Overview

Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards (SDABs)

SDABs hear most subdivision and development permit appeals and stop work order appeals.

The Land and Property Rights Tribunal provides training, however, SDABs can arrange for other providers to deliver the mandatory training if desired.

New members and clerks receive their SDAB certification after successful completion of a training program.

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Regulation requires members and clerks to complete a training program. The approved syllabus for the training program is set out in Ministerial Order MSL:019/18.

SDAB certification is valid for 3 years from the date the training program is completed.

Certified members and clerks must complete a refresher training program every 3 years to maintain their SDAB certification.

Assessment Review Boards (ARB)

The Tribunal provides certification training for ARB members and clerks. This is required training pursuant to Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation (AR 310/2009) and Ministerial Order M:001/14.

After successful completion of the training program, the member or clerk will receive their ARB certification.

ARB certification is valid for 3 years from the date the training program is completed.

Certified members and clerks must complete a 'refresher' training program every 3 years to maintain their ARB certification.

Training dates

Registration is required. Find out about training registration or call 780-427-2444.

All courses are online. A WebEx meeting invitation will be sent approximately 1 week prior to the session. Participants are required to participate through video and audio during the session.

  • Assessment Review Board training dates 2022

    • January 28 – New clerk and clerk refresher
    • February 7 to 11 (morning) – New Member
    • February 15 to 17 (morning) – Member refresher
    • February 28 to March 4 (morning) – New Member
    • March 8 to 10 (morning) – Member refresher
    • March 18 – New clerk and clerk refresher
    • April 19 to 21 (morning) – Member refresher
    • April 28 – New clerk and clerk refresher
    • May 2 to 6 (morning) – New member
    • May 18 – New clerk and clerk refresher
    • May 24 to 26 (morning) – Member refresher
    • June 13 to 17 (morning) – New member
    • June 22 – New clerk and clerk refresher
    • September 28 – New clerk and clerk refresher
  • Subdivision and Development Appeal Board training dates 2022

    • January 24 to 27 (morning) – New Member and clerk
    • January 24 to 26 (afternoon) – Member and clerk refresher
    • March 14 to 17 (morning) – New Member and clerk
    • March 14 to 16 (afternoon) – Member and clerk refresher
    • May 9 to 12 (morning) – New Member and clerk
    • May 9 to 11 (afternoon) – Member and clerk refresher
    • June 6 to 9 (morning) – New member and clerk
    • June 6 to 8 (afternoon) – Member and clerk refresher

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How to apply

Use the Training request form (PDF, 413 KB) to register for the following courses:

  • SDAB new member and clerk course
  • SDAB member and clerk refresher course
  • ARB new member course
  • ARB member refresher course
  • ARB new clerk or clerk refresher course

Use the Application Form for Advanced Member Refresher Course (PDF, 467 KB) to register for the following courses:

  • ARB member refresher advanced course
  • ARB clerk refresher advanced course

Course descriptions

  • SDAB new member and clerk course

    This course is for newly appointed SDAB members and clerks or yet to be certified members and clerks.
    This course includes:

    • administrative law principles
    • introduction to planning and development in Alberta
    • legislative and planning considerations
    • roles and responsibilities of members, clerks and other parties
    • SDAB appeals, process and authority
    • decision making
    • other issues

    This course is now delivered in 4, 3-hour online sessions. Successful completion of an online exam within 7 days of the course date is required to obtain certification.

  • SDAB member and clerk refresher course

    This is a more condensed course for SDAB members and clerks who need to recertify, and reviews:

    • administrative law
    • legislative and planning considerations
    • SDAB appeals, process and authority
    • decision making

    This course is now delivered in 3, 3-hour online sessions. Successful completion of an online exam within 7 days of the course date is required to obtain certification.

  • ARB new member course

    This course is for newly appointed ARB members and covers:

    • administrative law
    • principles of assessment

    This course is now delivered in 5, 3-hour online sessions. Successful completion of an online exam within 7 days of the course date is required to obtain certification.

  • ARB member refresher course

    This is a more condensed course for ARB members who need to recertify, and reviews:

    • administrative law
    • principles of assessment

    This course is now delivered in 3, 3-hour online sessions. Successful completion of an online exam within 7 days of the course date is required to obtain certification.

  • ARB member refresher advanced course

    This is a self-study course for experienced ARB members who need to recertify, and covers:

    • administrative law
    • principles of assessment

    The course involves:

    • receiving training manuals by mail or email
    • completion of the required exam online

    As an advanced member, there would be no additional requirement to attend an in-person session.

  • ARB new clerk or clerk refresher course

    This course is for newly appointed ARB clerks, as well as ARB clerks who need to re-certify.

    The course covers the area of administrative law, specific to the ARB complaint process.

    This course is now delivered in 1, 4-hour online session. Successful completion of an online exam within 7 days of the course date is required to obtain certification.

  • ARB clerk refresher advanced course

    This is a self-study course for ARB clerks who need to re-certify. The course covers the area of administrative law, specific to the ARB complaint process.

    ARB clerks may have the option of advanced clerk standing, which involves the following:

    • receiving training manuals by mail or email
    • completion of the required online exam

    As an advanced clerk, there is no additional requirement to attend an in-person session.

Resources

ARB Exam and Certification Information form (PDF, 59 KB)

Legislative framework for Alberta ARBs

We have developed a 6 by 9 inch coil bound booklet, which contains:

  • Municipal Government Act
  • Matter Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation
  • Matters Relating to Assessment and Taxation Regulation
  • Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation
  • Minister’s Guidelines
  • Interpretation Act

Order a copy of the Legislative Framework for Alberta Assessment Review Boards from Queen’s Printer. The legislation in this booklet is effective as of June 2021.

Contact

Connect with the Land and Property Rights Tribunal:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed noon to 1 pm, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2444
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-0986
Email: [email protected]

Address:
Land and Property Rights Tribunal
2nd Floor, Summerside Business Centre
1229 91 Street SW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6X 1E9

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