Changes due to COVID-19
The Municipal Government Board (MGB) is following all public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while preserving the rights of parties to fair hearings and timely decisions.
Rather than conducting in-person public hearings, the MGB will contact impacted parties to determine whether there are unique issues in a particular hearing that could be addressed through postponement or proceeding on the basis of written submissions, telephone or video conferencing.
The MGB is exploring alternative formats for delivering certification training for members and clerks of Assessment Review Boards and Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards. For urgent certification requirements, email the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Municipal Government Board (MGB) is an independent and impartial quasi-judicial board established under the Municipal Government Act to make decisions about land planning and assessment matters.
The following documents are available in the Open Government Portal:
These documents are also available by searching the list of public agencies.
The MGB consists of a chair and 56 Board members. All Board members are appointed by Order in Council based on their experience and knowledge of assessment, taxation, planning, development and quasi-judicial processes.
The MGB is not currently recruiting new Board members. New Board member recruitment is posted on current public agency board opportunities.
MGB hearing panels generally consist of a presiding officer and 2 members, or a single member where legislation allows. Composite Assessment Review Boards sit with one MGB member as a presiding officer and 2 municipally appointed non-MGB members.
MGB appeals and recommendations
- Annexation recommendations
- Intermunicipal Dispute Appeals
- Off-Site Levy Appeals
- Subdivision Appeals
- Designated Industrial Property Assessment Appeals
- Equalized Assessment Appeals
- Provides presiding member for Composite Assessment Review Board Appeals
- Disaster Recovery Program Referrals
- Conflicts between municipalities and housing management bodies
- Regional Service Commission Disputes
- Disputes involving municipal planning rules and authorizations from:
- Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB)
- Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB)
- Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (AEUB)
- Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
- Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
- For these disputes, use the S. 619 Notice of Appeal form (PDF, 412 KB)
- Disputes involving municipal planning decisions and authorizations and approvals by the AER (or the ERCB and AEUB), AUC or the NRCB
- Any other matters referred to the MGB by the minister or the Lieutenant Governor
The following rules came into effect June 1, 2018 replacing the former MGB Procedure Guide.
- Annexation Rules
- Subdivision Rules
- Intermunicipal Dispute Rules
- MGB Designated Industrial Property and Equalized Assessment Complaint Procedure Rules
- Residual Rules
- MGB Organizational Chart (PDF, 640 KB)
Board Order search
The MGB Board Order search allows users to search for decisions within the MGB's database.
Mission, vision, values and goals
The MGB shall provide timely, independent, quasi-judicial appeal adjudication to all parties in the areas of assessment matters, planning, subdivision appeals, inter-municipal disputes and annexation recommendations, that yields fairness and equity consistent with the authority of the Municipal Government Act.
The MGB will be a leader among tribunals with a reputation for excellence in adjudication.
Everyone in Alberta shall have access to a fair and independent process with strict adherence to the principles of natural justice and in which all individuals are treated fairly and without bias in an open, orderly and impartial manner.
This vision will be attained by:
- Providing benchmark decisions.
- Advocating excellence and providing guidance in decision making to stakeholders.
- Demonstrating efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness in the appeal process.
- Respecting rights of individuals, businesses, corporations and municipalities.
- Ensuring that all property assessments are equitable, fair and correct in accordance with legislation.
- Striving for consistency and predictability based on evidence presented.
In service to stakeholders the MGB values:
- Our strength through the diversity of our members and the quality of our staff.
- The right to natural justice and timeliness in the adjudication process.
- Respect for and responsiveness to our stakeholders.
- Provision of quality service to stakeholders.
- Consistent interpretation of legislation.
- Commitment to the Code of Ethics and Conduct.
- Organizational alignment and a team approach to problem-solving.
- Innovative use of automated information services.
- Continuous organizational development, self-improvement and self-evaluation.
- Enriched and rewarding work environment which recognizes productivity.
Organizational Effectiveness: The MGB will be an effective organization, roles and accountabilities will be clear and understood, and processes and relationships will be purposely aligned.
- Processes: The MGB will reflect accessibility, efficient scheduling, timely decisions and fair hearing procedures consistent with the principles of natural justice.
- Quality Decisions: MGB decisions will be legislatively correct, well reasoned, consistent with evidence and relevant case law and will be issued on a timely basis.
- Stakeholder Satisfaction: The MGB will be proactive and responsive to stakeholder feedback and satisfaction. A stakeholder is defined as all people who have a vested interest in the outcomes of the MGB. This would include Board members, staff, all external parties who come before the MGB, the department and the minister.
- Budget Plan: The MGB budget will reflect the business plan and will provide for effective and efficient use of financial resources to support MGB priorities.
Forms and reports
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Designated Industrial Property assessment complaint and Equalized Assessment Appeal
- Overview of the Annexation Process
- Annexation Application Checklist (PDF, 31 KB)
- Annexation Principles – City of St. Albert/Sturgeon County (PDF, 17 KB)
- Annexation Bulletin No. 2 – 2003: Annexation Matters
- Annexation Bulletin No. 1 – 2005 Assessment and Taxation
- Annexation Bulletin No. 2 – 2008 Annexation Crossing Primary (Provincial) Highways
- Subdivision – Appeal Form (PDF, 431 KB)
Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and compensation paid to:
- all board members, regardless of amount
- employees who earn over a threshold amount (see Public sector body compensation disclosure)
This is a requirement under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act. The postings are required by June 30 each year and will be maintained for 5 years.
Compensation disclosure files
Download the Municipal Government Board's compensation disclosure (CSV, 20 KB).
As of July 2016, the Chairs of the Municipal Government Board, New Home Buyer Protection Board, Surface Rights Board and Land Compensation Board were combined into a single position. Download the Chair's compensation disclosure (CSV, 3 KB).
Connect with the Municipal Government Board:
Hours: 8:15 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Municipal Government Board
2nd Floor, Summerside Business Centre
1229 91 Street SW
Edmonton Alberta T6X 1E9