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City of Medicine Hat Bylaws

The following is not a comprehensive list of all City of Medicine Hat Bylaws currently in force. We have attempted to post the City Bylaws most commonly consulted and/or requested by the general public. Click the Bylaw Number below in the table to read the Bylaw.

If you are looking for a particular bylaw that is not listed below, contact the City Clerk Department by email at to request a copy.

To report a complaint contact Bylaw Enforcement - 403.529.8481 or for inquiries - 403.529.8447.

 Bylaw Name  Description                                              Bylaw Number
Administrative Organization Establishes the organizational structure of the City's administrative team #4311
Alarm Systems To reduce the number of false alarms responded to by the City's Police Service and Fire Services #3716
Amusement Arcade & Billiard Room

To license and regulate certain businesses (amusement arcades, amusement machine distributors and billiard halls)


Brownfield Tax Incentive To provide for full or partial exemptions from taxation, or deferral of the collection of taxes, under Part 10, Division 2 of the MGA, pursuant to section 364.1 of the MGA #4585
CCDA Business Tax Rate To provide for the rate of tax payable for the year 2020 in respect of the City Centre Development Area #4623
Cemeteries To provide for and make provision for the improvement, maintenance, management, control and operation of Public Cemeteries #3121
City Centre Development Area To establish the City Centre Development Area. The Municipal Government Act S.A. 1994, Chapter M-26.1 allows a council to establish a business revitalization zone by bylaw #2365
Combative Sports To establish a commission to regulate and control combative sports in the City of Medicine Hat #4048
Community Noise Standards          To regulate noise #4353
Council Code of Conduct  To establish a code of conduct for members of Council #4492
Dishonored Payment Fee

To authorize the levying of a charge for dishonoured payments


Electric Utility

To regulate and control the generation, distribution and use of electrical energy in the service area of the City of Medicine Hat's Electric Utility as designated by the Alberta Utilities Commission


Emergency Management             Respecting Emergency Management 


Escort Service

To regulate escorts and agencies


Fire To regulate Fire Services  #4500 
Fireworks To regulate and control the sale and discharging of fireworks within the City of Medicine Hat  #4602 
First Street South Municipal Historic Area Designation  To designate a specific part of the City of Medicine Hat as a Municipal Historic Area #4212
Gas Utility

To regulate and control production, distribution and use of natural gas in the Service Area of the City of Medicine Hat's Gas Utility          


Graffiti To regulate graffiti activities in relation to graffiti #3679
Heritage Savings Reserve  To establish a Heritage Savings Reserve  #4422 
Interest Charge on Unpaid General Accounts To fix an interest charge on unpaid general accounts #1981
Land Use To regulate and control or prohibit the use and development of land and buildings within the City in accordance with the provisions of the Act         #4168

To control and regulate businesses and industries within the City of Medicine Hat                      


Manufactured Home Community Monthly Reporting Regarding assessment of designated manufactured homes and reporting requirements for owners of manufactured home communities #3365
Municipal Airport Zoning Regulations To regulate the use of lands adjacent to or in the vicinity of the Medicine Hat Municipal Airport within the City for the purpose of ensuring that any use is not incompatible with the safe operation of the said Airport #4294

Municipal Development Plan (MDP)





MDP Amendments

The Council of the City of Medicine Hat has revised its Municipal Development Plan so that it meets the changing needs of the City. This bylaw is to adopt a Municipal Development Plan

Amendments to Schedules "A" and "F"







Municipal Planning Commission To establish a Municipal Planning Commission  #3007
Municipal Police Commission To establish a Municipal Police Commission #1651
Off-Site Levy

To establish an off-site levy

Schedule "E" CORVUS Off-Site Levy Review

Schedule "F" City of Medicine Hat Off-Site Levy Project Processes Report





Outdoor Burning To reduce the risk of uncontrolled fires and nuisances that may arise from certain outdoor burning practices #2703 
Parks To provide for the regulation of parks and recreational areas #2527
Pawnbrokers & Secondhand Dealers To regulate pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers #3484
Procedure  To regulate the proceedings in the Council of the City of Medicine Hat and in the boards and committees, and define certain duties of council, its boards and committees and certain officers.  #2270
Property Tax To authorize Council to impose a property tax for the year 2020 and to exempt certain property from taxation for the year 2020 #4621
Public Roads 

To regulate and control the use of Highways 

(Including: parking, use of streets (e.g., snow and ice clearing, pedestrians, cycling, vehicle operation and merchants), speed limits, heavy truck routes and protection of street surfaces.)

Public Safety To regulate public behavior #4009
Public Service Advisory Boards  To establish Public Services Advisory Boards #3296 
Records Management                 To provide for the management, retention
and disposition of municipal records and documents
Remembrance Day To require the closing of certain shops and businesses on Remembrance Day #2433
Responsible Animal Ownership To regulate animals and activities in relation to them #3935
Safety Codes Permit

To establish the application procedure and fees for permits issued or any other material or service provided pursuant to the Safety Codes Act, the Regulations and this Bylaw


School Bus Alternately Flashing    

Red Lights and Stop Arm

To regulate the use or operation of alternately flashing red lights and the stop arms on school buses within the City of Medicine Hat   #2498

To regulate the use of Public and Private sewers and drains and the disposal of sewage and the discharge of waters and waste into the Medicine Hat sewer system


Skateboarding To regulate and control skateboarding #3506
Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Places To prohibit smoking in outdoor public places #4136
Smoke-Free Vehicles for Minors To protect minors from the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke in vehicles #4053
Subdivision & Development Appeal Board To establish a subdivision and development appeal board #3009
Subdivision Authorities To establish a subdivision authority #3008
Supplementary Assessment     To authorize the preparation of Supplementary Assessments during 2020 #4620
Supplementary Property Tax To authorize the Council of the City to impose a 2020 supplementary property tax #4622
Tax Arrears Instalment Payment Plan                                       To provide for the payment of taxes in arrears by instalments #3303 

Tax Certificate                                     


To establish fees for tax certificates and other information regarding assessments and taxes provided by the City's Assessment and Taxation Department


Tax Discount

To provide incentives for payment of taxes and to provide for payments of interest on overpayment of taxes


Tax Instalment Payment Plan

To provide for the payment of taxes by installments                 


Tax Penalties

To impose penalties on unpaid taxes


Transportation of Dangerous Goods To designate the route and time of travel of vehicles transporting dangerous goods, and prohibiting the carriage of dangerous goods on those highways specified in the bylaw           #2759
Transportation                      To develop an integrated transportation system designed to service the needs of the City of Medicine Hat #4171 
Tree Preservation   To protect Public Trees and prevent the spread of tree-related diseases in Medicine Hat, such as Dutch Elm Disease  #4218 
Tri-Area Intermunicipal Development Plan   To adopt the Cypress County, Town of Redcliff and City of Medicine Hat Tri-Area Intermunicipal Development Plan #4605 
Unsightly Property To promote the maintenance of property and to address unsightly property within the City of Medicine Hat #3117
Utility Deposit To require deposits from certain utility consumers #3373
Utility Penalty

To impose a penalty on utility arrears

(Bylaw #3210 is included as an attachment to Bylaw #1438)

Vehicle for Hire
To licence, regulate and control Vehicles For Hire #4617

To establish and maintain a system for the collection, removal, and disposal of ashes, garbage, refuse, and other waste in the City of Medicine Hat



Respecting water service


Weed Control To regulate and control weeds #1982


The Bylaws available on the City of Medicine Hat website are for general information only.
There is no guarantee of their completeness or correctness.

For a certified copy of any City bylaw, contact the City Clerk Department.

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