Appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

Just like in the courts, decisions on subdivisions and development permits can be appealed to a higher body, in this case, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). The SDAB is a quasi-judicial board that hears appeals regarding decisions made by the City of Spruce Grove’s Subdivision Authority and Development Authority, and renders decisions based on the evidence presented. The SDAB is independent from the City of Spruce Grove and is comprised of Spruce Grove residents (citizen members).

Considering an appeal?

An appeal can be filed on a decision of the Subdivision Authority concerning a subdivision application, a decision of the Development Authority concerning a development permit application, or a stop order issued by the Development Authority.  To determine whether you have the right to appeal, please refer to the Municipal Government Act .

Appeal period

An appeal must be filed within the relevant appeal period of receipt of written notice on a decision from the Development Authority or the Subdivision Authority:

Development Permit Decision Appeal 21 days
Stop Order Appeal 21 days
Subdivision Decision Appeal  14 days

How do I file an appeal?

You have the right to appeal the Subdivision Authority’s or Development Authority’s decision to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board prior to 4:30 p.m. of the appeal expiry date.

Submit your appeal, with the required fee, by submitting the following documentation to the SDAB Clerk:

In person By mail
315 Jespersen Avenue
Spruce Grove, Alberta
Clerk of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
c/o City Clerk’s Office
City of Spruce Grove
315 Jespersen Avenue
Spruce Grove, Alberta 
T7X 3E8

Please note:

  • if you mail the appeal documentation, it must be received on or before the final date of the appeal period.
  • your appeal is not considered to be filed until payment is received in full. A delay in making payment can result in the expiration of the appeal period. Appeals will be processed during regular business hours.

After an appeal is filed

Once an appeal is filed it will be scheduled for a hearing within 30 days.  At least 5 days' notice of the hearing will be given to those persons specified in the Municipal Government Act.  

Appeal decisions

In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, the SDAB will give its decision in writing together with reasons for the decision within 15 days after concluding the hearing.

Further recourse

An appeal lies to the Court of Appeal on a question of law or jurisdiction with respect to a decision of the SDAB in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. It is recommended that you consult with legal counsel if you are considering an appeal to the Court of Appeal.  

Information guide

For more information, refer to the City's Subdivision and Development Appeal Board information guide to assist with getting started. 

Additional information

If you need any more information about an appeal with the SDAB, please send your inquiry to:

SDAB Clerk
Email the SDAB Clerk