Bylaws/ Policies

Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw is the regulatory document that implements the policy direction set forth in a municipality's Municipal Development Plan. It is the document which regulates and controls the use and development of land and buildings in the community. Based on the planning hierarchy, the municipality divides into specific districts that dictate what uses are permitted and/or discretionary, contains details on how to make applications for development permits; how and by whom decisions on applications are made; and the conditions that can be attached. The Land Use Bylaw also contains regulations regarding setbacks, landscaping, parking, building heights, and signage to name a few.

The Town of Edson’s Land Use bylaw (LUB) was consolidated from the Town’s previous LUB in December 2008. Since its adoption, the LUB has been amended, please click the following link to the latest revision of the Land Use Bylaw No. 2070.

The Land Use District/Zone Map, also known as the Land Use Atlas Map. These are maps that breaks up the Town into sections of various maps of the Town. These maps provide an opportunity to easily navigate your property to find the land use zone that your land/ lot is located in.


Amending the Land Use Bylaw Brochure

Land Use Bylaw 2070

Bylaw 2176 - Amending the LUB Bylaw - (Fines)

The Town of Edson Land Use Bylaw advises what developments are permitted and/or discretionary in the various land use districts within the Town, along with the restrictions for development in each land use district, whether it be a shed, fence, deck, home, commercial building, etc.

Statutory Plan or Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application

Land Use designations (as shown on the Land Use District maps) can only be changed through a Land Use Bylaw Amendment. The passing of a Land Use Bylaw Amendment requires a public hearing and approval from Town Council and the proposed amendment must be consistent with the Municipal Development Plan and any applicable Area Structure Plan.





Click on the link above to bring you to the Land Use District Map, also known as the Land Use Atlas Map. This type of map breaks up the Town of Edson into sections of various maps of Town. This type of map allows you to easily navigate to your property to find what land use zone your land lot is located in. 

Offsite Levy Bylaw

The Town of Edson has adopted levies to pay for all or part of the infrastructure required in respect of lands to be subdivided or developed (i.e. roads, water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater). This document outlines the processes that the Town of Edson has adopted to guide when to assess levies to developers, when levy amounts are payable, when and how front-end infrastructure construction will be assigned to developers, and when and how developers front-end construction will be reimbursed.

Addressing Bylaw

The Town of Edson's Planning department assigns addresses for all properties in the Town. The Addressing Bylaw No. 2274 regulates addressing in the Town of Edson. 

Any information you may have can be useful such as:

  • Legal land description (i.e., SW 16-57-21-W5 or Lot, Block, Plan)
  • Tax roll number

Once the street names are approved by Council, house numbers are assigned to each lot. The street numbers consecutively from East to West and the numbering of avenues must be consecutive from South to North with the avenue immediately north of the C.N. Railway being First Avenue, the next avenue north being Second Avenue, and so forth.

In the Town of Edson, where it is possible, even numbers are located on the west of any street and the North of any avenue. and odd numbers are located on the East of any street and South of any avenue. 


Title Descriptions 
Off-site Levy (OSL-1) The Town of Edson has adopted levies to pay for all or part of the infrastructure required in respect of lands to be subdivided or developed (i.e. roads, water, sanitary sewer, and storm water). This document outlines the processes that the Town of Edson has adopted to guide when to assess levies to developers, when levy amounts are payable, when and how front-end infrastructure construction will be assigned to developers, and when and how developers front-end construction will be reimbursed.
Addressing Bylaw 1690 The Town of Edson's Planning department assigns addresses for all properties in the Town. This addresses bylaw provides for street and housing numbering and regulates addressing in the Town of Edson.
Naming of Structure, Streets, Parks, and Other Public Places
This policy provides a guideline for the naming of structures, streets, parks, and other public spaces when a numbered municipal address is not to be used.
Duplex, Triplex, Four plex & Multi Family Service Control and Regulation
Division 3 of the Municipal Government Act specifically addresses Public Utilities.  A Town owns the public utility and may decide such matters as connections to the utility, installation of meters and curb cocks among other things.  Town Bylaw No. 2172, the Municipal Development Plan, also outlines what will be required of different types of new development.  The Town, in accordance with our Strategic Plan, endeavors to continue with well planned, sustainable development while outlining clearly our expectation of developers.
Development Permit Securities (D-P-8) According to Section 683 of the Municipal Government Act, all development requires a permit unless otherwise provided for in the Land Use Bylaw.  This policy establishes a development security protocol that ensures the Developer’s obligations and conditions as outlined on the permit are met prior to the release of securities.   Policy D-P-8 lists what form and how much securities will be charged.
Certificate of Compliance (D-P-9)

This policy was written to create consistent system to process Certificates of Compliance while requesting up to date and accurate information from the Applicant.  The Certificate of Compliance relates to whether the property complies with the Town of Edson Land Use Bylaw (LUB) No. 2070.

