Development

Land Use Bylaw

What is a Land Use by-law?

A Land Use by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

An official plan sets out your municipality’s general policies for future land use. Land Use by-laws put the plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. They contain specific requirements that are legally enforceable. Construction or new development that doesn’t comply with a Land Use by-law is not allowed, and the municipality will refuse to issue a building permit. Many municipalities have a comprehensive Land Use by-law that divides the municipality into different land use zones, with detailed maps. The by-law specifies the permitted uses (e.g. commercial or residential) and the required standards (e.g. building size and location) in each zone.

Please follow this link for Bylaw 1882 – you will be directed to the ORRSC website : http://www.orrsc.com/members/towns-a-m/town-of-fort-macleod/

Why do you need a zoning by-law?
A Land Use by-law:

  • implements the objectives and policies of a municipality’s official
  • provides a legal way of managing land use and future development
  • in addition to the official plan, protects you from conflicting and possibly dangerous land uses in your community.
What is a Land Use by-law amendment?
If you want to use or develop your property in a way that is not allowed by the Land Use by-law, you may apply for a zoning change, also known as rezoning. However,  council can consider a change only if the new use is allowed by the official plan. Before you apply for rezoning, you should talk to the municipal staff for advice and information. You must complete an application form which requires information by the municipality. Most municipalities require that you pay an application fee.

Did You Know?

…SMALL THINGS SUCH AS DECKS, PATIOS AND FENCING
MAY REQUIRE A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AND BUILDING PERMIT??

IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT REQUIRES PERMITTING,
PLEASE CONTACT THE TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT OFFICER VIA EMAIL AT

[email protected]

Fines and penalties will be applied to ALL unapproved developments
A Stop Order may also be issued for non-compliance of the Land Use Bylaw.

Did You Know?

…WE CAN GIVE YOU ADVICE ON PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT???

The Planning and Development department provides services related to planning, land use and
development activities within the Municipality. Providing timely and accurate customer service is
essential to facilitate all aspects of development and planning. The Development Officer is
responsible for the planning requirements of customers including interpretation and application
of land use bylaws, processing of development permits and providing information relating to
subdivision applications through the Oldman River Regional Services Commissions Planner
(ORRSC).
Whether you are considering developing or subdividing a property, including lot grading, filling,
renovating, or operating a home business, the permitting process helps assure your proposed
project meets the Towns bylaws, statutory plans, provincial codes and standards and the
expectations of neighbours.
If you are unsure if your proposed development requires any permitting, Please contact the
Development Officer Via email at: [email protected] to set up an appointment time
to discuss your application requirements.
It is your responsibility as a land owner to make sure you have the correct permits for a development.

FINES AND PENALTIES MAY BE APPLIED TO
ALL DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE STARTED WITHOUT PERMITS

Did You Know?

…..THAT THESE DEVELOPMENTS REQUIRE PERMITS??

(A complete listing is available within the Land Use Bylaw No. 1825)
• MOST signage within the Town boundaries ESPECIALLY SIGNAGE WITHIN THE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC AREA(“A” board signs do not require a permit, however, you DO require Town
permission to erect “A” board Signage on a public sidewalk)

• ANY structural changes to a building (Includes additions and most renovations)*
• SOME types of fences (height, setback and materials variance);
• ALL development within the Historic Area (Including but not limited to: change of use, paint color
of exterior of building, signage and minor repairs) *
• ANY change of use / intensity to a building used for a business
• MOST Home Occupations (some exceptions)**
• ALL decks constructed 2 ft. or more above grade
(Attached / detached, covered/ uncovered)*
• ALL deck conversions to covered and enclosed sunrooms
and porches.*
• ALL new developments (homes, garages, shops, businesses etc.)*
• ALL Wheelchair accessible ramps.*
• WOOD BURNING APPLIANCES such as a fireplace or wood stove

A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT is issued by the Town and governed by the Land Use Bylaw which is
legislated by the Municipal Government Act. Applications are submitted directly to the
Development Officer and are approved by the appropriate Development Authority depending
on the zoning and intended use of a particular development.

