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Bylaws & Policies

Municipalities are given the authority to enact bylaws under the Province of Alberta through the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Bylaws are put into place to meet the needs of residents, determine provisions and resolve issues that include public safety and standards, business activities, financial provisions, and municipal services.

Municipal Bylaws are drafted by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) or another member of administration delegated to that function. Drafts of the bylaw are put forward to Town Council who review each reading, then pass and adopt the laws. Section 187 of the MGA states that every proposed bylaw must have three distinct and separate readings [by Town Council]. 

Bylaws are enforced by Community Peace Officers on a complaint and observance basis and are enforceable even if not published on the website.

This page provides the most prevalent and frequently used bylaws. For a complete list, please contact info@blackfalds.ca.

The Town of Blackfalds strives to keep Bylaws on our website accurate and current and in compliance with the Municipal Government Act of Alberta. The Town of Blackfalds does not guarantee the accuracy of digital information and this listing may not include the latest updates and/or amendment(s). Electronic versions are placed here for reference and for convenience. For further information, or to request copies of Bylaws, please contact Legislative Services at the Town Office.


Bylaw #NameDescription
1251/20Municipal Elections To Provide for Municipal and School Trustee Elections
1249/20Records and Information ManagementEstablish regulations for the systematic management, retention and disposition of records and information for the Town of Blackfalds
1158/13Taxi Business Outlines the regulations for the licensing and control of taxis within the Town of Blackfalds
1232/19Traffic Respecting the safety, health and welfare and the protection of people and property
Bylaw #Bylaw NameDescription
1181/14Animal Control Details requirements for licensing, control and related fees for animals
1180/14Cemetery Outlines the terms for regulation and control of the cemetery
1220/18Community Standards Describes the regulations relating to many civic issues including: noise issues, unsightly premises, public disturbances, and curfew for youth. 
1187/15Fire Protection Provides the establishment and operation of fire protection services.
1117/11Municipal Emergency Directs the processes and procedures of the Municipal Emergency Management Agency to prepare for and respond to regional and municipal emergencies.
1219/17Security Alarm System Regulates security alarm systems in order to reduce false alarms that require RCMP or Fire Dept. response.  
1228/18Smoking and Vaping To regulate smoking and vaping of cannabis and tobacco products in public places


Bylaw #NameDescription
1237/19Council Procedural BylawTo regulate the proceedings and conduct of Council and Council Committee Meetings
1226/18Council Code of Conduct BylawTo ensure the conduct of Council members is consistent with the principles of transparent and accountable government.
 EDTAC Terms of ReferenceEconomic Development & Tourism Advisory Committee (Jan. 1, 2017)
1160/13Municipal Election BylawOutlines the process and procedures and provides the authority to hold municipal and school trustee elections within the Town of Blackfalds.
1227/18Parental Leave for Elected OfficialsTo establish whether elected officials are entitled to take leave prior to or after the birth or adoption of their child.


Bylaw #NameDescription
1238/19
2019 Borrowing Bylaw
To authorize  Council to incur indebtedness by the issuance of debenture(s) or bank loan for the purpose of purchasing capital land and buildings.
1257/21
2021 Property Tax Bylaw
Authorizes property tax rates for the 2021 budget year and includes authorization to assess additional tax on properties which have undergone improvements in 2021.
1241/20
Authorized Overdraft Bylaw
Authorizes temporary bank borrowing from the Servus Credit Union in the Town of Blackfalds.
1245/20
Multi-Plex Expansion Borrowing Bylaw
Authorizes Council to incur indebtedness by the issuance of debenture(s) or bank loan for the purpose of constructing the Multi-Plex which includes an additional ice surface and public library.
1172/14Rate Bylaw AmendmentContains updates to the rates for facility rentals previously outlined in the Rates Bylaw 1053/07
1113/10Rate Bylaw AmendmentDetails municipal fees for the provision of a variety of goods and services.


Bylaw #NameDescription
1185/15Aspen Lakes Area Structure Plan BylawProvides a plan for subdivision and development of Aspen Lakes.
1165/13Aurora Heights Area Structure Plan BylawDetails plans for subdivision and development of the Aurora Heights area in the Town of Blackfalds.
1209/17Business License BylawControls and regulates the regulations for business licensing within the Town of Blackfalds, including business types and related fees.
1141/12Dangerous Goods Transportation BylawRegulates the transportation and handling of dangerous goods within the Town of Blackfalds.
1177/14Direct Control District 3 Land Use Bylaw AmendmentOutlines the permitted uses and development standards for commercial building at Lot 2 Block 1 Plan 122-4194 on Womacks Rd.
1174/14Lakeside Area Structure Plan BylawOutlines the plans for subdivision and development of the Lakeside area in the Town of Blackfalds.
1198/16Land Use BylawOutlines how districts in the municipality are divided, regulates the land use of each district, and guides decisions on development permits.
1231/18
LUB Amendment - Cannabis
To regulate cannabis retail sales in the Town of Blackfalds.
1182/14Naming and Addressing BylawRegulates the naming of roadways and development areas within the Town of Blackfalds. 
1243/20McKay Ridge Area Structure Plan AmendmentBeing a bylaw of the Town of Blackfalds in the Province of Alberta to amend Land Use Bylaw 1198/16.
1244/20McKay Ridge Re-Designation BylawBeing a bylaw of the Town of Blackfalds in the Province of Alberta to amend Land Use Bylaw 1198/16.
1190/15
Offsite Levies Bylaw
Authorizes the collection of offsite Levies for the Town of Blackfalds.
Bylaw #NameDescription
1250/20 Utility Bylaw To Regulate the supply and use of water, wastewater and stormwater utilities in the Town of Blackfalds 
1254/21Amendment to Utility Bylaw 
1167/13Solid Waste ManagementTo regulate the handling, collection and disposal of solid waste in the Town of Blackfalds and rescind Bylaw 1085/09.
1255/21Amendment to Bylaw 1167/13 
1156/13Electric Distribution System Franchise AgreementA Bylaw of the Town of Blackfalds in the Province of Alberta for the electric distribution system franchise agreement.
1248/20Electric Distribution System Franchise Agreement AmendmentAmendment to Bylaw 1156/13, to prohibit other persons from providing electric distribution service within the legal boundaries of the municipality.