Land Use Permits Description

The Cloudpermit Land Use Permits product is a sub-product of the Planning product and supplies online land use permits for builders and local government planning authorities. 

The Cloudpermit Building and Planning products have some of the same features and functions as the Cloudpermit Land Use Permits product. Since many building permits require a land use permit to be issued first, this product helps bridge the gap between the land use permit and building permit processes. 

Using Cloudpermit, municipal planning departments can accept and give out each land use permit online for a precise process from beginning to end. In the Cloudpermit Land Use Permits feature, you can apply for conditional, special, or zoning permits.

Application creation and submission

The user dashboard is where the application creation process begins. You will choose "Land Use" for the application type and select a category, i.e., a permit type with a work type and target.

See the following support articles for creating a building permit application and creating a land use permit application.

Depending on the category type you choose, Cloudpermit shows you the right application workspace with the necessary forms and attachments (if any attachments are needed for the permit type). 

Cloudpermit helps you fill out the necessary application information, upload your plans and other documents that will help the city understand your project, sign the application, and send it to the city's planning department through Cloudpermit. That way, you will submit a correct application with all necessary details.

Review step

Municipal planning authorities will review each land use permit application separately in Cloudpermit. During the review phase, other applications may need to be reviewed by other planning experts in the municipality. The municipal government may send the application to a meeting of the council and/or a committee to make a decision.

Council and Committee Meetings

The feature for "Council and Committee Meetings" is for special use and conditional use permits.

These meetings are held to decide on planning applications based on policies that have been agreed upon by the local government. They do this by following a strict protocol set by the municipality. Each approval application can be linked to a meeting that's coming up. Cloudpermit's "Committee and Council Meetings" feature will automatically create and share agendas and other relevant documents. Also, the decision will be uploaded to the application's "Council's Decision" section.

Public Notice

The "Public Notice" feature is available for special use and conditional use permits.

With Cloudpermit's Public Notice feature, city planners can let the public know about specific planning application issues online and in their local newspapers. The municipality will post a link or QR code on its website or social media so that people can sign up on their own to find out if their application was approved or not.

Public Notice and Appeals

The proposed development will be discussed at a public hearing, which the public can attend through Cloudpermit. Following community and neighborhood feedback, the local municipal council will make the final decision, which will be published in Cloudpermit. Your application will be approved or rejected.

You have the right to appeal if you are denied planning permission for reasons you think go against planning policy, if you are given planning permission with conditions you don't agree with, or if your planning application is not decided by the agreed-upon deadline. Your application will be assigned to the appeals tribunal.

When the municipal planning authority gets your objection, your application will be moved to the "Appealed" step in Cloudpermit and given to the appeal tribunal. Your application also has a section called "Application Appeals," which lists the tribunal, the date of the appeal, and the meetings that are coming up.

After decision

Depending on what they decide, the local government either rejects the application or sends it back to the review stage to continue the process.

Permit issuance

The municipal planning authority will issue the permit once that step has been approved. The permit will be issued in the Cloudpermit approval application and can be downloaded from the "Permits" section. Applicants will be notified once the permit has been issued.


The "Fulfillment" step is the final step in the land use permit process in Cloudpermit. All of the necessary steps have been taken to approve the application, and the land use permit has been given. The municipal authority sets the application to the "Finished" step. 

Linking workspaces

When a user has created a zoning, special use, or conditional use permit application and needs a building permit, the building permit can be initiated from each of the previously mentioned permits in Cloudpermit. That way, Cloudpermit can help the applicants by copying information from the permit applications mentioned previously and linking the workspaces. Usually, the building permit application is created when the zoning, special use, or conditional use permit is issued. Still, sometimes the application is completed and submitted before the zoning, special use, or conditional use permit is issued.

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