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The purpose of the project was to create additional opportunities for the operation of microbreweries, distilleries and wineries in commercial and industrial zones in Edmonton.

Project Stage

Zoning Bylaw Council Decision

Changes to Zoning Bylaw 12800 were approved by City Council and came into effect on September 11, 2017 (Item 5.3).

What's Changed

Changes to the Zoning Bylaw include:    

Introduction of the Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries use allowing for the manufacture of alcoholic beverages; public space, including private non-sale hospitality areas for tasting and sampling; and the retail sale of alcohol manufactured on site.

Making the use permitted in most industrial zones and discretionary in commercial zones.

Special land use provisions to manage off-site impacts and to ensure compatibility with surrounding uses.

Changes to the Whyte Avenue Commercial Overlay that allow opportunities for Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries while maintaining the intent to restrict new and expanded Bars and Neighbourhood Pubs, and Nightclubs.

Parking rates in alignment with the changes for the Main Streets Overlay and the reduced parking requirements around transit areas, main streets, and the Downtown area.

The changes will reduce barriers to obtaining approval for craft breweries and distilleries in Edmonton and improve local economic development opportunities.


Traditionally, breweries and distilleries were considered General Industrial activities due to their size. As a result, these businesses were largely limited to industrial areas.

However, in recent years, there has been a surge of interest in microbrewing and in regulatory changes to allow smaller brewing operations in the Province of Alberta.

With changes in consumer tastes and more liberal provincial regulations for brewers, there has been an increase in interest in opening microbreweries, distilleries and wineries in commercial areas in Edmonton.

On June 7, 2017, draft amendments were brought forward for consideration at the Urban Planning Committee meeting.

At this meeting, City staff were directed to prepare amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to bring the proposed changes for Microbreweries, Wineries, and Distilleries forward to Public Hearing.

Public Consultation

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.

On July 9, 2017, a revised report and mark-up of proposed amendments were circulated to internal and external stakeholders.

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