Council Policies

Council policies are Council's instructions to the City Manager and the organization.

In 2012 Council adopted a Policy Governance framework which is a comprehensive set of integrated principles designed to enable accountable leadership.

Policy Governance image of our Policy Governance Wheel

In the Policy Governance sections below, there are four types of policies, plus Bylaws that are set by Council:

  1. Purpose Statements
  2. Executive Limitation Policies
  3. Council to Management Delegation Policies
  4. Governance Process Policies

Purpose Statements Policies: Provide a description of the goals and directions of Council for the City.

Purpose of Purpose Statements (pdf)
PS-A-1.0 General Purpose (pdf)
PS-A-2.0 Civic Pride & Ownership (pdf)
PS-A-2.1 Wellbeing of the Community (pdf)
PS-A-2.2 Integrated & Accessible Transportation (pdf)
PS-A-2.3 Safety (pdf)
PS-A-2.4 Sustained & Enhanced Prosperity (pdf)
PS-A-2.5 Sustainable Use of Resources (pdf)
PS-A-2.6 Sponsorship (pdf)
PS-A-2.7 Utility Policy (pdf)
PS-A-2.8 Financial Sustainability (pdf)

Governance Process (GP) Policies: Provide a description of Council's role and how it will fulfill its accountability to its community and itself.

Purpose of Governance Process Policies (pdf)
GP 1.0 Governing Principles (pdf)

A) Accountability
GP-A-2.0 Accountability (pdf)
GP-A-2.1 Transparency (pdf)
GP-A-2.2 Code of Conduct (pdf)
GP-A-2.3 Decision Making (pdf)

B) Council Roles
GP-B-2.0 Councils Role & Responsibilities (pdf)
GP-B-2.1 Mayor & Acting Mayors Role (pdf)
GP-B-2.2 Deputy Mayors Role (pdf)
GP-B-2.2 01 Deputy Mayor Representation at Functions (pdf)
GP-B-2.3 Proclamations & Letters of Support (pdf)

C) Cost of Governance
GP-C-2.0 Cost of Governance (pdf)
GP-C-2.1 Workshops (pdf)
GP-C-2.2 Retreats (pdf)
GP-C-2.3 Council Compensation & Benefits (pdf)
GP-C-2.4 Council Expenses (pdf)
GP-C-2.5 Council Recognition (pdf)
GP-C-2.6 Civic Recognition for Committee Board & Commission Members (pdf)
GP-C-2.7 Expenses for Council Committee Board & Commission Members (pdf)

D) Public Engagement/Relationships
GP-D-2.0 Council Committee Principles (pdf)
GP-D-2.1 01 Nomination Committee (pdf)
GP-D-2.2 Community Relations & Public Participation (pdf)

E) Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
GP-E-2.0 Planning Monitoring & Evaluation (pdf)

F) Financial
GP-F-2.0 Reserves (pdf)
GP-F-2.1 Capital Grants & Loans (pdf)
GP-F-2.2 Debt (pdf)
GP-F-2.3 Investments (pdf)
GP-F-2.4 Property Tax Cancellation (pdf)
GP-F-2.5 Fees and Charges (pdf)

Council-Management Delegation Policies: Describe the manner in which Council connects its governance direction to management action (through the City Manager).

Purpose of Council-Management Delegation Policies (pdf)
CMD-1.0 Delegation Principles (pdf)
CMD-2.0 City Manager's Role & Responsibilities (pdf)
CMD-2.1 City Manager Compensation (pdf)
CMD-2.2 City Manager Performance Assessment (pdf)

Executive Limitation Policies: Define the limitations within which the City Manager works to accomplish Council directives
Purpose of Executive Limitation Policies (pdf)
EL 1.0 General Executive Constraints (pdf)

A) Human Resources
EL-A-2.0 Interim City Manager (pdf)
EL-A-2.1 Compensation & Benefits (pdf)
EL-A-2.2 Treatment of Employees (pdf)
EL-A-2.3 Treatment of Public (pdf)
EL-A-2.4 Ethical Behaviour (pdf)

B) Organizational Effectiveness
EL-B-2.0 Communication and Support to Council (pdf)
EL-B-2.1 Emergency Management (pdf)
EL-B-2.2 Public Image (pdf)
EL-B-2.3 Relationships With Other Entities (pdf)
EL-B-2.4 Growth (pdf)

C) Service Levels
EL-C-2.0 Cosmetic Pesticide Use City Maintained Parks & Public Land (pdf)

D) Financial 
EL-D-2.0 Financial Sustainability (pdf)
     EL-D-2.0.1 Asset Protection (pdf)
     EL-D-2.0.2 Land Acquisition & Sales (pdf)
     EL-D-2.0.4 Use of City Owned Land (pdf)
     EL-D-2.0.5 Investments (pdf)
     EL-D-2.0.6 Parking Fine Revenue Sharing (pdf)
EL-D-2.7 Public Art (pdf)

Other Council Policies

Prior to adoption of Policy Governance, traditional policy development was structured along organizational departments and functions. Many of these policies still exist and over time, as appropriate, will be amalgamated within the Policy Governance framework. They continue to stand as instructions to the organization.

