Current Evacuation Status for the Thompson-Nicola
Regional District

  Read more about TNRD EOC

Other Planning Applications

The TNRD manages a broad miscellany of other land use and development approval processes, including but not limited to: Temporary Commercial/Industrial Use Permits, Manufactured Home Parks, Campgrounds, Liquor Licenses, Special Events and Heritage Conservation applications. The following provides a general summary of other matters that Planning Services administers. You are best served to contact us for the specifics on each type of application and the correlating process/fee, etc. Read more about Other Planning Applications

Second Dwellings


Under Bylaw 2400 (the zoning regulation that applies to the all TNRD electoral areas), low density residential zones allow only one detached dwelling per parcel or property. Generally, this dwelling is allowed to have a secondary suite and in some cases this may be a duplex or two family dwelling. Read more about Second Dwellings

Development Permits

A Development Permit is a kind of land use “agreement” enabled under s. 920 of the Local Government Act. It is a discretionary approval, meaning it is decided based upon conformance to Official Community Plan (OCP) policy. Development Permits in the TNRD typically pertain to development in environmentally sensitive areas or hazardous conditions, for example lands adjacent to lakes, streams or wetlands or areas subject to rock fall, erosion, flooding, land slip, avalanche or wildfire.

See the FAQ Sheet below for more detailed information and the application process: Read more about Development Permits

Variances BOV & DVP


Where a property owner seeks relief or “relaxation” of some land use bylaw requirements, they may apply for either a Board of Variance (BOV) or Development Variance Permit (DVP). These applications may vary certain zoning provisions (e.g. reduce a setback distance) or servicing bylaw requirements (e.g. required well volume); however, they cannot be used to vary a permitted use (e.g. to have several detached dwellings on a parcel) – that is called a “rezoning.”

Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)



Most ALR applications are processed through local government (i.e. TNRD) and then, if approved, they are sent onto the Commission. See the FAQ Sheet below for the process and more information. Read more about Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)

Official Community Plans (OCP)

An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a comprehensive statement of goals, objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management across the lands covered by the Plan.  Developed by the community, for the community, an OCP is a legal document that serves to fulfill the community’s aspirations. Read more about Official Community Plans (OCP)