Canmore Zoning Definitions

The definitions below are taken from the Town of Canmore website and Land Use Bylaws (Section 16-Definitions). Please note that these are subject to change.


Residential use means the use of specific real property for the purpose of a residence by a person or persons, and does not include an Accommodation Unit or use, Tourist Home, Visitor Accommodation, a shared Ownership Accommodation, Resort Accommodation – TSMV, or other non-residential uses such as multiple, periodic occupancy through mechanisms such as fractional ownership. For clarity, a residential use is one where the occupant has exclusive use of the specific property for an indefinite amount of time except in accordance with a tenancy agreement under the Residential Tenancies Act, RSA 2004, Chapter R-17.1 or the Mobile Homes Site Tenancies Act, RSA 2004, Chapter M-20 and for the use of which GST is not payable in accordance with the requirements in the Excise Tax Act of Canada.


Tourist home means a dwelling unit operated as a temporary place to stay, with or without compensation, and includes all vacation rentals of a dwelling unit. The characteristics that distinguish a tourist home from a dwelling unit used as a residence may include any of the following: a. the intent of the occupant to stay for short term vacation purposes rather than use the property as a residence; and/or b. the commercial nature of a tourist home; and/or c. the management or advertising of the dwelling unit as a tourist home or “ vacation property”; and/or d. the use of a system of reservations, deposits, confirmations, credit cards or other forms of electronic payment. These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of operating practices that may constitute a tourist home.


Visitor Accommodation means a building or group of buildings not intended for residential use where sleeping facilities are provided for persons for periods of up to 30 days and which may also contain recreational facilities, commercial uses and additional facilities including but not limited to eating establishments, drinking establishments, room service, meeting rooms, public convention rooms, and laundry service. Where the majority of visitor accommodation units within the visitor accommodation contain suites of more than 1 room, two or more of the following services shall be provided: eating establishment, drinking establishment, room service, public convention room, or laundry service. Visitor accommodation approved after January 3, 2012 shall also include the following: a. a central management, a reservation service, and key disbursement b. a single address for mail (not for individual units) c. not serve as a residential address for utility billing or electoral enumeration purposes d. signage designating the development as a “hotel” or similar visitor accommodation use; and may include a supervised front desk with attendant and be served by a single utility meter