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County of St. Paul Planning & Development

Planning Bylaws, Standards and Policies 

County of St. Paul Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, General Municipal Servicing Standards, and Reserve Land Management Policy Review for Red Tape Reduction were passed by Council at the October 12, 2021 Council meeting.

Land Use Bylaw enacted on October 12, 2021

Land Use Bylaw, Consolidated Copy, July 12 2022

Proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendments and Draft Bylaw (as of December 12, 2023)  
A Public Hearing is scheduled for February 13 at 11:30 a.m. 
See complete information. 

General Municipal Servicing Standards (GMSS)
provide direction and guidance to land developers, and County Council and Administration in the development of land, including the development process and ultimately servicing of new developments.  This ensures proper and fair process for all applications and allows the County to ensure quality development that supports its long-term vision in a sustainable way.

Municipal Development Plan - Consolidated July 12, 2022 including Alternate Energy

Amendment to GMSS via Bylaw 2022-15 pertaining to Road Classifications, passed September 13, 2022


Lakeshore Developments

Property development is increasing on Alberta’s lakeshores. Shoreland development can have cumulative, detrimental effects on lakes and lakeshore areas.

An Alberta Government Temporary Field Authorization (TFA) will be required for placing a mooring structure for personal recreational use in Crown owned-bed and shore, for longer than 14 days.
Alberta Government Fact Sheet
Request for Client ID Application
Application for Temporary Field Authorization

Note:  This is an Alberta government requirement.  If you have questions regarding a client ID or the Temporary Field Authorization, please call Alberta Environment and Parks
at 780-623-5279. 
The County cannot advise individuals on what the province will require or approve. 

If you are not the waterfront landowner, the province requires written consent from the waterfront landowner before an authorization may be issued.  In many instances, this may be the local municipality if the waterfront property is a municipal or
an environmental reserve. 

There is a $50 fee per letter for each Letter of Consent to cross County Lands for the purpose of acquiring a permit from Alberta Environment and Parks for a Mooring Structure (dock).

If the applicant requires a Municipal Letter of Consent from the County, please fill in the Lakeshore Developments form by clicking here.


Planning & Development Process

What's the difference between a Development Permit and a Building Permit?  

The Development Permit is reviewed against the rules of a Land Use Bylaw (zoning).  A development permit provides permission for a specific type of development to take place on a site. For example, the development may have height limits, minimum parking requirements, proper setback from the property lines,
maximum lot coverage or specific rules on the architecture of the proposal. 

Building Permit is reviewed against the rules of the Building Code.  A building permit is one that allows the construction of a building or structure to move forward on the condition that it addresses and is in compliance with the building code of a city, town or county. A building permit is necessary when any construction, relocation, alteration, demolition or repair is taking place on a property. 


Development Permits

Looking to build? Need a Development Permit?

Development Permit Information - Link here
Development Permit Application - Link here
Application for Development Permit Policy - Link here

See the link to general Development Permit Information and follow this 6 step process to a successful application:

1. Review the Bylaw

2. Review Development Permit Information

General Development Permit information can be found here.

5. Fill Out a Permit Application

Complete your permit applications as required. The listing of permit applications can be found above under 'Permit Applications'.

6. Email your completed Development Permit Applications to either -

Gary Buchanan [email protected]
Chelsey Cartron [email protected] 
Amanda Antwi-Nsiah  [email protected]

Due to the volume of work the response time is currently up to 5 business days.  Thank you, in advance, for your patience.


Safety Code Permit Applications

All Safety Codes permits for the County of St. Paul are issued through Superior Safety Codes Inc. including permits for - 

*  Building
NOTE:  Waste material from building, construction and demolition sites require a completed Building Demolition Permit that must be submitted for approval prior
to taking material to the County Transfer Stations.  Approval is given by either Jason Storch or Warren Leister at the County of St. Paul. 
Link to Information on demolition materials      Link to Building Demolition Permit

*  Electrical
*  Gas
*  Plumbing
*  Private Sewage Disposal System

Online, fill-able forms can be found on the website for Superior Safety Codes at this link:  Superior Safety Codes Forms 

Note:  You will see a prompt box asking 'Enter your municipality'.  Enter 'County of St. Paul No.19'. 
The permit types will be shown.  Click on the permit you are requesting. 

If you have questions, contact Superior Safety Codes at:

Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 780-870-9020


Alberta One-Call

Alberta One-Call is now Utility Safety Partners
The former Alberta One-Call, Alberta Common Ground Alliance, and the Joint Utility Safety Team have united under one name: Utility Safety Partners.  In Alberta, hundreds of thousands of kilometres of buried cable and pipe deliver essential services like heat, electricity, water, cell service and internet communications. Utilities lie unseen just below the surfaces of our streets, sidewalks, parks, fields, farms and our yards.
Click Before You Dig:  Utility Safety Partners Contact Link


Subdivision Application Package

Please contact Municipal Planning Services (2009) Ltd. if you have questions about subdivisions or
if you are planning to apply for a subdivision.

