Certificate of Compliance
Selling your property? The Town can provide confirmation that it complies with the Land Use Bylaw.
A Certificate of Compliance, or compliance stamp, is a confirmation that the site location of the buildings(s) complies with the requirements of the Town of High River Land Use Bylaw based on examination of a Real Property Report.
The Certificate of Compliance does not enforce any Safety Code requirements.
The Certificate of Compliance is not a requirement of the Town – it is a service that the Town provides upon request and requires payment.
Typically, real estate transactions require such compliance as a condition of sale.
Once you have decided to sell your property, you should apply for a Compliance Certificate at your earliest convenience to avoid any potential delay. Read this certificate of compliance handout for more information.
A Registered Alberta Land Surveyor must prepare or update a Real Property Report.
As of March 2020, the Town of High River Planning Division will be process compliance requests digitally only until further notice.
To submit a Real Property Report for compliance, please follow the instructions below.
Send the following items to Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Digital color copy of the Real Property Report stamped by a surveyor.
- Completed Compliance Zoning Letter Application form
- Payment can be submitted through a completed Credit Card Authorization Form. Fees are based on the type of service requested.
Note: If a Real Property Report is more than ninety (90) days old, a Statutory Declaration will be required from the registered owner confirming that all building locations as shown on the Real Property Report are accurate and no changes have been made since the date of the RPR. This Statutory Declaration must also be submitted digitally.
Processing and Timelines
All Certificate of Compliance requests can be submitted to the High River Planning and Development Services Division during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Or you can mail your Certificate of Compliance request with a cheque payment to:
Planning & Development Services Division
309B Macleod Trail S.W.
High River, AB T1V 1Z5
We understand that Certificate of Compliance requests are typically time sensitive. Standard response time is within 7 business days. Priority Service is available in which you will receive a response within 2 to 3 business days. Occasionally some compliance requests require more information and may need further time to conduct research.
Note: In accordance with the amended process described above, all digital requests for Compliance will be reviewed and processed in the order they are received, and based on the timelines associated with either the regular service (7 business days) or expedited service (3 business days) as indicated by the applicant.
Next Steps if my Property Does not Comply
If your property does not meet the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw, you will receive a letter outlining your options to bring your property into compliance. The possible options may include applying for a variance, entering into an encroachment agreement or removal or relocation of a building on the property, most commonly sheds. Planning and Development Services are always available to discuss options with the property owner.
In the event a building is moved to bring a property into compliance, a Statutory Declaration is required to be signed by the property owner stating that the work was completed and the property is now in compliance with the Land Use Bylaw.
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