicable regulations of the Zoning Bylaw. This includes ensuring that the proposed use is permitted in the zone in which the site is located, that the site design incorporates all required elements such as landscaping, access and parking, walkways, waste areas, etc., and that the building(s) conforms to all development regulations such as setbacks, building height, site coverage, etc.

A Development Permit is required prior to any development taking place. Development Permits are typically required prior to issuance of a Building Permit or Business Licence.

Exemptions from requiring a Development Permit are described in section 4.2 of the Zoning Bylaw.

Complete applications can be submitted by email, mail or in person. Once the application has been received, a Development Officer will contact you to make arrangements for payment of the application fees.

Follow this link for all application forms, including checklists for a complete application, and example plans.

How to submit by email:

Send complete application by email to [email protected].

Completed application forms may be scanned and attached to the email.

Supporting documents (plans, etc.) may be attached in PDF format. If too large to attach to an email, a link may be provided to download the documents from a cloud service. Photographs of plans are not accepted.

How to submit by mail or in person:

Application forms and plans may be submitted in person to our office at 6-151 Industrial Road, or by mail to City of Whitehorse, Land & Building Services, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1C2.

One printed set of supporting documents must be included. The Development Officer may require that a digital set of plans in PDF format also be provided.

Guide for Residential Construction

  • Construct an accessory building or accessory structure greater than 10 square metres
  • Repair, renovate or add to an existing building
  • Remove, relocate, alter or construct interior walls
  • Complete a previously unfinished area in an existing building (basement, carport, etc.)
  • Construct a porch or sundeck
  • Cover or enclose a porch or sundeck
  • Demolish, relocate or move a building
  • Place a mobile/manufactured homes
  • Install an oil burning appliance and tank, chimney, wood/pellet stove, and furnace
  • Install an HRV
  • Building a fence
  • Painting
  • Roofing repairs and re-roofing (nothing structural)
  • Exterior finish maintenance, repair, or replacement
  • Replacing deck boards – as long as size of deck is not changing
  • Accessory structures less than 10 sq. m in area (placement of accessory structures must comply with Zoning Bylaw setback requirements)
  • Application form
  • Site Plan – must show property lines and dimensions of lot, setbacks from building to property lines, accurate location of structure on the site, any and all existing structures on the site
  • Two sets of drawings – truss layout including engineered details (if applicable), foundation and floor plans, typical cross-sections, and construction details
  • Any additional information requested during the building permit processing

Processing time for Building Permits can vary throughout the year and depends on the type and complexity of the project. During the busy construction season (April to October), please allow up to three weeks for Building Permit approval. Large projects may take longer. Generally, the more complete the submission, the quicker the processing time.

All applications are subject to the base permit fee of $150.00 plus 0.71% of construction value for new construction. You may call the office to obtain an estimate for your project at (867) 668-8340.

Plumbing permits are issued separately. The fee is $150.00 plus $7.50 per fixture.

A $150.00 base fee is charged for all permits. For the installation of wood stove and chimney permits, ensure you have complete the installation form prior to inspection. All oil burning appliance and tank installation permits require the submission of the Oil-fired System Inspection Form before final approval will be issued. HRV installations are required to be designed by a certified designer and balanced by a certified energy auditor before final approval.