Town of Canmore

Development Permits

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. Construction must commence on the development within one year of the date of approval.

REVIEW TIMES. As per the requirements of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), the Development Authority is required to issue an acknowledgement on the completeness of a Development Permit application within 20 days of its receipt; unless an agreement has been entered into with the applicant to extend this period. Once your application has been deemed complete, the Town of Canmore will issue a decision on your Development Permit application within 40 days; unless an agreement has been entered into with the applicant to extend this period. Once the statutory 21-day appeal window has passed and no appeals received, your development permit will be issued to you.

How Can We Assist You?

When do I need a Development Permit?
For an in-depth list of development that requires a Development Permit please see Section 1.8 - Development Permits Required in the Land Use Bylaw 
When is a Development Permit not required? 
For an in-depth list of development that does not require a Development Permit please see Section 1.9 - Development Permits Not Required in the Land Use Bylaw
What is the cost for a Development Permit?
The cost for a Development Permit can be determined by referencing the fee schedule, which can be found lower on this page.
Who is the Development Authority for approving a Development Permit?
The Development Authority (decision maker) for a permit depends on the type and scale of the application. The three development authorities in Canmore are Development Officers, the Canmore Planning Commission, and Town Council. In most cases, the Development Officers are the Development Authority.  In some cases, development permit applications are presented to the Canmore Planning Commission for a decision at the discretion of the Development Officer.
What happens if my Development Permit is appealed during the 21 day advertising period?
If a development permit decisions is appealed within the 21 days of advertising the Notice of Decision, the application decision must then be reviewed by the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board within 30 days of the Town receiving the appeal.
Do I need a Development Permit for patios on private property in 2021?
Temporary outdoor patios and tents for Eating and Drinking Establishments on private property are exempt from requiring a development permit under Section 1.8.0.1 of the Land Use Bylaw from April 13 2021 to Oct. 15 2021. In lieu of a permit, the Town will provide a letter of authorization for an outdoor patio. Click here for the online application form.


To receive a letter of authorization, the business must provide as part of the application:

1. Name, contact information, physical location/street address of business
2. Proof of valid business license
3. Location of proposed patio
4. If patio is in parking lot, the number of stalls or area to be occupied. Please note that temporary patios cannot occupy handicapped parking spaces
5. Rough sketch showing placement of patio and access point(s)
6. Letter of consent and concurrence with items 3 through 5 above from the owner of the property and Condo Board where applicable.

Upon review of the application, the business will receive a letter of authorization from the Town. Please note that there is also grant funding available to support the creation of COVID-19 Safe Spaces. Click here for more information. For questions, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Do I still need a development permit for in-street patios in 2021?
Yes.

For Main Street businesses operating in the Pedestrian and Cyclist Only Zone, you still require a development permit for a seasonal wood structure patio.  Post and Cable patios operating during the Main Street Pedestrianization only require a Pedestrian Zone Permit (new 2021).
How close to the property line can we build?
This depends on your land use district, and on any other setbacks which need to be taken into account for your property.  First, find out how your property is zoned by looking at the Land Use Bylaw and searching for "Land Use District Maps." Then search for your zoning in either Residential Land Use Districts, Commercial Land Use Districts, Industrial Land Use Districts, or Direct Control Districts to read more about the required setback for your type of property.

Development Permit Process

  1. Pre-Application meetings are required for all major developments and are optional for small developments. You can look to our Other Services page here for more information.
  2. Development Permit submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Applicant contacted to make permit fee payment
  4. Initial review of the application by Development Officer
  5. Notice of Permit Application Posted (10 days) 
    1. You will be required to post a notice of permit application in a visible spot to inform neighbours and any affected parties of your application. 
  6. Final review by Development Officer
  7. Notice of Decision posted (21 day appeal period)
    1. Once a decision has been made, you will be required to post a notice of decision in a visible spot to inform neighbours and any affected parties that the proposed development has been approved. If no appeals to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board clerk are received during this time, the DP can be issued.
  8. Permit issued
    1. Construction must commence on the development within one year of the date of approval

Development Permit Application Form 
Note: Failure to submit this form will result in your application not being processed.

pdf Development Permit Application Form (560 KB)

Development Permit Requirements Checklist
Important Notice: The following documents and the applicable fee(s) are required for a complete application.

pdf Small Development Application Requirements Checklist (219 KB)

pdf Intermediate - Large Development Application Requirements Checklist (157 KB)

pdf Bed and Breakfast Application Requirements Checklist (163 KB)

pdf Home Occupation Application Requirements Checklist & Questionaire (1.34 MB)

pdf Development Permit Additional Requirements Checklist (105 KB)

pdf In Street Patio Requirements Checklist (372 KB)

pdf Temporary Seasonal Business Requirements Checklist (177 KB)

pdf Change of Use Requirements Checklist (146 KB)

Fee Schedule

pdf 2021 Planning and Development Fee Schedule (241 KB)

Apply Now

To submit your development permit please email the Development Permit Application Form and supplemental information outlined in the applicable application requirements list to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Note: For application submissions that exceed 20MB, please call 403.678.1543 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Administration will provide you with a file share link to upload your application submission.

Questions

If you have further questions, please submit them to the Planning & Development Department using the following form.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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