Town of Canmore


The Land Use Bylaw topics on this page address the size, form, and access of our buildings to protect our access to light, privacy, enjoyment of views, availability of parking, and landscaping. Below is some information about how the regulations in the new Land Use Bylaw would minimize the effect of building massing, what types of roof styles should be allowed in Canmore, allow for accessory dwelling units (suites) in more areas of Canmore, as well as what driveway locations (front or back) should be allowed for new developments. 

Click here to see the current Land Use Bylaw. 

 Building Massing

The new Land Use Bylaw adds new regulations intended to reduce the negative effects of building massing on street. This helps to make buildings less imposing and creates a more pedestrian-friendly environment. For example, buildings can be required to "step back" from the street on the upper floors, reducing the building's imposition on the street. Other strategies to reduce the effect of building massing include limiting building heights and decreasing the size of balconies and eaves in front yards.

What is new?

Recently, there have been an increasing number of reverse pitch roofs over decks that significantly increase the building massing on the street and adjacent properties. In response to this, roofs above decks are limited to not more than 0.61 metres into front or rear yard setbacks. In addition, new regulations for rooftop terraces are being introduced. The new Land Use Bylaw includes a regulation that allows rooftop terraces but requires that they be set back 1.5 metres from the building façade.

Read a summary about how building heights and slopes are currently regulated  pdf here (119 KB) .


Roof Styles 

The current Land Use Bylaw encourages steep roof pitches, which contribute to town's mountain character. However, a desire for more flexibility in roof types has been expressed to allow for a greater diversity of architecture to allow for flat, shallow, and complex roof styles. The current Land Use Bylaw allows for lower pitched roofs on detached homes, but requires reductions to height that make it very difficult to have a third floor. 

What is new? 

The new Land Use Bylaw allows for additional roof styles, which provides for more architectural variety and new interpretations of mountain architecture. Steep roof pitches would still be allowed, but the new Land Use Bylaw includes a new way of determining roof slopes to allow for developments to employ a variety of roof styles.

Read a summary about how building heights and slopes are currently regulated pdf here (119 KB)


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