Bylaws & Policies

Frequently Requested Bylaws / Policies

Our most frequently requested bylaws are listed below for quick access.  If you are searching for a bylaw that is not listed, please visit our Bylaws and Policies Centre or contact the Town Office at (780) 723-4401. For a complete Bylaw listing, including a record of repeals and amendments passed for each Bylaw, please consult the Bylaw Index.

Our Planning and Offsite Levy Policies can also be found in the Bylaws and Policies Centre

New and Proposed Bylaws

Numerous bylaws get passed over the course of the year. In some cases extra advertising and/or feedback will be required. In these cases the bylaw will be advertised in the media and posted here for further review.


Business Licence Bylaw

Business Licence Bylaw 2280 received all three readings at the October 4th Meeting of Council. * Proposed fee changes will be reviewed during the regular update of the Fees, Rates & Charges Bylaw later this year.

Some highlights of the changes include:

  • Simplification of the types of business licences with corresponding fees and charges. Administration is proposing to increase fees for Resident and Non-Resident Businesses in both 2023 and 2024. (See chart attached below)

  • The removal of the Business Licensing regulation for Taxi Service providers, Mobile Home Park operators, Pawnbroker(s), and Second-hand Dealers from the Bylaw, which will instead be addressed through the Land Use Bylaw 2070.

  • The removal of Escort Service provisions including the attached fees, as this will also be addressed through the Land Use Bylaw 2070.

  • Flexibility to charge new businesses a pro-rated Business Licence Fee based on the quarter in which a new Business Licence is paid for.

  • Clarification that a Business Licence will be issued once the applicant has successfully received acknowledgement of regulatory requirements (such as a development permit) required by the Town and/or provincial legislation.

  • Updated application forms for “Resident” and “Home Occupation” Businesses, to increase administrative efficiency and enhance client relations and enable the gathering of important data on the business

  • Provision of clarity around enforcement, including identifying applicable fines and penalties.

  • Introduction of an appeal process, wherein appeals would be heard by Council during a regular Council meeting.

The Animal Control Bylaw is a Bylaw to license and regulate dogs, and to regulate and control other animals within the Town of Edson.
For a complete review of this bylaw, please reference the link below:

Animal Control Bylaw

Dog License Application Form

This Bylaw pertains to Bulk Water Services within the Town of Edson.

For futher information on this bylaw or any other offenses pertaining to this Bylaw, please reference the link below:

Bylaw 2113 - Bulk Water Bylaw

A valid Business License is required to operate a business within the Town of Edson (whether in a residential or commercial area).  The Business License Bylaw provides for the licensing, controlling and regulating of businesses within the Town. 

Applications for new or renewed licenses may be made in writing to the Licensing Officer at the Town Office.  At the discretion of the Licensing Officer approvals may be required from the Development Officer, Fire Chief, Medical Officer of Health, Municipal Planning Commission and R.C.M.P. prior to the issuance of a License.

For a complete review of this Bylaw please reference the link below:

Bylaw No.2030 - Business License Bylaw

You can also download the Business License Application Form

Edson Town Council passed all three readings of the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw on October 2nd, 2018. This bylaw bans the consumption of cannabis in all public spaces and outlines related fines.

The Cannabis Framework for changes to the Land Use Bylaw has also been approved. Below is information on the changes and related maps. The significant changes from the original draft bylaw are the removal of setbacks from government buildings, other cannabis related stores, and drinking establishments. They’ve also removed cannabis lounges from the framework to allow for Federal rules and guidelines on lounges and edibles to be established first.

The Cemetery Bylaw regulates and controls the operation of the Edson Glenwood Cemetery. The Town of Edson is responsible for the selling of burial and cremation plots, keeping the required records and the supervision of maintenance and construction.

For more information on this Bylaw please reference the link below:

Bylaw No. 2272 - Cemeteries Bylaw

This bylaw pertains to all Community Standards issues, such as:

  • Noise,
  • Unsightly Conditions,
  • Property Maintenance.

Bylaw 2218 - Community Standards Bylaw

This Bylaw establishes principles and procedures to govern the conduct of Members of Council in the performance of their duties. Among other things, it includes provisions around representing and communicating on behalf of the municipality, respect and non-discrimination, relations with Town staff, conflicts of interest, and complaints/enforcement.

The Bylaw may be viewed in its entirety by following the link below.

