The types of development applications required depend on the scale of the work and change proposed. The City's How Development Happens (PDF) handout provides an example of how the development process happens in Coquitlam.
Though there are numerous types of development applications, the City of Coquitlam generally processes them concurrently as part of a combined project. For more detail on each development application type visit the pages below.
New applications are to be submitted through the City’s file transfer service, Coquitlam QFile:
Note - the same type of documents are to be submitted as one set. For example users will submit one Architectural set rather than individual pages.
To submit documents for a new project, see our video tutorial.
Printed full sized drawings are no longer required at the time of initial submission. File Managers may request them for their review at a later date.
When delivering or dropping off any letters or drawings to the Planning and Development Department, please clearly indicate on the front of the item:
City Hall is currently open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on all Statutory Holidays.
If you have items for drop-off you may come to City Hall. If you plan to drop off items after hours, you may use the City Hall drop box in the ground level parkade off of Burlington Drive. However, this drop box is only for small items.
City Hall is currently open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on all Statutory Holidays. Please ensure the person sent for pickup has a staff name as a reference for contact, an address for the property involved and / or project number.
All cheques must be sent to Development Planning. Cheques sent directly to Financial Services will not be processed and may delay project intake. Print a copy of the invoice provided to you by staff with a cheque payable to City of Coquitlam and mailed to:
Attention: Development Planning
Coquitlam City Hall, Development Services
3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam BC V3B 7N2
Another option is to pay in person at the Finance front counter at City Hall. They accept all forms of payment. Acquire the invoice from the Development Planning counter prior to paying and return a copy of the paid invoice to Development Planning so that your project intake may continue.
The Development Application Process Review (DAPR) is a top-level priority in the annual business plan and supports the City’s strategic goal of Excellence in City Governance. With the aim of enhancing all aspects of the application process, the work has entailed a detailed review and update of workflows, steps, timelines, tools, standards and associated guidelines and policies.
The DAPR efforts build on in-house expertise with best practices and industry feedback. This has included quarterly meetings between the City and Urban Development Institute, along with a four-session Developer Forum workshop series in 2019 and 2020/2021. Coquitlam also helped form Municipal Innovators Community - West, a network of public servants across Metro Vancouver that meets to share innovative process improvements, best practices and lessons learned. Coquitlam hosted the most recent virtual session held in June 2021.
In July of 2022, the DAPR team launched the Development Information Portal that allows users to look up Development Projects by status within the City of Coquitlam. Up to date information is now publicly available on a dynamic map for all current and recently approved development applications. You can filter by status as well as download a data table of project information.