The issuance of a Certificate of Compliance does not absolve the property owner from the responsibility to meet the requirements of any valid permits or agreements pertaining to the development of the property.  It also does not certify any compliance under the Safety Codes Act, i.e. Building, Plumbing, Gas or Electrical Permits.  The Certificate of Compliance does not certify if development permit conditions have or have not been met.
Encroachment (D-P-10)

An encroachment means development that extends outside a titled property onto Town of Public property. An encroachment can be any of but not limited to the following:  buildings, sheds, fences, driveways, retaining walls.  This policy identifies a consistent approach to protecting both landowners when encroachments have been identified.  A Caveat, or formal notification, can then be registered under the Land Titles Act to notify prospective buyers and others that an agreement for the encroachment is in place.

Complaint Handling

This policy establishes a consistent process to respond to complaints on planning related matters.  If a resident wishes to make a complaint, this policy states clearly what manner the complaint must be registered.

Planning Fee Waiver

Pursuant to Sections 362 and 363 of the Municipal Government Act, eligible community groups and not for profit agencies can receive a property tax exemption.  This policy allows Administration to waive planning fees for those organizations that qualify for the property tax exemption in order to make development more affordable for these groups.

Municipal Development Plan Implementation

The purpose of this policy is to identify the implementation tasks identified in the Town of Edson Municipal Development Plan adopted in accordance with Bylaw No. 2172, and rank them according to priority. These implementation tasks do not have mandated timelines associated with them.

D-P-13 Municipal Development Plan Implementation (Schedule A)

Residential Front Access Driveway

According to Section 639 of the Municipal Government Act, all municipalities must pass a land use (zoning) bylaw.  Included in Town of Edson Land Use Bylaw 2070 are rules relating to when front access to a property will be allowed, leaving much to the discretion of the Development Officer.  This policy was brought into effect in order to allow for a consistent method for the Development Officer to use when making this decision.  Policy D-P-14 assists in transparency and clarity of our expectations, which is addressed as a priority in our Strategic Plan.  This policy is also in line with our Municipal Development Plan Section 12 regarding accesses.

Subdivision Securities

According to Section 655(1) of the Municipal Government Act, a subdivision authority may impose conditions permitted to be imposed by the subdivision and development regulations on a subdivision approval issued. This includes monies held in trust to promote full Developer compliance, as well as ensure that those works and projects which are integral to effective and enjoyable community functioning are completed with minimal financial risk to the Town.

Home Builder’s Incentive Program

The Town of Edson recognizes that it plays a role in creating economic opportunities within our community, including opportunities for business and residential growth and development. The purpose of this Policy is to aid and promote timely development through the incentivised sale of specified Town owned residential properties to registered home building companies for the construction of urban housing.

Without limiting Council’s discretion and authority under the Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000, c M26, as amended, and including section 347, this Policy sets out the Home Builders’ Incentive Program that Council considers equitable to institute.

Title Description

Recessed Curbs on Streets and Sidewalks

The Town institute a policy of building recessed curbs on any new sidewalk installation, so as to allow access for the handicapped.
Sidewalk, Curbs & Gutter Maintenance
This policy is to maintain designated sidewalks, curbs & gutters in such a manner as to minimize economic loss and inconvenience to the community. To prevent or reduce hazardous sidewalk, curb & gutter conditions which may cause accident or injury. To establish a guideline to be used by management and operating personnel to ensure an acceptable standard for sidewalk, curb & gutter maintenance.
Snow & Ice Control
The Town of Edson is committed to maintaining an operational transportation network within the municipal boundaries. The goal of this policy is to mitigate accidents or injury, caused by hazardous roadway conditions and to ensure the facilitation of emergency services. This policy will establish operational guidelines for Transportation personnel to utilize in the planning of snow & ice control.
Culvert Installation/ Maintenance
This policy is to establish the responsibility for culvert installation and maintenance.
Utility Service Agreement (O-T-6) This policy is to provide an agreement for the provision of utility services.
Unsightly/ Untidy Properties and Snow/Dirt/Debris Covered Sidewalks - Service Charge (O-T-7) This policy is to establish a minimum service charge and the total cost for the work of cleaning up unsightly/untidy properties or for the work of removal of snow, ice, dirt or debris from any sidewalk abutting the property.
Private Drainage Systems (O-T-8) This policy is to establish the responsibility for the construction and maintenance of a Private Drainage System to the property boundary and the responsibility for the removal of any blockage within the private drainage system including the Town-owned service pipe connecting to the town sewer main.
Permit to Operate Off Truck Route
This policy establishes the criteria for eligibility for a Town Approval Permit to operate a heavy vehicle off a truck route.
Edson & District Leisure Centre - Concession Operation (O-T-10) This policy establishes the procedure for the operation of the concession at the Edson & District Leisure Centre.
Arena - Tractor Gate
This policy ensures safety with respect to the use of the arena buidling.
Lease of Town Equipment (O-T-12) This policy set the standard for the lease of Town equipment.
Street Signs & Information Signs
The purpose of this policy is to maintain the repair and maintenance of regulatory, warning signs, information and guide signs. 
Sanitary Main-Service Maintenance - Policy
This policy establishes the responsibility for providing the residents of the Town of Edson with a safe and reliable method of disposing of wastewater by providing a free-flowing sanitary system. To provide preventative maintenance to sanitary mains and to identify sanitary main deficiencies prior to backup conditions.
Request for Pre-Qualification - Water & Wastewater installation - Policy (O-T-17) This policy establishes criteria and process for prequalifying private contractors prior to allowing work on Town water and/or wastewater service.