City Manager Office

1008 - C Property Vandalism (pdf)
1012 - C Customer Service Enhancements (pdf)
1013 - C Water and Watershed Management (pdf)

APPENDIX 1 for Water and Watershed Management Policy (pdf)

Community Land Use Planning 
Corporate Services

5005 - C Delivery of Mail to City of Red Deer (pdf)

Electric, Light & Power

4101 - C Downtown Electrical Underground Grid Charges (pdf)
4102 - C Advising Public of Overhead Line Rebuilds (pdf)
4103 - C Alberta Energy and Utilities Board Interventions (pdf)

Engineering Services

4301 - C Use of Speed Bumps (pdf)
4302 - C Paving over City Easements (pdf)
4307 - C Guide and Information Signs Installation Warrant (pdf)
4308 - C Water and Sanitary Services for Redevelopment Projects (pdf)
4309 - C Arterial Roadway Standards Right of Way Width and Noise Attenuation (pdf)
4310 - C Stormwater Management (pdf)
4312 - C Off Site Levies (pdf)
4313 - C Traffic Noise Attenuation (pdf)
4314 - C Traffic Control Devices (pdf)
4315 - C Acquisition and Disposal of Road Widening Areas (pdf)
4316 - C Concrete and Asphalt Services for Redevelopment Projects (pdf)

Financial Services

5303 - C Calculating Costs of City Forces (pdf)
5311 - C Invoicing Third Party Services (pdf)
5313 - C Grants to Community Service Organizations (pdf)
5320 - C Capital Budget Policy (pdf)
5320.02 - C Capital Budget Contingency Policy (pdf)
5320.03 - C Capital Budget Funding Policy (pdf)

Backgrounder to Capital Budget Policies 5320, 5320.02, 5320.03 (pdf)

5321 - C Operating Budget Policy (pdf)
5322 - C Community Capital Retention Policy (pdf)
5323 - C Capitalization of Interest (pdf)
5331 - C Delegation for Disposal of Unclaimed Surplus Items (pdf)
5352 - C Debenture Interest Rates (pdf)

Inspections & Licensing Services

6101 - C Development Officer Condominium Property Act (pdf)
6105 - C Courtesy Parking Permits (pdf)
6106 - C Handicap Parking Zones Downtown (pdf)
6107 - C Handicap Parking Zones Residential (pdf)
6110 - C Loading Zones Downtown (pdf)  
6111 - C City Operated Off Street Parking Stalls (pdf)
6114 - C Greater Downtown Parking Areas Development (pdf)
6115 - C Taxi Business Metered Fare Rates (pdf)

Reference: 3282/2001 Taxi Business Bylaw (pdf)

6116 - C Dog License Fees (pdf)

Reference: 3429/2009 The Dog Bylaw (pdf)

6118 - C Aggressive Dog Designation (pdf)  
6201 - C Economic Development (pdf)
6202 - C Land Banking Development Program (pdf)
6204 - C Delinquent Land Sales Agreements (pdf)
6205 - C Lease of City Owned Farm Lands (pdf)
6207 - C Property Pins and Lines (pdf)
6208 - C Real Estate Expenses (pdf)  
6209 - C Survey Firms (pdf)
6215 - C Fee for Service Land and Economic Development (pdf)

Legislative Services

7025 - C Council Response to Gaming Applications (pdf)

Public Works

4601 - C Sidewalk Construction Repair and Replacement (pdf)
4604 - C Unimproved Lanes and Streets (pdf)
4606 - C Use of City Owned Equipment (pdf)


3203 - C Automated Traffic Enforcement (pdf)

Recreation, Parks & Culture

3101 - C Sunday and Holiday Pay Policy (pdf)
3102 - C Fees and Charges (pdf)
3107 - C Development of Municipal Reserves (pdf)
3108 - C Leasing and License to Occupy (pdf)
3109 - C Memorials and Dedications In City Parks and Facilities (pdf)

Social Planning

3304 - C Red Deer and District FCSS Board (pdf)

News & Notices

Blue and Black Carts start to roll out

March 13, 2019

On Monday, March 18, Blue and Black Carts will begin to be rolled out to homes who currently receive individual garbage, recycling and Green Cart collection.

Call for applications

March 13, 2019

Non-profit groups are invited to apply for funding through The City of Red Deer’s Community Recreation Enhancement Grant.