Basement Development Permit

Basement Development Permit

If you are renovating or developing your basement you may require a development permit, building permit and/or mechanical permits.

 

About the Service

There a number of permits that may be required when developing your basement. The following explains each of the permit types that may be required.

A Development Permit is required if your basement renovation involves:

  • Changing the exterior walls or size of your house
  • Changing the use (developing a basement suite with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom)
  • Renovating to operate a business in your basement (such as a hair salon)
  • Adding a wet bar or other cooking facilities

A Building Permit is required if your basement renovation involves:

  • Building a bedroom or bathroom
  • Structural work to beams, columns or windows
  • A construction value over $5,000 for your basement redevelopment

Construction value includes:

  1. Building Components (all materials used in the construction of the building including all building services, electrical, fire alarm and detection systems, and fire protection equipment)
  2. Plumbing components (fixtures, drainage system, venting systems, water systems or any part thereof)
  3. Electrical components
  4. Heating components (systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning)

Construction value does NOT include furnishings, rugs, floor coverings, curtains, etc.

NOTE: Building Permits do not include plumbing, gas, electrical or heating and ventilation work. You need to apply for the appropriate mechanical permit if your basement renovation includes mechanical work.

Mechanical Permits

There are separate mechanical permits for plumbing, gas, electrical and heating and ventilation work.

Plumbing and Gas Permit:

  • All basement renovations and developments that include plumbing or gas work require plumbing and/or gas permits before any work starts.
  • If the renovation involves installing plumbing fixture drain lines that require the existing concrete to be broken up, the new lines must be inspected before they are covered or buried.
  • Plumbing and/or gas piping in the walls or ceiling must also be inspected before they are covered.
  • If the renovation only involves replacing existing fixtures, no permit is required.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Permit:

  • If a basement renovation involves HVAC duct work, it usually DOES NOT require a HVAC permit. When the house was first built, it normally would have had return air and minimal supply ducts installed in the basement and the renovation or development is only using these existing ducts.
  • If extensive new duct work is done in the renovation, a permit will be required.
  • If a new furnace or secondary furnace is installed, a permit is required.

Electrical Permits:

Permits are required for:

  • Any new electrical work that may occur.
  • If you live in a duplex, row house or condo, you will require a contractor permit to do any electrical work.

How Do I Obtain the Service?

When you’re renovating or developing your basement, you may require a development permit and/or building, plumbing, heating and electrical permits.

Before you build

For more information about basement renovations (not including the development of a secondary suite), please read the
Guide to Developing Your Basement Brochure.

If you are developing a secondary suite in your basement (including a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and separate entrance), please consult the Secondary Suite web page for details, you will need to fill out the Secondary Suite for existing Single Family Home Application

You should also review the new building code requirements for suites by doing a search on the Municipal Affairs website for "secondary suites" to get the required information.

Application Procedure

To apply for a basement development that does not include the development of a secondary suite, please complete the Residential Construction Application form.

Include all required documentation, as well as the appropriate fees.

One copy of construction drawings showing:

  • Basement floor plan (show entire basement even if only developing half)
    • Overall size of the Building (dimensions and square footage)
    • Location and dimensions of all walls
    • Designation of the use of each room, size of each room
    • Door location and sizes
    • Window location and sizes and opening function. (for bedroom egress, slider type windows are preferred) Location of the stairs exiting the basement (with arrow labeled direction down)
    • Location of the smoke and carbon monoxide detector(s) (must be hard wired)
    • Location of all fixtures (sinks, tubs, toilet, fridge, stove)
  • Details of structural changes, if proposed Indicate floor to ceiling height (If bulkheads interfere with heights please indicate)
  • Show plumbing, heating and ventilation and electrical changes. (If needed)
  • Main Floor Plan (Required if there is a wet bar or food preparation space labeled)
    • Overall size of the Building (dimensions and square footage)
    • Designation of the use of each room, size of each room
    • Location of the stairs
    • Door locations (Front, back and side)
  • If adding new exterior doors, windows, window wells, or increasing window size the following items are required. (Exterior Alterations)
    • Elevations, Showing existing and proposed windows/ doors
    • Site Plan

If your renovation also involves mechanical work:

Go to Electrical, Plumbing, Gas or Heating and Ventilation Permit topics for additional information about fees and application forms.

Processing

A Development Officer reviews the application using the Zoning Bylaw regulations. Once your development permit is approved, the plans are then examined by a Safety Codes Officer using the Alberta Building Code.

If your development application is refused, you can appeal the Development Officer’s decision to:
Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
10019-103 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 0G9
Telephone: 780-496-6079

Inspections

After your application has been reviewed and the appropriate permits(s) issued, applicants are required to contact the City of Edmonton Call Centre at 311 and arrange for inspections. All inspections must be passed.

To prepare for the required inspections in occupied homes, please ensure:

  • an individual 18 years of age or older who is responsible for the property is present during the inspection
  • clear and unobstructed access to all areas of inspection is provided
  • all pets are securely contained

Please note: the Safety Codes Officers are required to wear shoes while performing their duties in your home.

FaxFax: 780-496-6054
In Person

Current Planning
5th Floor, 10250 - 101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3P4

Office Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Monday to Friday

Mail

Current Planning
5th Floor, 10250 - 101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3P4

Fees

2016 Fees

Development Permit (If required): $266 

If developing a secondary suite - an additional fee for the Sanitary Sewer and Trunk Charge will also apply.

Building Permit: Fee will be the total of your building permit (based on the construction value of your basement renovation) plus a safety code fee, which is charged on all building permits.

2016 Building permit fees:

Value of Construction

Building Permit

Safety Code Fee

$0 - $5,000

$102

$4.50

$5,001 - $10,000

$148

$5.92

$10,001 - $25,000

$255

$10.20

$25,001 - $50,000

$475

$19.00

$50,001 - $100,000

$922

$36.88

Over $100,000

$1,796

$71.84

Construction value includes:

      1. Building Components (all materials used in the construction of the building including all building services, electrical, fire alarm and detection systems, and fire protection equipment)
      2. Plumbing components (fixtures, drainage system, venting systems, water systems or any part thereof)
      3. Electrical components
      4. Heating components (systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning)
Construction value does NOT include furnishings, rugs, floor coverings, curtains, etc.

Contact the City About This Service

For More Information

Permits and Licensing Service Centre

Sustainable Development
5th floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-6054