Project Stage

Zoning Bylaw Council Decision

Changes to Zoning Bylaw 12800 that improve and simplify the regulations for liquor stores were approved by City Council and came into effect on Monday June 17, 2019 (Item 3.5).

What's Changed?

Highlights of the changes include:

  • The consolidation of the Major Alcohol Sales and Minor Alcohol Sales uses into one new use, called Liquor Stores. This change removes the 275 m2 threshold captured in the land use definition and floor area is now regulated by the zone
  • Reduction in parking requirements for Liquor Stores to align with what is required for General Retail Stores
  • New design regulations to require enhanced appearance and safety of liquor stores

The design regulations clarify the location requirements for customer access, introduce a lighting plan requirement, and limit window signage to not more than 10% of the window area. The window signage requirement bring the amendments into alignment with the Main Street Overlay standard for all store types to ensure transparent and well-kept storefronts.

No changes have been made to allow additional opportunities for liquor stores.

For more information on the new lighting plan requirement, please refer to the Lighting Plan Requirement for Liquor Store information sheet.

Public Engagement

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement. 

City staff have met with a variety of stakeholders to understand the impacts related to liquor stores and have identified opportunities to improve the regulations for liquor stores in the Zoning Bylaw. More information about this public engagement can be found in Attachment 4 of CR_6497, Amendments to Zoning Bylaw 12800 -  Major and Minor Alcohol Sales in the Downtown Core - Exemptions to Separation Distance Requirements. 

For Information on previous reports related to this work, please refer to the following reports that were presented to the Urban Planning Committee: 
CR_5604 (refer to Item 6.1 in the October 2, 2018, meeting minutes)
CR_6497 (refer to Item 6.2 in the March 5, 2019, meeting minutes)
CR_6498 (refer to Item 6.3 in the March 5, 2019, meeting minutes)