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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.

NameBylaw #Description
Animal Control Bylaw
  • Animal Control Bylaw Amendments
1181/14Details requirements for licensing, control, and related fees for animals.
Enables “Livestock”, which includes chickens, within the Town’s municipal limits and clarifies the definition of “Kennel” to increase the number of dogs to 3 dogs (up from 2 dogs).
Aspen Lakes Area Structure Plan Bylaw1185/15Provides a plan for subdivision and development of Aspen Lakes.
Aurora Heights Area Structure Plan Bylaw1165/13Details plans for subdivision and development of the Aurora Heights area in the Town of Blackfalds.
Authorized Overdraft Bylaw1241/20Authorizes temporary bank borrowing from the Servus Credit Union in the Town of Blackfalds.
Borrowing Bylaw (2019)1238/19To authorize Council to incur indebtedness by the issuance of debenture(s) or bank loan for the purpose of purchasing capital land and buildings.
Business License Bylaw1209/17Controls and regulates the regulations for business licensing within the Town of Blackfalds, including business types and related fees.
CAO Appointment Bylaw1288/23Appointment of Chief Administrative Officer effective August 1, 2023.
CAO's Bylaw  1170/14To establish and define the duties and powers of the Chief Administrative Officer and Provide for the Appointment of the Chief Administrative Officer as a designated officer.
Cemetery Bylaw1180/14Outlines the terms for regulation and control of the cemetery
Community Standards Bylaw1220/18Describes the regulations relating to many civic issues including noise issues, unsightly premises, public disturbances, and curfew for youth.  
Council Code of Conduct Bylaw1278/23To ensure the conduct of Council members is consistent with the principles of transparent and accountable government.
Council Procedural Bylaw1289/23To regulate the proceedings and conduct of Council and Council Committee Meetings
Dangerous Goods Transportation Bylaw1141/12Regulates the transportation and handling of dangerous goods within the Town of Blackfalds.
Development Fees and Fines Bylaw1269/22Outlines all the fees and fines regarding development.
Election Sign Bylaw1280/23Encourage the effective use of Election Signs as a means of communication in a manner that ensures safety and aesthetics and that will be equitably applied and enforced.
Electric Distribution System Franchise Agreement1156/13A Bylaw of the Town of Blackfalds in the Province of Alberta for the electric distribution system franchise agreement.

Electric Distribution System Franchise Agreement Amendment

1248/20Amendment to Bylaw 1156/13, to prohibit other persons from providing electric distribution service within the legal boundaries of the municipality.
Fire Protection Bylaw1187/15Provides the establishment and operation of fire protection services.
Lakeside Area Structure Plan Bylaw1174/14Outlines the plans for subdivision and development of the Lakeside area in the Town of Blackfalds.
Land Use Bylaw1268/22
Outlines how districts in the municipality are divided, regulates the land use of each district, and guides decisions on development permits.
McKay Ridge Area Structure Plan Amendment1243/20Being a bylaw of the Town of Blackfalds in the Province of Alberta to amend Land Use Bylaw 1198/16.
Multi-Plex Expansion Borrowing Bylaw1245/20Authorizes 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.
Municipal Election Bylaw1260/21Outlines the process and procedures and provides the authority to hold municipal and school trustee elections within the Town of Blackfalds.
Municipal Emergency Bylaw1252/20Directs the processes and procedures of the Municipal Emergency Management Agency to prepare for and respond to regional and municipal emergencies.
Naming and Addressing Bylaw1182/14Regulates the naming of roadways and development areas within the Town of Blackfalds.
Offsite Levies Bylaw1190/15Authorizes the collection of offsite Levies for the Town of Blackfalds. 
Parental Leave for Elected Officials Bylaw1227/18To establish whether elected officials are entitled to take leave prior to or after the birth or adoption of their child.
Property Tax Bylaw (2022)1271/22Authorizes property tax rates for the 2022 budget year and includes authorization to assess additional tax on properties which have undergone improvements in 2022.
Property Tax Bylaw (2023)1281/23Authorizes property tax rates for the 2023 budget year and includes authorization to assess additional tax on properties which have undergone improvements in 2023.

