Bylaws ensure the quality of life in our town, and Bruderheim Town Council is interested in providing residents with improved bylaw services. The first step is communication to ensure that all residents have a good understanding of the key bylaws serving our community.
If you have any questions about Bruderheim bylaws, check out our Bylaw FAQs or contact the Director of Development and Legislative Services (780-796-3731) at the Town Office, located at 5017 Queen Street.
Which bylaw are you looking for?
After-Hours Bylaw Contact
For Bylaw complaints after 1:00 a.m.:
Noisy party complaints – contact RCMP in Fort Saskatchewan.
Barking dog complaints – contact RCMP. They may request that you wait until morning to contact Bylaw Services depending on how busy they are and the severity of the barking.
Vicious dog attack – contact RCMP and they will either come out or contact Bylaw Services to come out.
Bylaw Phone Number: (780) 449-0170
RCMP: (780) 992-6100
Bruderheim Bylaw FAQs
What is a Bylaw?
The "by" in Bylaw is an old Norse word that means "Town." A bylaw is simply a Town, or local, law.
What is a Bylaw "reading"?
You may have heard of a bylaw receiving or passing 'readings'. All proposed bylaws must undergo three separate readings, or stages of consideration, before they can become law. This means that Town Council has three different opportunities to consider the pros and cons, and to vote, on a particular bylaw. This ensures that each bylaw is carefully considered before it is passed.
The first reading is similar to a test, to see if Council wishes to consider the issue at all. The second reading gives Council a chance to debate the issue and make amendments to the bylaw. The third reading is the final opportunity for debate and changes.
During each reading, Council members vote on whether or not to move the proposed bylaw to the next reading. If, by number of votes, the bylaw fails any of the readings, it dies. Alternatively, if a bylaw reaches the third reading and by majority of votes is carried, the bylaw is considered passed and adopted.
Does the public have opportunity for input?
In some cases, such as for proposed Land Use Bylaws, municipalities are required to hold a public hearing after the first reading has passed and before the second reading is considered. After the public hearing, Council will call for a second reading and debate the bylaw, propose changes, and ultimately vote on whether or not it should pass.
How can people find out about Bylaws being considered?
The local newspaper advertises public hearings for a minimum of two weeks before the hearing. The Lamont Leader and the Fort Record often contain news about surveys and calls for public input. Bylaws under consideration and Council agendas are available at the Town Office. Contact Town Council for more information about providing your input, or contact the Director of Development and Legislative Services at the Town Office at 780-796-3731.
How are policies and procedures different from Bylaws?
Bylaws are the fundamental governing documents for the Town. They clearly state the rules and regulations for a number of issues and activities related to the municipality. Policies and procedures, on the other hand, dictate the day-to-day decisions and operations for Town staff and committee and board members. Policies answer the questions WHY? and WHAT? For example, why does the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board exist? Procedures answer the question HOW? by providing the steps for implementation to turn policies into action.
Policies and procedures can be considered 'living' or 'fluid' documents, as they can change quite often in response to new issues, circumstances, needs, or concepts. Bylaws are much more 'static', as they rarely change and require Council's approval to do so. All policies and procedures, as well as the committees and actions that result from them, must be consistent with the bylaws.
Commonly requested bylaws:
Animal Control Bylaw (#13-2013)
This bylaw regulates the keeping and harbouring of animals within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Bruderheim, with the exception of dogs. For regulation of dogs, see Dog Bylaw.
Borrowing Bylaw (#04-2022)
This bylaw authorizes Bruderheim Town Council to incur indebtedness by the issuance of a line of credit.
Business License Bylaw (#01-2021)
This bylaw provides for the licensing and control of any business operating within the Town of Bruderheim.
Bylaw Enforcement Officer Bylaw (#11-2020)
A bylaw to provide for the appointment of a Bylaw Enforcement Officer.
Campground Bylaw (#3-2021)
This bylaw provides the rules and regulations for control and operation of the Town of Bruderheim Starlight Campground and RV Park.
