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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 at 403.529.8221 or 403.529.8115, by email at or by mail at 580 First Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E6.

 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) #2300
Building Permit To regulate the form, content and cost of permits for the use, construction or demolition of buildings #1678
CCDA Business Tax Rate To provide for the rate of tax payable for the year 2016 in respect of the City Centre Development Area #4351
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
Dishonored Payment Fee To authorize the levying of a charge for dishonoured payments #3224 

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


Electrical Permit Concerning the issuance of permits for electrical work carried out in the City of Medicine Hat #3013
Escort Service To regulate escorts and agencies #3472
First Street South Municipal Historic Area Designation  To designate a specific part of the City of Medicine Hat as a Municipal Historic Area #4212

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


Gas Permit Concerning the issuance of permits for gas fitting work carried out in the City of Medicine Hat #3014
Graffiti To regulate graffiti activities in relation to graffiti #3679
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
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Licensing To control and regulate businesses and industries within the City of Medicine Hat #2339
Manufactured Home Community Monthly Reporting Regarding assessment of designated manufactured homes and reporting requirements for owners of manufactured home communities #3365

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


Municipal Planning Commission To establish a Municipal Planning Commission  #3007
Municipal Police Commission To establish a Municipal Police Commission #1651
Noise For the purpose of prohibiting, eliminating or abating noise #1926
Off-Site Levy

To establish an off-site levy


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
Plumbing & Drainage Regulation To regulate plumbing and drainage in the City of Medicine Hat #2126
Property Tax To authorize Council to impose a property tax for the year 2016 and to exempt certain property from taxation for the year 2016 #4348
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

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
Street To control the use of streets in the city #1556
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 2016 #4349
Supplementary Property Tax To authorize the Council of the City to impose a 2016 supplementary property tax #4350
Tax Certificate To establish fees for tax certificates and other information regarding assessments and taxes provided by the City's Assessment and Taxation Department #3031
Tax Discount To provide incentives for payment of taxes and to provide for payments of interest on overpayment of taxes #3198 
Tax Instalment Payment Plan To provide for payment of taxes by instalments #3302
Tax Penalties To impose penalties on unpaid taxes #3191
Taxi To license, regulate and control the taxi business #2648

To provide for the control and regulation of traffic

Amending Bylaw #4345 - Playground Zone Hours (effective September 1, 2016)



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 Bylaw                         To develop an integrated transportation system designed to service the needs of the City of Medicine Hat #4171 
Tree Preservation Bylaw   To protect Public Trees and prevent the spread of tree related diseases in Medicine Hat, such as Dutch Elm Disease  #4218 
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 attachment to Bylaw #1438)


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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