Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is a quasi-judicial statutory body intended to perform an independent 
adjudicative function that hears and makes decisions on appeals related to Development, Subdivisions and Stop Orders.  

The SDAB:

  • Hears and makes decisions on appeals related to stop orders, development and subdivisions.
  • Conducts hearings fairly and in accordance with legislation, administrative law, and the principles of natural justice.
  • Functions in accordance with the Municipal Government Act and Clearwater County's SDAB Bylaw.
  • Hears complaints and function like a legal court.
  • Examines evidence and applies legal rules to their findings.
  • Makes decisions after conducting a fair hearing that complies with legislation.
  • Makes final decisions that cannot be overturned unless an error in some aspect of law or jurisdiction.
For more information, contact the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Clerk:
sdab@clearwatercounty.ca


Frequently asked questions: 

You can appeal a Development Authority’s decision if:

  • Your application for a development permit has been refused.
  • Your application for a development permit was approved with conditions that are unacceptable to you.
  • You have been issued a Stop Order directing you to stop construction or stop the present use of your property.
  • You will be affected by a new development, or new use of someone else’s property.
  • If a development authority refuses or fails to issue a development permit to a person within 40 days of receipt of the application.

You can appeal the Subdivision Authority’s decision if:

  • Your application for a subdivision has been refused.
  • Your application for a subdivision was approved with conditions that you find unacceptable.
  • If a subdivision authority fails or refuses to make a decision on an application for subdivision approval within 60 days of receipt of the application.

Read more about the appeal process in the Clearwater County SDAB Information Guide

To appeal a decision:

  • Submit a completed Notice of Appeal form 
  • Pay the required fee within 21 days of notice of the decision.
  • If an appeal arrives after the 21-day deadline, the Board will decide whether or not it has the right to hear the appeal.

All documents and evidence must be submitted before the hearing to be included in the package to the Board. 

The SDAB may accept evidence after the deadline at their discretion.

Read more about the appeal process in the Clearwater County SDAB Information Guide.