Town of Canmore

Land Use Bylaw

To download the Land Use Bylaw  pdf click here (39.00 MB) .

To read a summary of changes in the new Land UseBylaw click here.

Do you have questions pertaining to the Land Use Bylaw, or which application type you fall under? Please contact the Planning and Development Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 403.678.1543.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have an approved Development Permit under LUB22-2010, but do not apply for my Building Permit until after the new LUB goes into effect?
The Planning Department will review your Building Permit application for compliance with a valid Development Permit that has been approved under LUB22-2010.  If the Building Permit submitted matches what was approved on the corresponding Development Permit, the application will go through the standard review process. It is important to note that any deviations from the approved Development Permit may cause delays in the application review. If the deviations are deemed to be significant or requires a variance, it will require a new Development Permit application be submitted, which would be reviewed using the new Land Use Bylaw LUB2018-22. 
What happens if an appeal for an application approved under LUB22-2010 is submitted, but (LUB2018-22) is in effect?
Should an application be appealed to the SDAB that was approved under LUB22-2010, the Board must render a decision on the application under the new Land Use Bylaw (LUB2018-22).
What permits do not require advertising?
Building Permits
Development Permits for permitted uses that requires no variances
What permits require advertising?
Development Permits going to the Canmore Planning Commission
Development Permits for (Class 2) Home Occupation and Bed & Breakfasts
Development Permits for a discretionary use
Development Permits for a permitted use requiring variances
Is there a fee for a re-review? 
Any applications in progress at the time the new Land Use Bylaw comes into effect will automatically be re-reviewed at no additional charge.
What happens if I refuse to sign the extension agreement?
If a decision is not rendered within the 40 days and an extension agreement has not been signed, the applicant has the option to:
Accept no decision as a deemed refusal and appeal their application to the Subdivision and Development Appeals Board (SDAB) for decision; or 
Continue the application through the process.  The length of this process may be impacted by the effective date of the new Land Use Bylaw.

2019 New Land Use Bylaw Project History

2019 New Land Use Bylaw Project Overview

This page provides more information on the new Land Use Bylaw including what changed and the process of creating the new bylaw.

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Housing (LUB)

This page provides more information on what changed around employee housing in the new Land Use Bylaw.

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Building

This page provides more information on what changed around a variety of topics related to buildings in the new Land Use Bylaw.

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Street Life

This page provides more information on what changed around parking requirements and signage in the new Land Use Bylaw.

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Land

This page provides more information on what changed around land regulations in the new Land Use Bylaw.

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Steep Creek Hazard Zones

This page provides more information on an additional steep creek hazard overlay added in the new Land Use Bylaw.

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