The City of Medicine Hat promotes a healthy environment and encourages you to do your part by having attractive and well-maintained landscaping on your property. This page is to provide information to private homeowners regarding the landscaping of their own properties within the city. Land developers should refer to their contractual agreements for landscaping requirements. Commercial property owners should refer to the landscaping requirements for non-residential districts in the Land Use Bylaw.
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Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E6
Boulevard means a strip of land between a property boundary and the street. It will typically include a developed area with or without a sidewalk.
Development Permit means a document authorizing a development issued under the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw.
Landscaping or Landscaped means the enhancement of a site by the addition of:
- soft landscaping - trees, shrubs, turf, other vegetative plantings, or mulch; or
- hard landscaping - decorative hardsurfacing elements such as pavers, landscaping rock, or stamped and coloured concrete,
but does not include monolithic concrete (ie: large slab), asphalt, gravel, or loose aggregate.
Pond means a water pond for decorative or landscaping purposes which has water depth of less than 600mm (24"). Ponds are considered landscaping elements. Swimming pools are defined as having 600mm or more of water depth, are considered recreational structures, and involve stricter regulations.
Utility right-of-way (UROW) means a registered easement on private land that allows the City and various utility companies the right to access the utilities or services that are commonly buried within the right of way. It is not permitted to build permanent structures, nor to plant trees or shrubs within a utility right of way.
Xeriscaping is a method of quality landscaping that conserves water and reduces maintenance by using site-appropriate plants. When xeriscaped, a site or garden does not need to rely on frequent irrigation and often can be sustained only with rainfall. Xeriscaping should not be confused with zeroscaping, which is ground cover with no vegetation; only rock, gravel and other hard surfaces.