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The Claresholm Development Office can assist you with interpreting the Land Use Bylaw, acquiring the appropriate permits for building, and taking you through the steps to make sure your new dream home, addition, or renovation is completed appropriately, saving you time, money and frustration as you develop your project. The most up-to-date Land Use Bylaw can be found on the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC) website.  ORRSC is our local planning commission. You can also contact our Development Officer for assistance by e-mailing tara@claresholm.ca or by phone at 403.625.3381.

Town of Claresholm PUBLIC GIS ACCESS:

The Town of Claresholm provides a public version (login as Guest) of our Geographic Information System (GIS) for residents to utilize. Residents may access this map and view legal land description’s, addresses and land use zoning. They may also use features such as a measuring tool or aerial photo to gain basic information about parcels and developments.

CLICK HERE to go to the website to access the system.

This page is provided for information only, and it not intended to replace bylaws or legal council.  Please contact the Claresholm Development Officer for the most up-to-date information.

Utility Safety Partners

If you’re a contractor or homeowner planning to disturb the ground, submit a locate request to ensure you don’t come in contact with a dangerous underground utility.

You are not clear to excavate until all utilities have been located. It is the excavator’s responsibility to make sure there is no damage to the located utilities during excavation, and placing a request with Utility Safety Partners does not remove that responsibility.

Utility Safety Partners - Click Before You Dig!

Development Bylaws/Policies

The following statutory plans (bylaws) and policies (see below) are taken into consideration (where applicable) in all land use planning and development decisions.

Municipal Development Plan

A Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a long-range planning tool and must be consistent with provincial Land Use Policies. In addition, all statutory plans including the MDP must be consistent with each other. A MDP is a mandatory requirement under the Municipal Government Act and must be adopted by Bylaw. 

A Municipal Development Plan must address future land use, future development, coordination, transportation and municipal services. 

To view the Town's Municipal Development Plan please visit ORRSC's website here.

Area Structure Plans (ASP)

Section 633 of the Municipal Government Act provides an opportunity for municipalities to provide a framework for subsequent development of an area of land through the creation of an Area Structure Plan (ASP).

Such a plan describes the sequence of development proposed for an area, land uses, the density of population and the location of transportation and public utilities in the plan area. The municipality outlines the procedure through which developers should initiate the creation of such plans through Terms of Reference. 

To view the Town's Area Structure Plans Plan please visit ORRSC's website here.

Town of Claresholm Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw governs and regulates the use and development of all property within the Town. This means that if you are a landowner, renter or prospective buyer, you may be affected by the bylaw. 

The Land Use Bylaw and the Land Use Bylaw Map, which lays out the zoning of each property, can be found on ORRSC's website here.

Town of Claresholm Servicing Standards

The servicing standards are the minimum requirements for the development of new areas or upgrading of existing areas. This requires the subdivision and development of land to be in accordance with procedures and requirements set out in the servicing standards as well as the Town of Claresholm Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw and all applicable planning and development policies. The Town's servicing standards are included in the below document.


DownloadTown Servicing Standards

Development Policies

The Town has a number of policies related to planning and development. The below document contains a list of the relevant policies with a brief description of each one. For a copy of the policies themselves please visit our Bylaws and Policy page linked here.


DownloadDevelopment Policies Listing