Town of Canmore

Land Use Bylaw

If you have any questions pertaining to the Land Use Bylaw 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.

The new Land Use Bylaw will come into effect on April 1, 2020:  pdf Land Use Bylaw (35.13 MB)   You can also read a summary of changes at New Land Use Bylaw.

See below for the current Land Use Bylaw 22-2010.

Application Deadlines For Consideration Under 22-2010

The Town of Canmore is approaching the April 1, 2020 effective date of the new Land Use Bylaw (LUB2018-22). Any applications currently being reviewed under LUB22-2010 which are not approved prior to April 1, 2020, will have to be re-reviewed under the new Land Use Bylaw (LUB2018-22).

Any applicants thinking about submitting a Development Permit (DP) or Building Permit (BP) application should note the following application submission deadlines and requirements:

DPs Requiring a Decision From the Canmore Planning Commission (CPC) 

  • Will be reviewed under the new Land Use Bylaw (LUB2018-22).
  • Due to the complexity of CPC application reviews and report timelines, an application extension agreement as per the Municipal Government Act will be requested at the time the application is submitted. 
  • CPC meetings dates are currently scheduled for Feb 27 and March 25, 2020.
  • Should an application currently being reviewed under LUB22-2010 not obtain approval prior to March 31, 2020, the application will have to be re-reviewed under the new Land Use Bylaw (LUB2018-22). 

DPs Requiring a Decision from a Development Officer Which Requires Advertising

  • In order to be reviewed under LUB 22-2010, the cut-off date to submit an application is February 10, 2020.  This factors in the 21-day advertising period, 10-day white notice period, and approximately 5 weeks for review and revisions of the application.
  • Should an application not obtain approval on or before March 31, 2020, the application will have to be re-reviewed using LUB2018-22.

DPs Requiring a Decision From a Development Officer Where Advertising Is Not Required OR Only Requires A BP 

  • In order to be reviewed under LUB 22-2010, the cut-off date to submit an application is February 21, 2020. This date falls within the 40-day requirement to render a decision on an application as per the MGA.     
  • Should an application not obtain approval on or before March 31, 2020, the application will have to be re-reviewed using LUB2018-22.

Not sure which application type you fall under? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. 

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 submit my application after the cut-off dates noted?
We cannot commit to rendering a decision on your application prior to the new Land Use Bylaw going into effect.
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.


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