Bylaw Reviews

Proposed Bylaw 470 - Notification Bylaw

Bylaw 470 received first reading by Banff Town Council on February 13, 2023. A bylaw must receive three readings before it becomes law.

A Public Hearing on this proposed bylaw is scheduled to occur: 
Monday, April 24, 2023, at 2 p.m. 

Place of Hearing: Council Chamber, Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street. Members of the public may also watch the live stream of the meeting at

Purpose: The purpose of proposed Bylaw 470 is to add alternative methods that the Town of Banff may choose to use for notifying the public about bylaws, meetings, resolutions public hearings or other municipal matters that must be advertised according to provincial legislation.

Background: For certain matters, the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires municipalities to notify the public about the matter. The two methods available for notification are:

  • use newspaper advertising, or
  • mail or deliver to every affected residence.  

In 2017, the Government of Alberta added more choices to local government. The province said municipalities can use one or more other methods for advertising proposed bylaws, resolutions, meetings, public hearings or other things, including electronic means, such as through the internet. To add alternative notification methods, a municipality must pass a bylaw.

New Bylaw: The Town of Banff is proposing this new bylaw to be able to choose additional or alternative methods for notifying the public, including:

  • newspaper advertising; and/or
  • mail or delivery to residential properties; and/or
  • electronically by posting on Town of Banff official website (; and/or
  • electronically by posting the notice prominently on any of the Town of Banff’s official social media channels/sites; and/or
  • electronically by posting through subscriber-based e-newsletters; and/or 
  • by posting the notice prominently on signage on high-resident-traffic roadside/sidewalk locations, or municipal displays accessible to the community.

Related documents:

Provide Feedback
Members of the public may provide input on this proposed bylaw in person, live online or through written submission:

  1. Make a presentation at the public hearing at the Banff Town Hall Council Chamber in person or via Zoom online. To register to speak at the hearing, contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 403.762.1209 or email Notices of oral presentations received prior to 12 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023, will be included in the publicly available Agenda. People who have registered in advance are heard first. People may decide to speak at the meeting if appearing in person. Each speaker is limited to five minutes to present. Presentations are live streamed, recorded and published online.
  2. If you would like your written correspondence presented at the public hearing and included in the publicly available Agenda, please send it directly to the Municipal Clerk by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21 , 2023, by email to; or fax to 403.762.1260; or drop off 12 printed copies at Banff Town Hall at 110 Bear Street; or mail 12 printed copies to Town of Banff, Attention Municipal Clerk, P.O Box 1260, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1A1; or complete an online form at
    All written submissions will be published online and included in the Corporate Record of the meeting (with email, phone or home address removed). 
    Written submissions received after 4 p.m. on April 6, but before the close of the Public Hearing, will be distributed to Council on the date of the Public Hearing (if 12 copies are provided) and included in the Corporate Record of the meeting.

Submit a petition
Petitions are legal documents that request Council to take action if sufficient representation is recorded. The Municipal Government Act (Section 219) has specific requirements to be met before it is considered.