Planning & Development


Building Construction in Big Lakes County

Planning & Development is a diverse department here at Big Lakes County. It combines many different sectors and professions to improve our communities and to help build a better future.

Together we strive to make a difference in our communities today and tomorrow.

Please note, all safety codes permits (building, electrical, gas, plumbing, private sewage) are issued on the County's behalf through The Inspections Group Inc.  

Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie have developed an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). The IDP provides an opportunity for collaboration on matters important to both the County and Town including service provision, land use, environmental protection, and future development patterns.

The objectives of the IDP are:

  • Comply with all IDP requirements;
  • Engage with community members and stakeholders in all parts of the project;
  • Identify options for service provision between the County and Town; and
  • Identify future land uses for the IDP area and establish regulations for intermunicipal referrals.

Business Licenses

Big Lakes County is now offering business licenses to our residents!

Applications are FREE and can be picked up at our office or filled out online and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Business License Application

​Having a license shows your customers that your business meets requirements and is permitted to operate within the County. Licensed businesses will benefit by being added the County Business Directory, and receiving business-related information or training opportunities directly from the County. By Licensing your business with the County you can also increase your brand awareness (our office is often asked for a list of tradespeople), and help provide the County with key information to support the community during an emergency response.


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