Phone:  780-486-1991      Email  [email protected] 

All Subdivision Forms (download to access fillable form) 

Municipal Planning Services Subdivision Fees as of September 1, 2023

Area Structure Plans

permits and applications

Elk Point Airport Intermunicipal Area Structure Plan  - Final, August 21, 2023
In October 2022, the Town of Elk Point, County of St. Paul and St. Paul/ Elk Point Economic Development Alliance retained the services of HM Aero Aviation Consulting and its subconsultant to complete an Intermunicipal Area Structure Plan (IASP) for the Elk Point Airport.  The intent is that the IASP will guide future growth and development at the Airport with the aim of improving revenue generation and regional economic prosperity.


A Public Hearing was held on Tuesday, October 24.


Area Structure Plan:  The Town of St. Paul and County of St. Paul are currently looking to address the long-term planning and development of 588.4 hectares of land located on the northern portion of the town.

To address this need, the Town and County are commissioning the preparation of an Area Structure Plan (ASP).
Link to website and additional information
The complete engagement summary can be viewed here.


Buffalo Trail South Inter-municipal Area Structure Plan:  The Town of Elk Point and County of St. Paul are partnering to develop an Inter-municipal Area Structure Plan (ASP).

The ASP will guide future growth and development of lands located at the southern gateway to Elk Point, including lands in both the Town and County. Residents will have several opportunities at key milestones to help shape the vision for the Plan Area.

Visit our project website for detailed information about the Buffalo Trail South Area Structure Plan (ASP) Project, upcoming engagement opportunities, and to stay up-to-date on the project!    Link to Project website  

The County of St Paul (the County), Town of Elk Point (the Town) and ISL have completed a review of current Town and County policies, bylaws, prepared transportation studies and market analyses, and conducted environmental reviews to support the development of two Intermunicipal Area Structure Plans (IASP), one at the north gateway to Elk Point and one at the south gateway to Elk Point. In addition, we’ve had discussions with plan area landowners and interested parties to learn about their concerns and plans for the future to inform the development of the draft Buffalo Trail North IASP and Buffalo Trail South IASP.

We are now entering the final phase of the projects. Based on the background review and community feedback collected, the County, Town and ISL have prepared draft IASPs for both gateways which includes a development concept and policies that direct future development in the study areas.

Contact us or visit the Town, County, or project websites to read more about the IASP projects.

Ken Gwozdz, CAO
Town of Elk Point
[email protected]
Sheila Kitz, CAO
County of St. Paul
780-645-3301 ext. 1208
[email protected]

Altaland Industrial Park Area Structure Plan (ASP): The purpose of this ASP is to provide a document to establish a land use framework for the north half of NE1-58-10-W4 within The County of St. Paul No. 19. This Area Structure Plan will guide the review and approval of future development applications within the Plan area.A subdivision and redistricting application is submitted concurrently with this Area Structure Plan. The subdivision will require County of St. Paul approval prior to any development in the Plan area. The Plan area will also be redistricted from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial/Commercial (IC) District.

This ASP is located immediately west of Range Road 100 and south of Highway 29. The Town of St. Paul is located east of the Plan area and Upper Therien Lake is to the southeast. The Plan  is located within the boundaries of County of St. Paul No. 19 and legally defined as NE1 58-10-W4.
Link to Altaland Industrial Park Area Structure Plan

Contact  Eric Sehn, Planner
Select Engineering Consultants
[email protected]


St. Paul North Intermunicipal Area Structure Plan   Link to project website

The Town of St. Paul (Town) and County of St. Paul (County) are currently looking to address the long-term planning and development of 588.4 hectares of land located adjacent to the northern end of the Town. This area includes both lands within the boundary of the Town and lands within the boundary of the County.

To address this planning and development, the Town and County are commissioning the preparation of an intermunicipal Area Structure Plan (ASP).



Projects & Plans

The County of St. Paul has developed a number of municipal and inter-municipal development plans in accordance with the Government of Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA). 

Inter-Municipal Development Plan: Rural

Inter-Municipal Development Plan: Urban

Area Structure Plans

The County of St. Paul is constantly evolving and two key areas currently under development are Garner Lake and the Lac Sante Area.

Lac Sante Area

In 2008, in response to the development that had occurred adjacent to the lake in the 1990s and 2000s, the Counties of St. Paul and Two Hills began work on an Area Structure Plan (ASP) for the Lac Sante area.

[View Plan]

Garner Lake

In early 2008 in response to the steady increase in interest toward lake-oriented development in Smoky Lake County and the County of St. Paul, as well as a growing awareness of the importance of local environmental stewardship and healthy watersheds, both Counties began work on revising the existing Area Structure Plan for the Garner Lake Area.

[View Plan]

Policies & Bylaws

Policies are created to guide decision-making on municipal matters.  These policies are approved by County of St. Paul Council.  In accordance with Section 638.2 of the Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000, c M-26, the following Planning and Development policies have been created and adopted:

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have a Planning & Development related question we invite you to contact the County of St. Paul using the contact information found on this page.

Contact Information

[email protected]
780-646-6750 (please leave a message)

AMANDA ANTWI-NSIAH, Planning & Development Officer
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 780-646-6792

CHELSEY CARTRON, Planning & Development Officer
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 780-646-6806

JEFF SYDORUK, Building Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-870-9020

RON MATIEJEWSKI, Building Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-489-4777

JACK KELLER, Electrical Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-870-9020

BRAD DINGMAN, Plumbing & Gas Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-489-4777

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