Edmonton’s New Zoning Bylaw Approved

Edmonton’s  new Zoning Bylaw (Charter Bylaw 20001) and city-wide rezoning (Charter Bylaw 21001) were approved by City Council on October 23, 2023, and came into effect on January 1, 2024. Development Permit decisions made after the enactment date, regardless of the application date, will be based on the new Zoning Bylaw. 

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Changing Regulations

The Zoning Bylaw regulates development on private land in Edmonton. These regulations can be changed by City Council through a Zoning Bylaw text amendment.

Text amendments are not the same as a rezoning; they can apply more widely across the city instead of to just a specific site or area.


Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative

For the first time in over 60 years, Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw was overhauled to rethink how, what and why the City regulates in terms of land development to ensure greater usability, adaptability and alignment with The City Plan and other City policies and initiatives. 

Since 2018, Edmontonians have played a critical role in shaping the Zoning Bylaw through workshops, online surveys, information sessions and more. Work continued until October 2023, when the updated bylaw was approved by City Council at a Public Hearing. 

Visit the Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative page to learn more about the creation of Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw.

Zoning Bylaw 12800 Text Amendments

Learn more about past text amendments to Zoning Bylaw 12800 - Edmonton’s previous Zoning Bylaw.

Text Amendment Process

Text Amendment Process

Public involvement is an important part of the text amendment process. Text amendments to the Zoning Bylaw follow the following four stage process:

Zoning Text Amendment Project Stages

Information Gathering

During the information gathering stage, City staff research text amendment options and any associated land use issues. At this stage, information may be compiled into a report and presented to the Urban Planning Committee of Council. The Urban Planning Committee may recommend that City Council consider a Zoning Bylaw text amendment.

Public Involvement: Many of the projects listed on this page will have a public engagement component that will be described in greater detail on the individual project page. We welcome public involvement, as it helps to inform recommendations and reports to City Council. 

Draft Amendment

During the draft amendment stage, City staff use the information obtained during the information gathering stage to craft a draft Zoning Bylaw amendment.

Public involvement: The draft amendment will be sent or presented to interest groups such as community associations, business groups, City of Edmonton departments, external government agencies, or the general public in order to get feedback. The amendment may be redrafted several times at this stage to reflect the comments received. 

Proposed Amendment

During the proposed amendment stage, a draft bylaw containing the amendments is finalized and a report is prepared for a public hearing and Council vote.

Public Involvement: If you wish to offer feedback at this point in the process, you must register to speak to City Council at the public hearing where the proposed amendments will be heard or submit written comments. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for further information about registering to speak at a public hearing or submitting written comments.

Council Decision

At the council decision stage, the proposed text amendment must receive three readings from Council in order to be added to the Zoning Bylaw.

Public Involvement: There is no public involvement at this stage of the process.