Thank you for visiting this webpage and for learning more about how the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is providing planning services during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a local government, we care deeply about the communities we serve and we do not take this responsibility lightly. We are working closely with our member local governments (City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, K’ómoks First Nation and Village of Cumberland) to see how we can best protect and keep our communities safe while continuing to offer the public a high level of service.

On March 16, 2020, all CVRD offices were closed to in-person visits until further notice. However, we are still providing uninterrupted planning services. Our planning staff continue to process applications and are available to help you with any planning questions or concerns you may have. We hope that you can find answers to many of your questions below, but please contact us by phone at 250-334-6006 or by visiting this page if you have any other questions.

These questions and general answers are provided for convenience only and are not intended to be used for legal purposes or as a substitute for professional advice. If you still have questions, please contact us.

Do I need to submit a planning application for the work I am wanting to complete?

Yes, you still need to submit a planning application for any development activities you wish to pursue. We are still accepting and processing new applications. For more general planning questions (not related to COVID-19), please visit our Planning FAQ webpage.

When will your office open again?

At this point, we are closed until further notice. We are assessing the situation daily and are relying on information from our provincial and federal health officials. In the meantime, we are available to help you over the phone at 250-334-6006 or by email.

How can I submit a planning application while your office is closed to visitors?

Application forms can be downloaded here. Contact CVRD planning staff before submitting an application. Your development application (permits, variances, bylaw amendments), including all required supporting documentation, can be submitted via email to the email address found on the application form. Please ensure that your planning application is complete with required professional assessments outlined in the application.

A planner will reach out to you if we need further clarification or information, but the best way to avoid delays in processing your application is to ensure that it is complete when it is first submitted.

How can I pay the application fee?

Once your application has been received and determined to be complete, a planner will contact you by telephone. Fees will only be accepted by mail or courier via cheque or over the phone by credit card. We will email you a receipt after the payment is processed.

Cheques should be payable to “Comox Valley Regional District” and can be mailed to: 

Planning and Development Services
Comox Valley Regional District
770 Harmston Ave
Courtenay BC  V9N 0G8

Will the CVRD still conduct site visits?

Site visits are an important component of the application process. During this time, however, we are suspending all site visits unless they are, by some measure, deemed absolutely necessary. The determination of this is up to CVRD planning staff. In lieu of this, we will ask all applicants to submit photographs of their property via email. If you are unsure of what we might be looking for, contact us to discuss this. Please send all photographs via email to the planner that was assigned your file rather than the generic planning email address.

If my permit needs Board approval, will these meetings still happen and can I still attend?

Local governments have legal obligations, per provincial legislation (such as the Local Government Act and the Community Charter), that need to be met. Some of these obligations include having certain permits approved by the Board, and ensuring that meetings are open to the public. Any applications involving public participations will likely be delayed for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency to support mandated social distancing.