Public Notification Bylaw
1285/23Ensures that notice is provided to residents in advance about bylaws, resolutions, meetings, and public hearings.  This Bylaw brings the Town of Blackfalds into compliance with the Municipal Government Act and outlines a variety of effective methods for use in communication with residents. 
Rate Bylaw  
  • "Schedule C" Community Services Facilities Fee Schedule
  • "Schedule A" Corporate Services Fee Schedule
1053/07Establishes fees for services provided.
To amend the Rate Bylaw 1053/07 to charge for various goods and services.
To amend the Rate Bylaw 1053/07 to charge for various goods and services.
Records and Information Management Bylaw1249/20Establish regulations for the systematic management, retention and disposition of records and information for the Town of Blackfalds
Redesignation of Lot 3, Block 1,
Plan 102 2233 Bylaw
1276/23Redistrict a portion of Lot 3, Block 1, Plan 102 2233 (2.53 HA) from Commercial Highway District (C-2) to Public Facility District (PF) designation.
Regional Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw1274/22For the purpose of exercising the functions of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) in accordance with the Act and for the provision of Regional Intermunicipal SDAB services by Parkland Community Planning Services.
Security Alarm System Bylaw1219/17Regulates security alarm systems in order to reduce false alarms that require RCMP or Fire Dept. response.  
Smoking and Vaping Bylaw1228/18To regulate smoking and vaping of cannabis and tobacco products in public places
Solid Waste Management Bylaw
  • Schedule A 2024 Solid Waste Rates
1167/13To regulate the handling, collection and disposal of solid waste in the Town of Blackfalds.
Subdivision Authority Bylaw1284/23For the purpose of rescinding Bylaw 867/00 and to establish the subdivision authority in the Town of Blackfalds.
Taxi Business Bylaw1158/13Outlines the regulations for the licensing and control of taxis within the Town of Blackfalds
Traffic Bylaw1232/19Respecting the safety, health and welfare and the protection of people and property
Urban Hen Bylaw1286/23Details requirements for licensing, control and related fees for Urban Hens
Utility Bylaw
  • Schedule 'B' 2024 Water & Wastewater Rates
1250/20To Regulate the supply and use of water, wastewater and stormwater utilities in the Town of Blackfalds  
NamePolicy #Description
Abbey Centre - Acceptable Usage165/23To set guidelines for use of the Abbey Centre facility amenities that ensure that spontaneous and structured play for paying members and users is protected while accommodating events, which generates additional revenue and increases tourism and other related benefits.
Advertising and Sponsorship
121/16The Advertising and Sponsorship Policy provides guidelines and flexibility to maximize revenue opportunities while protecting the Town’s corporate values, image, assets, and interests.
Asset Management
161/22Facilitate the logical, methodical, and informed decision-making for the Town’s Asset Management Program to achieve greater Asset Life-cycle management and effective allocation of resources.
Certificate of Compliance
168/23Establish a consistent approach for requirements and develop a procedure for processing Certificate of Compliance requests.
Civic Facility Visitation Security and Identification
127/16This responsibility of safety and security extends to visitors, conducting business at the Civic Centre and FCSS facilities. In the interests of security, a required security identification policy and visitor sign-in/out procedure is necessary for all visitors at the Civic Centre.
Corporate Credit Card Usage
152/21To set parameters, identify accountability, and establish protocol for financial transactions made on behalf of the Town of Blackfalds by approved credit card holders utilizing Municipal issued credit cards.
Council Board/Committee147/20Establish and maintain the following Boards/Committees to assist in undertaking the responsibilities of Recreation, Economic Development, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Library Services, Policing, and Planning and Development Control.
Council Remuneration & Compensation
156/21To outline the remuneration and compensation provided to Mayor and Council through honorarium, per diem rates, expenses, benefits, and professional development, as well as the process for reviews and adjustments as identified through the Terms of Reference – Council Remuneration Review Committee.
Environment Management
145/20
Policy will assist the Town to lead environmental mandates for the protection, conservation and enhancement of the environment through our local, provincial and regional partnerships.
Fleet & Equipment Replacement
113/14Define criteria and processes that allow for timely replacement or addition of municipal equipment and to determine estimated funding dedication to Equipment Reserves to fund the purchase at the established timelines.
Human Resources Framework
178/24To establish a framework for developing Human Resources’ Administrative Policies, Administrative Procedures and operational practices for the Town of Blackfalds implemented by the Chief Administrative Officer.
Management of MR and ER Lands
120/16Provide direction for the management of Town owned reserve lands, how to deal with existing encroachments on reserves, the potential disposal and leasing of existing reserve lands, and the acquisition of reserve lands in new subdivisions.
Municipal Facility Office Space
163/22The Town of Blackfalds is dependent on external outreach agencies for needed services and providing office space for these agencies, when available is of benefit to the Community.
Occupational Health and Safety
129/16To provide an Occupational Health & Safety Program that provides a safe and healthy workplace for all employees of the Town of Blackfalds and in doing so, protects Employees, property, and the public from harm.
Office Hours
153/21To be accountable to residents in setting and offering consistent hours by which the Civic Centre will operate and provide services.
Organizational Structure
177/24To establish and ensure that the Town of Blackfalds has an appropriate Senior Management Team Organizational Structure, as developed by the Chief Administrative Officer and approved by Council.  
Policy Governance Framework
169/23
To establish and provide a framework for developing and classifying Town Policies into either Council Policies or Administrative Policies.
Potable Water Management 146/20This Policy will help the Town to lead environmental mandates relating to potable water usage for the protection, conservation, and enhancement of the environment through our local, provincial, and regional partnerships.
Procurement174/24To establish the basic direction, philosophies, and values for the procurement of Goods, Services and Construction for use by the Town of Blackfalds.  
Public Donation
134/19Set out the circumstances under which the Town of Blackfalds Council may approve financial donations or donations of resources by request of individuals, community groups, and/or organizations within the community and region.
Public Participation170/23To establish and create opportunities for meaningful public participation in specific decisions that directly impact the public in accordance with Section 216.1 of the Municipal Government Act.
Purchasing 151/21Acquire goods and services for the Town of Blackfalds using a method that provides the best value for the dollars spent.
Snow and ice Maintenance148/20This Policy will assist the Town in following environmental mandates relating to winter maintenance for the protection, conservation, and enhancement of the environment through this policy.
Travel and Subsistence
173/23
This policy will guide Council of the Town of Blackfalds on the fair and consistent treatment of
reimbursement of business expenses.
Video Surveillance
140/20

This policy relates solely to the operation of the public surveillance system and is to be read in conjunction with the town’s procedures regarding the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP), and in general accordance with the principles contained within the Service Alberta Guide to Using Surveillance Cameras in Public Areas & the FOIP Act.

Website117/15

The policy is put into place to ensure that the Town website is a key tool in the distribution of information to residents, businesses, visitors, media, and the public at large.

Wordmark and Corporate Branding154/22This policy establishes guidelines for the use of the Town wordmark and ensures that the corporate image is presented in the most ideal and professional format in various forms of use.