Commercial development for new or existing buildings involves a number of different types of permit approvals. These different approvals are dependent on whether the project:
- Constructs a new building (type: commercial, industrial, institutional)
- Adds or makes changes to an existing building
- Installs or alters mechanical components
- Starts, maintains or expands a business operation
- Provides required parking, accessibility and landscaping
- Confirms zoning or compliance of a lot for purposes of sale or for purchase
- Needs to be advertised with sign(s) on the property
The City will ensure safety, construction, land use, building location and size regulations are met.
New regulations for development permits
Effective November 1, 2012, the Alberta Government's Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) passed Directive 079.
This directive stipulates that an application for a development permit for a new building that will be larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft), or an addition to or an alteration of an existing building that will result in the building being larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft) must include:
Applicants can sign and include the Declaration of Absence of Abandoned Wells on property form with their development application, if they have determined no abandoned wells are located on the property they are trying to develop.
This information can be obtained by either contacting the Energy Resources Customer Care Centre at 1-855-297-8311 or using the GeoDiscover Alberta Map to confirm whether an abandoned well is located on your property.
The Declaration of Absence form is attached as an appendix to development permit applications.
New Buildings and Alterations
Construction of new buildings is reviewed for land use, placement, construction and safety before approval is granted.
Exterior alterations such as vestibules or additions for more space require both a development permit and a building permit.
Some interior additions require review. For example, if you applied to build a new bay space and your plan includes the construction of a new exterior door, our office would review the plan and the addressing assessment, and assign a municipal number to the new bay.
Outdoor patios and sidewalk cafes require approvals as this addition is an alteration to the existing use space.
Structural Changes or Construction Before PermitsIf you start to build or add on to your building before obtaining the necessary permits, you will be charged double fees.
A development permit is required to work off an empty piece of land: for example, a Christmas tree sales operation. If a portable building is moved onto the site, such an office trailer or staff shelter, an additional building approval is required.
Relocation of a Business
When businesses move from one building space to another, a development permit is required to ensure the business fits under the new location's zoning regulations.
Landscaping and Advertising
Approvals and permits are required to landscape and place advertising signs on a new building.
For more information:
Current Planning Service Centre
5th floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4
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8am to 4:30pm
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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311