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What is a bylaw?

A bylaw​ is a law created by the local government, in our case The City of Calgary, to meet the needs of citizens and resolve issues. Bylaws apply within the city limits. In Alberta, a local government's powers and duties are given to them by the Province of Alberta under the Municipal Government Act. This includes the power to enact bylaws.

The City may create bylaws for a municipal purpose in relation to those matters listed in the Municipal Government Act. Matters include:

  • Public safety
  • Citizen health and welfare
  • Protection of private and public property
  • Nuisances and unsightly premises
  • Public places
  • Transportation
  • Business activities
  • Services provided by The City
  • Utilities
  • Animals
  • Enforcement