Planning Services

The following is an update regarding the business operations of the Planning & Development Services Department considering the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.  

UPDATE - Nov. 1, 2020: Planning & Development Services Department staff have partially returned full-time to the MD office. Please note however, to limit the traffic in-and-out of our office we still require all Planning related applications to be submitted electronically (see instructions below). We are still accepting general inquires by telephone or email.

For meetings, we encourage conference and/or video calls via Microsoft Teams. Requests for in-person meetings will be considered on a case by case basis. If a meeting is required, please contact Planning Staff to set a meeting time prior to coming to the office, and they will provide Covid-19 procedures in place that must be adhered to.

Through these unpredictable circumstances, our goal is to maintain a satisfactory level of government service, however we ask for your patience and understanding.

Application Submission
As mentioned above, please submit all Development Permit Applications and Compliance Requests via e-mail to:

Alternatively, please submit any Subdivision and Land Use Bylaw amendment applications to:

Please note that all application forms and drawings should be submitted electronically. Under the circumstances, we have relaxed our practices to accept pictures of documents to be sent via email when a person does not have scanning capability.  If an application includes large files, we kindly request that applicants please e-mail us in advance of submitting their application and we will advise them when large sets of drawings can be dropped off at the MD office in Exshaw.

Upon receipt of an application, a member of our team will follow up to arrange for payment.  A review of your application will then take place. You will be advised by email the status of your application review.

Building Permit Reviews & Inspections
The M.D. is no longer an accredited municipality for building services. Information on the Cancellation of Building Permit Services

UPDATED - Nov. 1, 2020: Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) and Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) Meetings
These meetings are being conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All regular MPC and S/DAB Meetings will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Members of the Public are invited to watch the Live Stream of these meetings on the MD of Bighorn YouTube Channel.

Participation at the virtual Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) meeting is open to the public via telephone and video conferencing. The MPC will hear from staff, the applicant and then those person(s) claiming to be affected by a proposal(s). For more information, please contact the Planning & Development Services department.

Participation for appeal hearings, please contact the Executive Assistant, Leslie Rea (

Note: regular MPC Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of each month, and S/DAB Meetings are advertised. Please use the Notify Me option for when Agenda's are posted for meetings on the MD website.

UPDATED - Nov. 1, 2020: Below is a list of small process changes we’ve had to implement based on current working conditions:

  • Document pick-up: The MD office in Exshaw is currently open to the public for general services. Pick-up of hardcopies of permits or documents can be arranged with Planning Staff. 
  • Notice of Application/Decision: These will be sent electronically (via email), and a signed hardcopy will be sent by post. 
  • Documents for Land Titles:  The Administration and Planning staff are in the office, please contact Planning Staff to coordinate any documents that are required to be sent to Land Titles. Note that there may be some delays with regard to the Land Titles process, and we request your patience. 
  • Compliance Assessments: These will be sent electronically to the applicant, and hardcopies can be mailed or available for pick-up at the MD office in Exshaw.
  • Payment methods: By credit card via the M.D.’s website or by mailing a cheque to the M.D. office.

Please refer back to this page for future updates on information regarding the M.D.’s Planning & Development Services Department. We are committed to providing the best possible service as we also ensure the health and safety of the public and our team members.