Bylaw No. 2275 - Council Code of Conduct Bylaw

The purpose of this Bylaw is to assist in the reduction of False Alarms requiring a Police response within the Town of Edson.  The Town of Edson and the Edson RCMP detachment ask that all businesses and residents maintain their alarm systems to reduce the number of false alarm calls.  False alarm calls  also pertain to 911 calls.  Please do not hang up if you have accidently called 911.  Instead notify the operator of your mistake.  Every 911 hangup must be treated with urgency and be investigated to ensure there is no actual emergency.  False alarms calls can be costly and potentially dangerous as it can take manpower away from an actual emergency call.

For a complete review of this Bylaw please reference the link below:

Bylaw No. 2104 - False Alarm Bylaw

This Bylaw contains the fees, rates, and charges relating to most Town of Edson Services and Bylaws.

For a complete review of this Bylaw please reference the link below:

 Bylaw 2214/2278 - Fees, Rates, and Charges Bylaw

The Fire Bylaw specifies that the Town of Edson will provide Fire Protection and Emergency Services within the municipality, as well as set out rules and regulations for fire pits in Town limits. Permits are required for all recreational fire pits in the Town of Edson.

For more details pleasefollow the link below. 

Bylaw No.2119 - Fire Bylaw

Fire Permit Application Form

At the August 18th, 2020 Council meeting, all three readings of the Non-Residential Property Tax Incentive Program Bylaw were given, repealing the previous version. The purpose of the incentive is to encourage new development and redevelopment of non-residential properties within the Town and to encourage economic growth.

This program is for new development, additions, renovations, or expansions (permanent), with the assessed value being greater than or equal to a 25% increase over the previous assessment. The tax exemption would apply to increase in assessment only.

The period of tax exemption is five (5) years pro-rated as follows:

  • Year 1 –100%
  • Year 2 –100%
  • Year 3 –75%
  • Year 4 –50%
  • Year 5 -25%


This Bylaw establishes the guidelines to control and regulate the operation of Off-Highway Vehicles within corporate limits of the Town of Edson and within public recreation areas administered by the Town.  Under this Bylaw, no persons shall operate, or shall be in the care and control of an off-highway vehicle on any park land or public place, or on any lands owned or controlled by the Town of Edson.

Complaints should be directed to the R.C.M.P. at (780)723-8822 or (780)723-8800, and to the Bylaw Enforcement Officer during business hours at (780)723-3178.

For a complete review of this Bylaw, please reference the link below:

Bylaw No. 1790 - Off-Highway Vehicle Bylaw

Under the Outdoor Burning Appliances Bylaw, the installation of an outdoor wood or solid fuel burning appliance within the Town of Edson is prohibited. The operation of such appliances within the Town is also prohibited.

The bylaw also gives inspectors authorization to enter at all reasonable times and in a reasonable manner on property to determine whether the requirements of this bylaw are being observed.

For a complete review of this bylaw, please reference the link below:

Bylaw 2154 (Outdoor Burning Appliances Bylaw)

This bylaw deals with Public Conduct issues, such as:

  • Bullying,
  • Fighting,
  • Curfew,
  • Litter,
  • Spitting and Urinating in Public.

Bylaw 2219 - Public Conduct Bylaw

This Bylaw states that all Town of Edson buildings and vehicles are smoke-free, except in designated areas.  Town buildings designated as smoke free are the Civic Centre (Town Office), Firehall, Public Works Building, Leisure Centre, All Water and Sewer Utility Buildings, Griffiths Park Centre, Recycling Building, Airport Terminal and the Family Centre.

For a complete review of this Bylaw, please reference the link below:

 Bylaw 1906 - Smoke Free Town Facilities Bylaw

 To review the Province of Alberta Tobacco Reduction Act please reference the link below:

This Bylaw Provides for regulation of vehicle, animal and pedestrian traffic within the Town.

For a complete review of this Bylaw and all amendments, please reference the link below:

 Bylaw 1807 - Traffic Bylaw


This bylaw will outline the rules and regulations regarding the waste collection system in the Town of Edson.

For more information on the Landfill please visit or call 780-723-6476.

Details on the Recycling Depot can be found at

For a complete review of this Bylaw please reference the link below:

Bylaw 2217 - Waste Management Bylaw


This Bylaw is pertaining to the water and sewer services within the Town of Edson.

For a complete review of this Bylaw please reference the link below:

 Bylaw 2114 - Water and Sewer Services Bylaw