Town of Canmore


The Land Use Bylaw amendments in 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. 

Click here to see the current Land Use Bylaw. 


Finding the balance between cohesive styles & individual expression.

The architectural style of buildings in Canmore help to define the character of our mountain town. The current bylaws contain many directions on building styles, including style, size, and form.  

Existing Bylaw

Canmore’s Land Use Bylaw contains a section called “Community Architectural and Urban Design Standards” that regulate the following:

  • Architectural character
  • Building design
  • Roof forms
  • Materials
  • Landscaping
  • Vehicle access and parking
  • Urban plazas and public plazas

Note: Single family homes are not subject to architectural design guidelines.




Examining the relationship between roof slope & height. 

Currently, the Land Use Bylaw encourages steeper roof slopes. 

It does this by tying the permitted building height to the steepness of the roof – in other words, the lower the roof pitch, the lower overall height permitted. The regulation is intended to:

  • Allow light access to neighbouring properties
  • Protect the views from neighbouring properties (e.g. to the mountains)
  • Ensure privacy for neighbouring properties

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



Exploring whether Canmore should limit house sizes. 

Canmore’s Municipal Development Plan seeks to promote sustainable housing design and limit the impacts of house mass in neighbourhoods. In Policy 6.1.4 it states that, in order to achieve these objectives, the Town may adopt a maximum dwelling unit size. 

Currently, house size is restricted to 3,500 ft2 in older parts of Central Canmore.

Read a summary about how house sizes are currently regulated pdf here (112 KB)





Shaping the form & locations of new suites. 

Accessory dwelling units can be:

  • Located within the same home (e.g. a basement suite)
  • In the backyard as a free-standing garden suite 
  • Combined with a garage   

Since Canmore has high housing costs and a housing shortage, accessory dwelling units can help improve housing affordability and supply. They can also support affordability for those living in existing neighbourhoods where transit, cycling, and walking are more available and practical. 

Read a summary about how accessory dwelling units are currently regulated pdf here (158 KB)