Published on August 20, 2019

Solar Panels: Amendments to the Land Use Bylaw


  • The City Administration is proposing Land Use Bylaw (LUB) – Bylaw 9/2005 be amended so that businesses located in the Campbell Park, Riel Park and South Riel Commercial and Industrial Services (CIS) Land Use Districts be able to install solar panel devices and structures on the ground. If the amendments are approved, all businesses would need to do is apply for a Development Permit.


  • The proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw add a definition for solar collector, ground, and expand on the current definition of solar collector, to distinguish between ground, roof, or wall located devices and structures.
  • The proposed amendment removes the previous requirement that the solar collector must be attached to a building only.
  • Previously, solar panels could only be mounted on roofs and walls of buildings. This includes carport structures and building integrated systems where the solar module is the roof tile itself.  
  • Under the proposed amendment, the location of flat roof systems would be allowed in designated Land Use Districts.
  • If amended, the LUB would also remove the existing regulation that a solar collector mounted on a wall has to be located a minimum of 2.4 metres above grade.


  • City Council heard first reading of Bylaw 27/2019, Amendment 171, to the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 on August 19, 2019.
  • The proposed amendments are scheduled for second and third readings on September 16, 2019.


  • The amendments reflect an acknowledgement that changes in technology do impact on the City of St. Albert Land Use Bylaw and aligns the City with similar approaches adopted by other municipalities. Solar Energy benefits individual owners, as well as the environment, and supports the City’s Environmental Master Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Energy from the sun, one of the most widely used renewable resources, provides a consistent source of solar power throughout the year. This reduces St. Albert’s contribution to climate change and contributes to St. Albert’s and Alberta’s reputation as environmental stewards.

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Last edited: October 18, 2019