Town of Canmore

Planning & Development

IMPORTANT COVID – 19 UPDATE

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the entire Planning & Development Department is working remotely.  We are diligently working to maintain review and response times, however, we do ask for a level of patience.

Application Submission
Since the Civic Center is currently closed to the public, we ask that all planning and development inquiries and applications be submitted by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . E-mail is preferred to phone calls, as most staff do not have Town of Canmore issued cellphones.  We have two people monitoring this e-mail account to ensure timely responses.

All application forms and drawings should be submitted electronically.  If an application includes large files, we’d ask that applicants please e-mail us in advance of submitting their application and we will advise them where they can send large files. Upon receipt of their application, a member of our team will follow up to arrange for payment.

Building Permit Reviews & Inspections
Permits and Inspections will continue to be conducted unless different direction is provided. Inspections may look a bit different than usual as social distancing practices will be employed while the inspection is being conducted. Screening questions will also be asked at inspection scheduling and before going on-site to determine if it is safe to conduct the inspection.

PLEASE NOTE, below is a list of some slight process changes we’ve had to implement based on current working conditions:

  • Document pick-up: Any documents that would normally be picked up in office will either be e-mailed or postal mailed to the applicant.
  • Notice of Application/Decision: These will be sent electronically to the applicant, for them to print and post.  It will be the applicants responsibility to maintain the integrity of the notice for the duration it is to be posted.
  • Request for Building Plans: we have temporarily suspended requests for building plans until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
  • Documents for Land Titles: we are currently working through how to get documents submitted to Land Titles, as they will not accept electronic signatures.  Applicants are advised that there may be some delays with regard to these documents as we sort through getting wet signatures and the Town seal on these documents.

CPC and SDAB meetings
We are awaiting further direction from the Province as to how we can conduct meetings such as for CPC and SDAB, while still adhering to AHS directives around public gatherings.  The safety of our staff and the community is our first priority.  Therefore, it may take a bit more effort than normal to convene some of these decision making bodies.

Welcome to the Town of Canmore Planning Department - what are you looking for today?

What is the zoning of my property?
What kind of development is allowed (including permitted vs discretionary) in my zoning?
When do I need a building permit?
A Building Permit is needed for the construction of a building, the renovation or addition to a building, and for any change in the type of occupancy of the building.

A Permit is not required for:

  • Maintenance work on roofs or upgrading roofs.  However, because of the fire risk in Canmore, homes in the Town requires roofs be constructed of non combustible or fire retardant materials with a minimum Class B fire rating. 
  • Painting, decorating, re-roofing or re-siding IF matters affecting health and safety are not at risk AND there is no structural change to the building
  • Construction that does not exceed five thousand dollars ($5000) in total prevailing market value IF matters of health and safety are not at risk AND it is not of a structural nature in the opinion of the Safety Codes Officer
  • Construction of an accessory building or structure less than 10m2 (~107 ft2) in area AND located on a temporary foundation AND less than five thousand dollars ($5,000) in total prevailing market value
  • The replacement or alteration of ducting serving a space heating appliance IF it is located in a single family residential dwelling AND there is no design change required to the heating and ventilation system.

Visit Building Permits for more information

When do I need a development permit? 
A development permit is needed for most new construction, or any time there is a change in the way land is used or the intensity of use.  Obtaining a development permit provides assurance that your development is following the Land Use Bylaw. Visit Development Permits for more information.
What permits to I need to obtain for occupancy or for electrical, gas, and plumbing installations?
I can't find the answers on this website - what do I do next? 

Current Planning Applications

A list of planning applications that have been submitted to the Town, and are currently undergoing the review process, or have been approved.

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Building & Development

Building & Development Permits, Fee Schedules, Accessory Suite Information, and Pre-Application request form.

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Planning Reference Materials

Area Structure & Redevelopment Plans, Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Development Plan, Planning & Development FAQ.

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Other Services

Other services through the Planning & Development department.

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Fee Schedule

Current Planning & Development fee schedule.

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AB Building Code-10 Minute Emergency Response Time

The Alberta Building Code has changed to require some homes to use different construction materials and designs to improve fire resistance.

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Planning & Development FAQ

Frequently asked questions regarding building & development, permits, public engagement and the land use bylaw.

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