Garage or Carport (Detached from Home) Permit
Builders constructing a detached garage or carport must obtain development and building permits and if the construction involves mechanical work, the appropriate mechanical permits.
About the Service
The development permit regulates where on the property the garage or carport can be located, and the building permit regulates design and construction.
If your garage construction involves either a garage suite or garden suite, different regulations and application forms apply to this work. Garage and garden suites are treated similar to new house construction, where the fees are determined by the square footage of the building.
If you are constructing a garage or carport that is attached to the residence, see the attached garage or carport permit topic.
Guidelines for the detached garage or carport's height, location, distance from property lines etc. will vary depending on what zoning your property has and what overlay schedules apply to that property.
To verify the zoning of a property, please visit our office (see address below) or do an address search on the Edmonton Maps Application.
If the address is identified as being part of the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay, you will need to visit the Low Density Residential Zones web page for information regarding amendments to regulations for developing a property in a mature neighbourhood.
If the address is not part of the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay, consult the guidelines explained in the Building a House or Addition brochure.
These guidelines are for properties zoned as RF1 (residential single family) but are not part of the Mature Neighbourhood overlay.
Garages cannot be built over a gas line. Contact ATCO Gas at 780-424-5222 if the buried line requires relocating.
The Alberta Building Code regulates the structure's construction and safety. Please direct all related inquiries to a Safety Codes Officer at our office.
Only a final inspection is required for a garage or carport. Contact our office to arrange for the final inspection once the garage or carport is completed.
Other Related Permits
Curb Crossing Permit (if applicable) - Contact the City of Edmonton Call Centre at 311 for additional information.
NOTE: as of January 1st, 2011 the City of Edmonton is issuing the Electrical Permits.
How Do I Obtain the Service?
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 part of the Residential Construction Application Form
To apply for a Detached Garage or Carport permit, fill in the:
Attach the following items and bring/send to our office:
- Three copies of a site plan showing:
- Size of property
- Size and location of existing house
- Size and location of proposed garage
- Garage/carport distance to property lines
- Garage driveway location and size
- Construction details (see application and detail form above)
- All application fees
2013 FeesDevelopment permit fee: $105
Building permit fee: $100
The safety code fee: $4.50
Note: There is an additional $40 fee if development permit is discretionary and notices need to be sent out.
Contact the City About This Service
For more information:
Current Planning Service Centre
5th floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4
Hours of Operation:Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311