Land Use Bylaw

Brazeau County’s Land Use Bylaw 1002--18 was originally adopted by Council on October 16, 2018 and is the governing document for development in Brazeau County. The purpose of the Land Use Bylaw is to regulate the use and development of land and buildings within Brazeau County to ensure the health and safety of our landowners and residents, and to achieve the orderly and economic development of land.

The Land Use Bylaw outlines the rules and regulations for development of land and buildings within Brazeau County for each district (zone), as well as the development permit and subdivision processes.

A Land Use Bylaw is required to divide the County into land use districts, which are also referred to as “zones.” Each property within the County has a zone, which is identified on the maps included in the Land Use Bylaw. Within the Land Use Bylaw, each zone outlines the purpose and intent for the use of land and includes the rules and regulations that must be followed for development. Some examples of districts (zones) within Brazeau County include:

  • Agricultural,
  • Residential,
  • Commercial,
  • Industrial,
  • Recreational,
  • Natural Resource Extraction and Processing; and,
  • Crown Lands.

A full list of the different zones can be found in the Land Use Bylaw. A copy of the Land Use Bylaw 1002-18 can be found here.


  • A LUB is an implementation tool that defines land use districts and development standards applicable to all lands within the County and helps to implement the vision established in the Municipal Development Plan.

    A LUB provides 'prescriptive' regulations that are legally enforceable.  The LUB regulates orderly growth and protects the community from conflicting land uses and unsafe developments.  It divides the municipality into appropriate land use districts according to land use type and intensity.  The LUB controls the use of land in a community, outlining such aspects as:

    • Location of varying types of land uses;
    • Location and size of development parcels and structures;
    • General development regulations for a variety of developments; and
    • Specific use related regulations for special use classes.
  • A MDP is a statutory document that provides a long term vision for the County and addresses issues such as land use, future growth nodes, economic development, social development, transportation and servicing.

    The policies established in the MDP are 'descriptive' in nature and guide the development and investment in the community by addressing issues such as:

    • Clarity of where new housing, commercial, recreational and industrial development is preferred;
    • What kind of services as well as social and physical infrastructure that are needed to achieve  the long term vision; and
    • Processes for development approvals.