Town of Canmore

Other Services

File Search Request

If you would like to view or get a copy/scan of the building plans for your property (or any other information on file for your property), please fill out and submit a pdf Building Plans Viewing Request form (559 KB) .

Change of Use and Confirmation of Land Use

If you are opening a business you may need either a Confirmation of Land Use (Zoning) or a Change of Use.

If you need to change of use, please complete the pdf Change of Use (357 KB)  development permit.

Confirmation of Land Use (Zoning) is a formal letter indicating the land use district in which a property resides as well as the current approved use for the site. Confirmation of Zoning is frequently required by financial institutions in order to finance a mortgage.

To apply for a confirmation of land use, please complete the pdf Confirmation of Land Use (Zoning) Request Form (207 KB)  and submit it to the Town of Canmore.

Environmental Site Assessment

Environmental searches may be requested of the Town of Canmore, these searches will be conducted on a case by case basis. Please contact the planning and development department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 403.678.1515 for more information regarding environmental site assessments and the associated fees. An approximate quote can be provided before the search is commenced. 

In Street Patios

The Town of Canmore issues permits for in street patios on public lands or road right of ways (eg.Main Street patios). This program is available between May and October. 

To view the In Street Patio Application Guide pdf click here (212 KB) .

To view the In Street Patio Application Form pdf click here (393 KB) .

Land Use Bylaw Amendment

Land Use Bylaw Amendments are required to modify any of the regulations set out in the Land Use Bylaw. Frequently Land Use Bylaw Amendments are requested to change the current zoning of a parcel. Should you wish to request a Land Use Bylaw Amendment, please complete the pdf Land Use Bylaw Amendment application (138 KB)  and submit is with the appropriate application fee and required documents. The fees for a Land Use Bylaw amendment can be found in the fee schedule.

As part of the application process for a land Use Bylaw Amendment, an applicant is required to have a Sustainability Screening Report that has been accepted by Council. It is strongly recommended that prior to making a Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application that a Pre-Application Consultation be scheduled with the Planning & Development Department.

Stamp of Compliance

A Stamp of Compliance is confirmation that the Real Property Report you submit is compliant with the land use regulations of your district and that all construction on site was completed under a valid permit. A Stamp of Compliance is frequently requested by lending institutions or purchasers prior to the transfer of property.

If you are not compliant, we will not issue the stamp and we can require you to make your property compliant - either through application for the appropriate Development/Building Permits or demolition of non-compliant parts.

To request a Stamp of Compliance please complete the  pdf request form (90 KB) , and submit it along with minimum two copies of your Real Property Report (at least one of which must be an original), and the relevant fee. The Town will keep one original copy of your Real Property Report and will stamp and return all other copies you provide. 

Note that the Real Property Report you provide must be no more than 2 years old, or can be 2 to 5 years old if accompanied by a statutory declaration affirming that nothing has changed. 

Subdivision & Condominium Endorsement

There are three major types of Subdivision: Fee Simple, Bareland Condominium and Building Condominium. Fee simple subdivisions which create more than three parcels must be approved by Council. Subdivisions which create less than three units, or are under 0.8 hectares, may be approved by Town Administration.

To apply for subdivision, please fill out the pdf application form (49 KB) , and submit it to the Town of Canmore along with the the following:

  • application fee
  • tentative plan of survey (2 copies)
  • certificate of title or permission to make application on behalf of owner
  • context map (2 copies)
  • development grading plan (3 copies - not always required)
  • analysis of applicable town documents/policy relative to this application i.e. MDP, ASP, ARP, Slope Policy, EDCG, and Land Use Bylaw (not required for all applications)
  • one digital copy of the entire application (tentative plan and development grading plan must be high resolution
  • other supporting information as determined by the Town of Canmore

 Please see the section titled Subdivision of Land in the Land Use Bylaw as well at the  pdf Guidelines for Subdivision and Development in Mountainous Terrain (128 KB)  for more information.

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