Potential Development

Development is encouraged in the Village of Nakusp. Development enhances our community by bringing jobs, people, facilities, improved lifestyle and greater community security.

Development in Nakusp is regulated to ensure that it is up to community standards and fits with our current and long-term planning objectives.

Please familiarize yourself with the applicable bylaws and regulations. We recommend you contact Village staff early in the planning stages of your project to get our feedback on your plans and to inquire as to the permits required.

Regional Housing Needs Assessment

The Regional District of Central Kootenay and its project consultants completed the Regional Housing Needs Assessment project on behalf of the Village of Nakusp. The reports are available for review.

Nakusp Community Summary

Arrow Lakes Sub-Region Report

Arrow Lakes Sub-Region Engagement Report

What to Expect

Pre-Development Meeting – A pre-development meeting is required where planning staff will assist with the Planning & Development Approval Application for developments that require an Official Community Plan or Zoning Bylaw Amendment, Temporary Use Permit, Development Variance Permit (minor or major), or a Development Permit (minor or major). Please contact the Village at 250-265-3689 or info@nakusp.com to arrange a meeting before proceeding. The Planning & Development Approval Application can be found in Forms & Fee’s.

Zoning Amendments – Is the property currently zoned for what you want to use it for? If not, you will need to apply for a zoning amendment and possibly an Official Community Plan amendment. Learn more about zoning.

Development Permits – Is the property located within a development permit area? If so, you will need apply for a Development Permit prior to renovating, alteration, or any other structural changes that you would like to do to the property.

Non-Conforming Properties – Is the property or the buildings non-conforming? If they are, you may not be able to make the changes to the property that you would like.

Historical Use – What was the historical use of the property? You may be required to submit a Phase 1 or Phase 2 Environment Site Assessment prior to any development that you propose. Here is the link to the Registered BC Surveyor. Find a Land Surveyor – Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (abcls.ca)

You may need the BC Provincial Government’s page on Contamination Sites Site remediation – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Subdivision – Are you considering purchasing a property with the intent to subdivide? Be sure to check the current Zone of the property. Also, please review the Zoning Bylaw and the Subdivision and Development Services Bylaw.

Utilities – Building on raw land, no matter the size of your project, will require a water and sewer connection. If the property is located within the Village of Nakusp boundaries, an application form for new water or sewer connections are here.

Temporary Use Permit (TUP) – The owner of land may apply to the Village for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) when they want to do something on their land that is not permitted by the village’s zoning bylaw.  The application must be submitted, with the associated fee, and it will be reviewed by council and made available for public inspection.  There is no guarantee whether Council will approve a TUP and the public will be provided notice of the application and are invited to comment on it. More information is available here.  

Note: These are key aspects to consider before purchasing a property and, even though most applications are approved, be prepared for a process that could take several months to complete and a possibility that you might not receive approval.


Whether you are buying or selling your business in Nakusp, relocating to our beautiful area, or even just dreaming about living, working and investing here, these resources may be helpful.

Our Welcome package outlines the resources Nakusp has to offer to get you going.

Building Inspector

Haley Pedersen
Administrative Assistant – Building, RDCK
204 – 6th Ave NW
T 250 265 4111
F 250 265 2203

Additional Resources

Find a Land SurveyorAssociation of British Columbia Land Surveyors (abcls.ca)
Chamber of Commerce Businesses in the Nakusp area
To learn more about property values, visit BC Assessment – Independent, uniform and efficient property assessment
Find out how you can benefit from government grantsBC Housing Grant: Community Housing Fund – Program and Proposal Process (bchousing.org)
Visit the Nakusp Facebook group for those seeking and offering housing rentals
Regional Transit info
Parks and trails
Parks, open space, recreation trails strategy map

Interested in more information?

Reach out to our main office and we will respond to you shortly.