New Home Construction Permit
When building a new house several permits must be obtained before beginning construction.
About the Service
Permits are a requirement for many aspects of the construction process including development location, building, gas, plumbing, heating and ventilation.
Easements and rights-of-way are some of the factors that may affect where a building can be located on the property. To obtain more information about these factors, please refer to the land title document, which is obtainable at a registry office or the Alberta Lands Titles office.
Zoning and Safety Regulations
Zoning regulations for houses show the building standards for RF1 zoned lots. Edmonton Zoning Bylaw regulations review factors such as house height, location and size. The Alberta Building Code regulates the construction and safety of the structure.
Other Zoning Requirements
Not all residential properties have the same zoning regulations. To verify the zoning of a particular property, please either visit our office and speak with a development officer or perform an address search on the Edmonton Maps website. Our office does not provide property zoning information over the telephone.
InspectionsRequired inspections are included in the permit cost. However, additional inspections resulting from deficient work will incur a fee.
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 New Single Family House Permit Application Form
To apply fill in the:
Then include the following items and bring, send to our office:
- Three copies of a site plan
- Three sets of construction plans drawn to a minimum scale of 1:100 showing all dimensions:
- Foundation plan
- Floor plans
- Elevation drawings (view from N, W, E and S)
- Cross-section plan
- Construction specifications
- All application fees
- A development officer reviews the application using the regulations of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw. If a municipal address is required, one will be assigned. In certain circumstances, other departments may review these plans.
- If the application is approved by the development officer, a development permit is issued. The application is then examined by a safety codes officer, and if it is approved, a building permit is issued. We will contact the applicant once this process is complete.
- If an application is refused, an appeal can be made to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board at 780-496-6079.
Hours of Operation: 8am-4:30pm
Mailing address is listed above. Cheques must be payable to the City of Edmonton. Please allow for additional processing time when applications are mailed.
- The fees are in the Single Detached House 2013 Combined Fee Schedule
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