* Some developments ALSO require a BUILDING PERMIT which is issued by Park Enterprises Ltd. on
behalf of the Town. This is a requirement under the Safety Codes Act which is provincially
legislated. Applications and fees are made directly to Park Enterprises Ltd.
Park Enterprises is the contracted agency who provides safety codes permitting and inspection
services required under the Safety Codes Act.

#10, 491 W.T. Hill Blvd. South.
Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Y6
Tel: (403) 329-3747
Fax: (403) 329-8514
Toll Free: 1-800-621-5440
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web: www.parkinspections.com

It is your responsibility as a land owner to make sure you have the correct permits for a development.
FINES AND PENALTIES MAY BE APPLIED TO ALL DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE STARTED WITHOUT PERMITS

**** IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PERMITS****
If in the event an insurance claim on your home/building is filed for

building issues, electrical fires,

flooding and /or sewer back up caused by faulty plumbing installation etc.,

Your claim may be DENIED if the appropriate permits were not in place prior to the incident.

 

Did You Know?

THERE ARE NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDERS??

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDERS:

On December 1, 2017 licensing requirements took effect for
residential builders in Alberta. Going forward, builders need to
be licenced in order to obtain Building Permits for new homes
and to register new homes for warranty.

Builder licencing information contact:
Web: www.builderlicensing.alberta.ca
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-866-421-6929

Builder licensing is intended to reduce the risks prospective home owners face by establishing a
licensing system, providing consumers with information on builders, and creating provisions to
remove or suspend builders when necessary to protect home owners from negligent or
unscrupulous businesses. The builder registry is an online source of information about Alberta’s
residential builders. Consumers can find information here to help to inform their selection for a
residential builder. Users of the builder registry can find out a builder’s licence status, where the
builder has built homes, the number of previous home warranty registrations, and if a builder has
orders or administrative penalties issued under the New Home Buyer Protection Act.
A full public registry of licensed builders is available at:
www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/builder-licensing

Individuals planning to build their own home must also apply to the Registrar for an Owner Builder
Authorization, whether building with or without warranty. For more information, visit

Did You Know?

BUSINESS LICENSES ARE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT BUSINESS
WITHIN THE TOWN OF FORT MACLEOD??

Please be sure that your contracted service provider has a
CURRENT BUSINESS LICENCE WITH THE TOWN OF FORT MACLEOD.
YOU/ YOUR CONTRACTOR ARE IN CONTRAVENTION OF BYLAW NO. 1836

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITHOUT A BUSINESS LICENSE
FINES RANGE FROM $250.00-$1000.00

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
(Excerpt from the Bylaw)

No person shall carry on or operate a business within the Town unless they hold a
valid Business License issued pursuant to the provisions of Bylaw 1836, or is
specifically exempted under the provisions of this Bylaw or Provincial or Federal
legislation.
In a prosecution for contravention of this bylaw against engaging in or
operating abusiness without a license, proof of one transaction in the business or
that the business has been advertised (Includes posting on social Media) is sufficient to
establish that a person is engaged in, or operates thebusiness.

Fines and penalties will be applied to unapproved developments
Fines will be applied to businesses with No valid Business Licence

(Including Home Occupations)

A Stop Order may also be issued for non-compliance of any part of the

Land Use Bylaw.

Did You Know?

….WE OFFER COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATES??
A Compliance Certificate is confirmation from the
Town that all buildings and structures identified on the property have met the regulations under the Town of Fort Macleod’s Land Use Bylaw and have the appropriate Development/ Building permits.
It is advisable to obtain a Real property Report from
an Alberta Land Surveyor and submit a request for a compliance Certificate when you are buying or selling a property. Certificate cost is $75.00 Detailed requirements can be found in the Compliance Letter Policy, Please contact the Development Officer for further information.

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Land Development

Land Development in Fort Macleod is usually done by the town as the owner of most of the vacant, undeveloped land in the community. Sales of town-owned property are normally handled at the Town Office but you may purchase town property through any of the local realtors.

