Temporary Use Permits
A Temporary Use Permit allows temporary commercial and industrial uses not permitted by current zoning on a property.
A Temporary Use Permit can set specific guidelines for conditions of use and may be approved for a maximum of three years. The permit may be renewed only once for additional period of up to three years.
- Access the Official Community Plan (OCP) for policies, land use designation and development permit areas. Visit PoCoMAP to view the current OCP designation of a property. If applicable to your project, consult the City’s information on Official Community Plan amendments.
- If applicable to your project, consult the City’s information on rezoning or OCP amendments.
- If applicable to your project, consult the City’s information on Development Permits and small lot development.
- If your development is within 50 meters of a watercourse, consult the Watercourse Development Permits page.
- Review the Parking and Development Management Bylaw to determine parking and loading requirements.
- Please consult other documents including the Community Charter; Local Government Act; Land Title Act; Strata Property Act; City bylaws (such as the Subdivision Servicing Bylaw, Tree Bylaw, and Soil Removal and Deposit Bylaw) and other municipal legislation and policies as may be applicable for specific requirements.
- If you are building a new structure or making significant upgrades, consult the Build or Renovate a Structure page.
- If applicable to your project, consider employing professionals familiar with development to assist in the application process.
Submit a complete Temporary Use Permit application, including the application fee (see below) and a primary contact for all communications regarding the application. Staff are only able to accept complete applications.For more detailed information on requirements, consult the checklist attached to the permit application form.
It usually takes three to four months to obtain a decision on a temporary use permit application; the timing varies depending upon the complexity, comprehensiveness of the application, time to revise plans in response to identified issues and timing of Committee meetings.
Fees, Charges, and Security/Deposit
All application fees are outlined in Schedule D of the Fees and Charges Bylaw.
There may be legal costs associated with your Temporary Use Permit application. Restrictive covenants, statutory right-of-ways or other legal agreements and documents may be required.
The appointed Planning File Manager will circulate the application to staff in other departments and any other applicable outside agencies. The primary contact will be notified about any requests for information or revisions. Enquiries about the status of the application should be directed to the Planning File Manager.
Smart Growth Committee
A staff report will be considered by the Smart Growth Committee (SGC), which typically meets twice a month. The SGC will either instruct the Corporate Officer to give notice pertaining to the temporary use in accordance with the Local Government Act, request further information, forward the application to Council for a decision, or refuse the application.
If the SGC chooses to give notice of the application, the Committee will hear from anyone who wishes to provide comments at a subsequent meeting. The SCG will make a decision on the application after it closes the Public Meeting
If SGC approves the temporary use permit, staff will prepare the Permit and Notice of Permit for signatures and registration at the Land Titles Office. You must register the signed Permit within one year of the date of approval.
Prior to issuing the Temporary Use Permit, the City may require a security deposit to ensure the terms of the permit are adhered to or the property is returned to its former state upon permit expiration, such as demolishing or removing a building. The security will be returned upon.
Location and Mailing Address
City Hall Annex (Above the Bank of Montreal, 200-2564 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 3G4
Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)