Town of Canmore

Bed & Breakfasts

Bed & Breakfast Development Permit

Bed and Breakfast establishments are an ancillary commercial use operated by the resident of a single detached dwelling. Bed and Breakfast establishments can provide accommodation for periods of 14 days or less with one meal provided on a daily basis to guests. The maximum amount of accommodation permitted per dwelling is three guestrooms or six pillows (guests), whichever is less. For more details, please see the Land Use Bylaw.

All Bed & Breakfast establishments require a development permit. Please fill out the pdf development permit application form (764 KB) , submit the required information as noted in the pdf B&B Application Requirements (529 KB) , and submit a signed pdf B&B Statutory Declaration (25 KB) .

As part of the application process, a site inspection will be conducted. Once an inspection has been completed a form will be provided outlining the requirements of the business under the Alberta Building Code and Fire Code.  The Bed & Breakfast establishment is also required to obtain approval from Alberta Health Services.

Once your Bed & Breakfast Development Permit has been approved, you will be required to apply for your Town of Canmore Home Occupation Business License. To find out what is required to obtain your business license, please click here.

A letter was issued on June 1st to all current Bed and Breakfast operators informing them that inspections by the Town's Safety Codes Officer (SCO) is now required as part of the Development Permit (DP) process. The letter which was issued outlining the details of the process change can be found by pdf clicking here (338 KB) .

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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