Permits and Forms

Address Changes

Mailing address changes and emailing of utility bills, property tax notices, and other bills can be reported to Cardston County by submitting the appropriate forms found here. Completed forms can be submitted by mail or fax, by email to, or in person at the County office. 

Please note that address changes made at Cardston County do not get reported to the Alberta Land Titles Office. To change information at the Alberta Land Titles Office, changes must be reported to them directly by the property owner by completing a Notice of Change of Address Form. You can find the Notice of Change of Address form here.

Burn Permits

Cardston County residents wishing to conduct an open fire must acquire a burn permit before proceeding with the burn. To obtain a burn permit, please call our main office at (403) 653-4977—Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The burn permitting system was established so our fire departments can keep track of open fires, so we know which are controlled burns and which could be wildfires. Residents who proceed with an open fire without acquiring a permit will be responsible for all costs associated with our fire departments responding to the burn.

Development Permits

Cardston County would like to remind residents that development permits are required for any new development. You can pick up a development permit application from our office or print one off from our website. We encourage residents to contact our Director of Planning Services at (403) 653-4977 prior to submitting a development permit application to ensure that the proposed development complies with our Land Use Bylaw and that any necessary information has been provided.

Subdivision Applications
The Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC) is the subdivision agent for thirty-eight municipalities in southern Alberta, including Cardston County. ORRSC provides a number of services to its member municipalities related to subdivision, including reviewing and screening applications, processing applications, formulating recommendations, and endorsing subdivision finalizations. Applications can be found here.

You can learn more about the subdivision process on the ORRSC website.

Business Licenses
All businesses operating within Cardston County must first obtain a business license. To obtain a business license, download our Business License Form. After completing the form and ensuring all information is complete and correct, forms can be brought to the County Office or mailed, faxed, or emailed to us.

For County residents, there is a compulsory fee of $50.00; if you would like a regional business license, the fee is $130.00. Once your business license request is processed at the office, it will be mailed or picked up at the County Office.

Cardston County, the Town of Cardston, and the Town of Magrath mutually agree to honor each other's business licenses. This allows our residents in the County to provide their services to the residents of the Town of Cardston and Magrath without having to purchase an additional Town license.