Compliance Certificates

A Compliance Certificate is confirmation from the Town that all buildings and structures identified on the property have met the regulations under the Town of Fort Macleod’s Land Use Bylaw , and have the appropriate building permits.

Please Contact the Development Officer for more information as to what is required for submission.

403-553-4425 Ext 227

Business Licensing

The Town of Fort Macleod requires all resident and non-resident businesses, and hawkers, peddler and vendors to have a current Town of Fort Macleod business license.  For more information on the costs and regulations on business licensing please see the Business License Bylaw.

Business licenses run January 1 through December 31st each year and currently registered businesses will receive a reminder in December that new licenses will be available January 1st.

Please display your business’ license in a visible location and keep your dog’s license on their collar in case they escape and decide to go on an adventure.

If you have questions or concerns regarding licensing (either your dog or your business), contact the Town office at 403-553-4425 or email [email protected] (enforcement) or [email protected] (administration).

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Home Occupations

HOME OCCUPATION:  an occupation, trade, business, profession or craft, carried on as an accessory use to the use of a dwelling.

Under the provisions of Land Use By-Law No. 1825 and 1836, it is necessary for the applicant to complete an application for a Home Occupation Business.  Once the application has been completed, it is then submitted to the Development Officer.

NOTE:  There may be a waiting period of up to forty (40) days for the processing of the Home Occupation Application. During this waiting period, although the applicant has paid all license fees, the applicant is not permitted to carry on business, trade, profession or craft (unless given permission by the Development Officer).

The Development Officer and/or Municipal Planning Commission will consider the application under the procedures as provided in the provisions of the Land Use By-Law No. 1825.  Once a decision has been reached, the applicant will be notified and, if the application is approved, a Business License for the Home Occupation will be issued.

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Information on Parcels of land, available for sale are available through the interactive map system.

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Development Permits and Safety Inspections

Park Enterprises Ltd. is a permitting and inspection Agency located in Lethbridge with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Southern Alberta is our home, and our team of professionals are eager to work with and in the Town of Fort Macleod.

Applications can be obtained from our website, www.parkinspections.com or we can fax or email them directly to you. Submit your completed applications by fax or email and payment can be taken with Visa or MasterCard or submitted by cheque.

This will include permits for:

  • Electrical
  • Gas
  • Building
  • Plumbing/ Private Sewage Disposal

All new Permit Applications will be made directly to Park Enterprises Ltd.

The Town Office will NOT BE PROCESSING ANY APPLICATIONS OR FEES for the above noted permits.

You can expect a high quality of service from our team as well as flexibility as we transition and work together. Our team looks forward to working together to meet your needs, answer any questions and ensure the safe completion of your projects! Phone, fax or email with any concerns, questions or inspection requests.

All permits currently in process through Superior Safety Codes will be handled by that agency until the file is completed and closed.  Transition of Services starting July 1, 2016

PARK ENTERPRISES LTD.
#10, 491 W.T. Hill Blvd. S.
Lethbridge, AB   T1J 1Y6
Tel:  (403) 329-3747 Fax:  (403) 329-8514
Toll Free: 1-800-621-5440
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web:  www.parkinspections.com

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS WILL STILL BE PROCESSED  THROUGH THE TOWN OFFICE.

Permit Applications and Forms

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Icon Business License Application

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Icon Demolition Application

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Icon Development Application Site Plan Grid

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Icon Development Fees 2015

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Icon Home Occupation Development Permit Application

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Icon Land Use Amendment Application

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Icon Non Residential Development Permit Application

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Icon Request for Service Installation

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Icon Residential Development Permit Application

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Icon Residential Secondary Suite Development Application

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Icon Sign Development Permit Application

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Icon Subdivision Request for Extension Form

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Icon Telecommunications Siting Application

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Icon Time Extension Agreement

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Icon Urban Subdivision Application Package

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Icon Voluntary Waiver of Claims

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