Homes and development

Bylaws & Land Use Regulations


  • The Official Community Plan (OCP) contains long-term objectives and policies that guide decision-making regarding land use, development, services, amenities and infrastructure. The OCP also establishes development permit areas and heritage conservation areas.
  • The Zoning Bylaw establishes different zones for agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial areas. A zoning bylaw is a tool that defines how land may be used or developed. Regulations in a zone limit the uses, density, size, height and location of buildings on a property.
  • The Building and Plumbing Bylaw applies to the construction and occupancy of new buildings and to the alteration, demolition and occupancy of existing buildings. Building and Plumbing permits ensure that buildings are safe, liveable, accessible and sustainable.
  • Engineering design criteria in the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw set out the requirements for the works and services required to support the subdivision or development of land. Developers install required improvements at their expense. Improvements can include: new or upgraded service connections, sidewalks, streetlights, roads, crosswalks, or increasing capacity of Delta's water, sewer or storm infrastructure.  
  • The Development Cost Charges Bylaw enables the City to collect fees from developers to help offset the costs associated with new development. The charges help finance: roads, drainage, sewer and water projects and parkland acquisition. Not-for-profit housing developments may be eligible for a waiver of Delta's DCCs. See Delta's DCC Waiver Bylaw for more information.
  • The Tree Protection and Regulation Bylaw regulates the cutting of trees in Delta and establishes requirements for tree replacement.
  • The Sign Bylaw establishes rules for the placement of signs on a property or building in Delta. This bylaw regulates the size, shape, height and location of signs.
  • The Ladner Village Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw encourages investment in commercial, multi-unit residential, and mixed-use development in Ladner Village by allowing tax exemptions and fee reductions for eligible projects. Eligible projects within the Ladner Village Economic Investment Incentive Zone can apply to have property taxes “frozen” at existing rates and building and plumbing permit fees reduced. The goal of this program is to help revitalize the local economy and create a vibrant community. For more information, please see the Application Guide for Ladner Village Tax Exemptions and Fee Reductions.