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 Land Use Permits product shares features and functionalities with the Building and Planning products. Since many building permits require a land use permit to be issued first, Cloudpermit's Land Use Permits product helps bridge the gap between the land use permit and building permit processes.

Municipal planning departments can accept and issue each of these online using Cloudpermit for a precise end-to-end procedure. You can apply for conditional use, special use, or zoning permits in the Cloudpermit Land Use Permits feature.

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.

Cloudpermit displays you the correct application workspace with the required forms and attachments (if any attachments are required for the permit type) based on the category type selected. 

Cloudpermit guides you through filling out the required application data, uploading your plans and other documents that will help municipal authorities understand your project, signing off on the application, and submitting it to the municipality's planning department via 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. The review phase may include other application reviews required from other planning professionals in the municipality. The municipal authorities may assign the application to the Council and Committee meeting(s) to receive a decision.

Council and Committee Meetings

The feature for Council and Committee Meetings is for Special Use and Conditional Use permits.

Following a strict municipality-based protocol, these meetings are held to decide on planning applications under agreed-upon policies in the local government. Each approval application can be assigned to an upcoming meeting enabled within Cloudpermit, automatically creating and sharing agendas and other relevant documents within the Committee and Council Meetings feature. 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.

Through Cloudpermit's Public Notice feature, municipal authorities can notify the public online of specific planning application-related matters and display an advertisement in their local newspapers. Citizens can self-register to receive the application decision, either approval or denial, through a link or a QR code the municipality will provide on its website or social media.

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 believe are contrary to planning policy, granted planning permission with conditions you disagree with, or if your planning application is not decided within the agreed-upon deadline. Your application will be assigned to the appeals tribunal.

When the municipal planning authority receives your objection, your application will be moved to the "Appealed" step in Cloudpermit and assigned to the appeal tribunal. Your application also includes an "Application Appeals" section with the tribunal, appeal date, and upcoming meetings.

After decision

The municipal authority either rejects the application or returns it to the review stage to continue the process based on the decision.

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 is downloadable in 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. The application has undergone all required approval steps, and the land use permit has been issued. 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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