The Banff Design Guidelines provide a framework for evaluating the aesthetic quality of development proposals. The intention of the guidelines is to ensure that the town's built environment reflects the spectacular surrounding natural environment while recognizing Banff's location in a national park and a World Heritage Site.
Banff's unique character and "Rocky Mountain Style" is rooted in its rich built heritage with common design themes including:
sensitivity to nature,
the use of rustic natural materials,
emphasis on structural expression and strong roof forms,
respect for the pedestrian environment,
use of decorative details and finishing that provide relief and texture.
The Banff Design Guidelines are an integral component of the Banff Land Use Bylaw.