Chief Administrative Officer Bylaw (#04-2020)
This bylaw establishes the position of Chief Administrative Officer and designated officers for the Town of Bruderheim.
Committees of Council Bylaw (#14-2018)
This bylaw establishes the Committees of Council.
Community Standards Bylaw (#45-2016)
This bylaw is in place to ensure that the Town is presented in a positive light to visitors and potential buyers, and more importantly, that Bruderheim a pleasant place to live for our current residents.
- Your property and the buildings on your property must be in good repair.
- Your yard must be free of excess garbage and clutter. This includes large garbage items, such as old cars that are not running or are missing parts, old appliances, and piles of lumber or metal.
- Grass must be well-kept and weeds kept in check.
Council Code of Conduct Bylaw (#11-2018)
This bylaw establishes a code of conduct for members of Council.
Council Meetings and Transaction of Business Bylaw (#11-2019)
The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate the proceedings of Council meetings and the transacting of business by Council for the municipality.
Curfew Bylaw (#46-2016)
The purpose of this bylaw is to impose protective curfew regulations to support the health, safety and welfare of people and property.
Dangerous Goods Bylaw (#23-2014)
The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate the transportation of dangerous goods.
Dog Control Bylaw (#14-2013)
This bylaw ensures responsible and safe dog ownership within Bruderheim:
- All dogs must be licensed with the Town of Bruderheim. Licenses must be renewed annually.
- Only two dogs per household.
- If you'd like to have a third dog you must complete an Over-Limit Application from the Forms Page and submit it with the correct fee. If approved, you may then purchase a license for the new dog. Your over-limit permit must also be renewed each year.
- It is your responsibility to keep your dog(s) under control at all times and to not allow excessive barking.
- You must clean up any waste from your dog(s) when out walking around town.
- Your dog(s) must always be on a leash if out of your yard and must be confined to your yard when at home.
- Any dog that attacks a person, threatens a person, chases a vehicle, chases a person on a bicycle, horse or while walking, or attacks another pet is guilty of an offence and Bylaw officers can be called to enforce the bylaw.
See Doggy-Dos and Doggy-Don'ts for more information.
Please contact Bylaw Services at 780-449-0170 to report any dog disturbances, such as dogs running loose, barking during quiet time, or without tags.
Election Bylaw (#04-2021)
This bylaw establishes the rules and procedures for the conduct of elections.
Electronic Funds Transfer Bylaw (#09-2019)
This bylaw sets up a line of credit for electronic funds transfer.
Emergency Management Bylaw (#03-2022)
This bylaw guides the direction and control of the Town of Bruderheim emergency operations under the Emergency Management Act.
Family and Community Support Services Advisory Board Bylaw (#31-2015)
Through this bylaw, the Town of Bruderheim provides support and recognizes the Family and Community Support Services Agreement.
Fees and Charges Bylaw (#09-2022)
This bylaw establishes the fees, rates and charges for services provided by the municipality.
Fireworks Bylaw (#3-2012)
This bylaw provides for the sale, purchase, possession and discharge of fireworks, fireworks composition and goods in the Town of Bruderheim.
FortisAlberta Bylaw (#06-2019)
This bylaw prohibits other providers from providing electric distribution service within the legal boundaries of Bruderheim.
Fortis Electrical Distribution Franchise Agreement Bylaw (#7-2012)
This bylaw authorizes the Mayor and the Acting Chief Administrative Officer to enter into an agreement granting FortisAlberta Inc. the right to provide distribution access services within the municipality.
Impose Late Payment Penalties on Unpaid Taxes and Tax Arrears Bylaw (#14-2020)
A bylaw of the Town of Bruderheim to impose late payment penalties on unpaid taxes and tax arrears.
Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw - Lamont County (#02-2020)
A bylaw of the Town of Bruderheim to adopt an Intermunicipal Development Plan for the Town of Bruderheim and Lamont County.
Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw - Strathcona County (#01-2020)
A bylaw of the Town of Bruderheim to adopt an Intermunicipal Development Plan for the Town of Bruderheim and Strathcona County.
Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw (#17-2019)
This bylaw establishes the Town of Bruderheim's and Lamont County's Inter-Municipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
Labour Equipment and Vehicle Rental Bylaw (#03-2020)
This bylaw establishes labour, equipment and vehicle rental rates for the Town of Bruderheim.
Land Use Bylaw (LUB) (#33-2015)
Bruderheim's newly updated Land Use Bylaw divides the town into land use districts, provides regulations for each district and outlines procedures for development of any parcel within the town limits of Bruderheim.
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #37-2015)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw MAP #37-2015)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #53-2016)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #6-2018)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #9-2018)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #10-2018)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #14-2019)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #16-2019)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw #02-2022)
- Land Use Bylaw Amendment (Bylaw MAP #02-2022)
Line of Credit Bylaw (#2-2023)
This bylaw authorizes Bruderheim Council to incur indebtedness by the issuance of a line of credit in the amount of $350,000 with ATB Financial.
Municipal Development Plan Bylaw (#15-2013)
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a tool for establishing policies that aid in decision making related to growth and development. The MDP presents a vision of what the Town will look like in the future and gives direction to Council on the day-to-day implementation of policies to achieve long term goals.
- Municipal Development Plan Amendment (Bylaw #42-2016)
- Municipal Development Plan Amendment (Bylaw #7-2018)
Municipal Library Board Bylaw (#1-2023)
A bylaw to establish a Municipal Library Board.
Municipal Property Tax Rebate Bylaw (#16-2018)
This bylaw provides for a Municipal Property Tax Rebate Program for new homes, commercial businesses and industrial facilities.
Off-Highway Vehicle Bylaw (#3-2011)
A bylaw that regulates and controls the operation of off-highway vehicles within the corporate limits of the Town of Bruderheim.
Parking Bylaw (#7-2011)
This bylaw is in place to ensure responsible parking within the Town. One of the most common complaints we receive in the summer is about trailers being parked on the streets.
- A trailer is NOT allowed to be parked on the street UNLESS it is attached to the vehicle that will be towing it.
- A trailer attached to a vehicle can only be parked on the street for 36 consecutive hours. You can move it and re-park it BUT it can only be parked twice in a 7 day period, starting with the first date that it is parked.
- There is space allotted for each home to have two parking spaces on the street. However, this does NOT mean the space is reserved for the homeowners - other people are permitted to park there.
Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan Bylaw (#4-2017)
A bylaw that provides for a pre-authorized tax installment payment plan.
Procedural Changes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Bylaw (#17-2020)
A bylaw that ensures that recomendations from the Chief Health Officer are adopted in the Town of Bruderheim.
Property Sale Bylaw (#10-2020)
A bylaw that establishes the terms and conditions governing propery sales by public auction held by the Town of Bruderheim to dispose of property for tax arrears.
Regional Assessment Review Board Bylaw (#8-2019)
This bylaw establishes a Regional Assessment Review Board.
Repeal of Lamont County's Alberta Heartland Area Structure Plan Bylaw (#8-2018)
A bylaw that establishes Bruderheim's repeal of Lamont County's Alberta Heartland Area Structure Plan.
Strathcona County and Town of Bruderheim Intermunicipal Relations Committee Bylaw (#8-2021)
A bylaw that guides the Town of Bruderheim and Strathcona County in the joint agreement to establish a council committee to support collaboration and effective communication on areas of mutual interest.
Street Improvement Debenture Bylaw (#51-2016)
This bylaw authorizes the financing and completion of the 2017 Street Improvement Project.
Tax Rate Bylaw (#3-2023)
A bylaw that sets the 2022 tax rate for the Town of Bruderheim.
Utility Bylaw (#10-2022)
This bylaw regulates waterworks, sewers and plumbing.
Waste Collection Bylaw (#787-2008)
This bylaw regulates the collection, removal and disposal of garbage, refuse and recycle materials.