Langley Development Permit Application Guide

The City of Langley has an in-depth process for reviewing development permit applications. The applications are reviewed at several levels from various city departments and the City Council. All applications for development permits are processed by the City’s Development Services Department. 

Getting permission to develop a property in Langley involves several steps. In order to make your application process easier, we’ve listed the steps you need to take to get your project going, and explain how and when Simple Sign can help facilitate this process for you. 

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Step 1: Pre Application Review

The first step in acquiring a development permit in Langley is to review your development’s adherence to all City plans, policies, and regulations that are applicable. These include official community plans, zoning by-laws, and engineering requirements. If your proposed development also requires a change in zoning, check out Simple Sign’s Guide on Applying for a Rezoning Permit in Langley. Be sure to check where your property lands on the official community plan map as well.

Step 2: Submit Your Development Permit Application

When filling out the application, ensure that all guidelines have been met in order to reduce processing time and improve your application’s chance of approval. Ensure to include all supporting documents. 

The Development Application form is available online here, and can be submitted to Langley’s Development Services Department.

Step 3: Initial Review of Your Development Application

Your development application will be assigned to a city planner from the Development Services Department for a comprehensive review of guidelines for developments and zoning. After this initial review, if there are any missing resources or information the planner will request for submission of these documents. 

Your application may also be reviewed by other involved city departments and outside agencies for further analysis and comments. During this review, you may have to provide additional documents for clarification or make revisions to your application.

Step 4: Requirement of  Development Application Signs

At this point, the City of Langley will request for the applicant to install one or more development application signs on their property that notifies other landowners and community members of your plans, and that an application has been submitted.

The City will send the applicant a letter to outline how many signs are required and also the exact text which should be included on the development application sign(s). This process often means dealing with the hassles of approval, dealing with sign shops, and the annoyance of building frames to display your signs properly.

The team at Simple Sign can use this letter from the city planner to create the graphic design for the sign and install the development sign quickly and at a competitive price point.
Simple Sign is also able to proof any development sign information to ensure it meets requirements and submit sign information directly to the City for approval.
We guarantee the installation of development signs within 3 business days, removing the burden of handling signage design and installation from your busy schedule. 
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Step 5: Further Review and Development Application Approval or Denial

After the initial review of your development application, the City may require you to present your proposed project to the Advisory Planning Commission (APC). This panel reviews the project for objectives in the development area and will offer recommendations for revisions to the proposal before it reaches the Council. 

The final review is completed by Langley’s City Council at a regular council meeting where they analyze the report generated by the APC. You are welcome to attend this meeting alongside any other members of the public. If the Council has any issues with the proposed project it may be sent back to the Development Services Department for revisions. Otherwise, it is approved or denied.

Step 6: Public Hearing and Issuance of Permit

The City of Langley requires all development permit applications to be reviewed at a public hearing. The neighbouring property owners to the proposed development are notified of the hearing and encouraged to voice their opinions and concerns to the Council on the project at this hearing. Applicants are encouraged to attend the public hearing. 

Provided that all project requirements are met and the Public Hearing does not present any issues with the project, issuance of the development permit will be granted by the city staff, and you may proceed with a building permit.