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Land Use Bylaw

Land Use Bylaw


The City of Lethbridge’s current Land Use Bylaw became effective September 1, 2011. At 200 plus pages, Land Use By-law 5700 is the City’s largest by-law. It is referred to and interpreted dozens of times a day to provide advice and make decisions. The Land Use Bylaw sets out the rules for what kind of building or activity can take place on private property and it outlines the process for issuing Development Permits that gives approval for that new building or activity.

The Land Use Bylaw divides the city into different zones or districts. These are identified on the zoning map. The development rules that apply to each of those districts contains 2 lists of allowable land uses – Permitted Uses and Discretionary Uses, and some rules governing the placement and size of buildings. There are other rules as well: parking space requirements, Home Occupation rules, and rules governing Signs and Billboards to mention a few.

If you are planning to build on your property or move your business into a new space you more-than-likely need a Development Permit before you can obtain a Building Permit or a Business License. Please give the Planning and Development Services Department a call or visit (1st floor City Hall, 910 4th Avenue South) and we will be happy to help you get started.

Review Project


Lethbridge's current Land Use Bylaw 5700 was adopted in 2011. Over the years, Administration has noted various areas where Lethbridge's bylaw could be improved to better respond to the land use and development needs of its citizens. Recent strategies and plans adopted and endorsed by Council, such as the Municipal Housing Strategy and Council's Strategic Plan, are additional drivers for a review. An update is required to realign the Land Use Bylaw with the community's vision and to prepare for additional changes once an updated MDP is adopted.

A series of changes to the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) will be required over a period of 2 years. Phase 1 changes (housekeeping-type changes) – those currently being reviewed – will be accomplished by repealing the current LUB 5700 and adopting a new LUB.

Question & Answer Opportunity

As in-person gatherings are not possible at this time, we moved our typical information open house online. From June 1 to June 15, questions could be submitted to the City’s Senior Development Officer regarding the draft of the proposed updated Land Use Bylaw.

The proposed updated Land Use Bylaw (available here and here you'll find a summary of the most significant changes) will now be presented to City Council at a public hearing on Monday July 13, 2020 at 4:00pm in Council Chamber, Main Floor, City Hall, 910 – 4th Avenue S.  The proposed bylaw is also scheduled for second and third reading by Council.

This presentation and report were given to the City of Lethbridge Community Issues Committee on April 27, 2020 (agenda item 4.3). The presentation outlines the changes being proposed to the Land Use Bylaw. To watch the presentation and download the slides, please visit this link. The Land Use Bylaw presentation begins at 2:42:45 of the video.

How to Participate in the Public Hearing

Affected persons wishing to submit a letter, public opinion poll or other communication concerning these matters may do so provided they are typed or legibly written and include the name of the writer and focus on the application and its planning merits. Only those submissions received by the City Clerk's Office in City Hall or e-mailed to by 12:00 p.m., Monday July 6, 2020 shall be included in the Council Agenda.  Please indicate the bylaw number (Bylaw Number 6300) in your email or written submission.

Participation is a vital part of public hearings, and we are doing our best to facilitate public participation while ensuring the public is safe during COVID-19. Please contact if you wish to speak at the public hearing so that they may provide additional guidance. Information about City Council meetings during COVID-19 can be found here (

Personal information provided in submissions is collected under the authority of the Municipal Government Act, Section 606, and the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Section 33(c) for the purpose of public participation in land use decision making. Submissions meeting the criteria will be included in the public meeting Council Agenda as received in accordance with Section 40(1) of the FOIP Act and will only be used for City Council's consideration of the issue before them.

If you have any questions regarding the collection of this information please contact the FOIP Coordinator at (403) 329-7329.

Future Land Use Bylaw Updates

The process for more substantial amendments (Phases 2 & 3 – anticipated to begin in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) will include further stakeholder consultation and public engagement.

Land Use Bylaw 5700
Land Use Bylaw 5700
Zoning Map