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Keeping residents and industry partners informed of the ever-changing city we live in is very important. The City of Edmonton recognizes that when implementing new or revised policies and processes, clear and regular communication helps everyone affected.

Building Edmonton

Building Edmonton is a monthly newsletter that provides subscribers with regular updates about development and building policies and processes.

Each newsletter may include: (topics vary each month)

  • Policy, process and regulation changes
  • Information about zoning, building, permits and inspections
  • Required forms and applications
  • Information session opportunities
  • Contact information
2017 Building Edmonton
Building Edmonton-December 2017
  • Holiday Hours of Operation
  • New Underground Services
  • Garden Suite Resources
  • Urban Form Business Transformation (UFBT) Initiative - Meet the Team!
  • NECB Occupancy Requirements
Building Edmonton-November 2017
  • Construction Heat Requirements
  • Building Permit Application Completeness
  • EFT Transactions
  • Gas Fired Appliances Used for Heating Buildings Under Construction
  • Commercial Final Permit Enhancements
  • Changes to Payment Options for Service Fees
  • Zoning Bylaw Amendment Types
Building Edmonton-October 2017
  • Zoning bylaw updates
  • Industry Reminder: Equipment Commissioning Reports
  • 9.36 Energy Efficiency Application Reminder
  • New Underground Services
  • Friendly Reminder: Approved Drawings Must be on Site
  • Self-Serve Sign Up
Building Edmonton-September 2017
  • New Garden Suite Regulations Now in Effect
  • Removing Suite Restrictions
  • New Mature Neighbourhood Overlay Now in Effect
  • City Helps Keep Neighbours Informed About New Residential Development
  • New Energy Code Application Checklist and Fee Requirements
  • Important Reminder - Window Replacement Requirements
  • Building Permits: Drawings Required
  • Build a Home for Life™- Invest in your family’s future
  • Off-street Parking Changes
  • Address and Permit Sign Regulation for Home Builders
  • New Community Consultation Process for Mature Neighbourhood Overlay and Six Other Overlays
Building Edmonton-August 2017
  • Development and Building Industry Resources
  • Electrical Installation: Underground Services
  • Training Sessions for New Residential Underground Utility Services
  • Garden Suites
  • Parks Development Inspections Manual
  • Permits and Inspections Compliance Report Programs
  • Residential Exhaust Appliances: Equalization of Air Intake and Removal  
  • Updated ABC9.36 Energy Code Information and Applications
  • Barrier-Free Design Guide 2017
Building Edmonton-July 2017
  • New Requirement-Building Height on Architectural Drawings
  • Land Development Applications
  • Information Requirements for Heritage Demolitions
  • Reduction of Low Density Residential Parking Requirements
  • ​Residential Kitchen Exhaust Duct Materials​
  • Footing and Foundation Partial Permit
  • Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) Amendments
  • Final Building Inspections
  • Multi-Family Sites: Development and Building Drawing Submission
Building Edmonton-June 2017
  • Planning Academy Spring Session
  • New Permit: Temporary Construction Access Authorization Permit (TCAAP)
  • Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) Amendments
  • Concealed Gas Piping and Tubing
  • Final HVAC Inspections
  • Sleeving 636 Piping
  • Hardsurfacing in Low Density Residential Areas
  • Partnership: The Inspections Group Inc and the City of Edmonton
  • Open Area Requirements for Abandoned Wells
  • Garage and Garden Suites: Public Hearing Update
  • Alberta Building Code (ABC) 9.36 Application Drawing Requirements
  • Compliance Report Program for Single Family Dwellings
Building Edmonton-May 2017
  • Planning Academy Spring Session
  • Proposed Changes to the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO)
  • City of Edmonton's EnerGuide Sharing Platform
  • New Development Permit Inspections
  • Revised Permanent and Temporary Sign Application Forms
Building Edmonton-April 2017
  • Single Detached Housing Online Application
  • Planning Academy Spring Session
  • Solar Panel Installation
  • Parking for Religious Assemblies
Building Edmonton-March 2017
  • Safety Codes, Permits and Inspections
  • Alberta Building Code 9.36 (ABC 9.36)
  • Compliance Report Programs
  • Edmonton Service Centre
  • Customer parking
Building Edmonton-February 2017
  • Booking Electrical Inspections
  • New Edmonton Service Centre Opens February 27
Building Edmonton-January 2017
  • 2017 Fee Updates
  • Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) Review
  • Zoning Bylaw Amendments
2016 Development Digest
Development Digest - Q4 (December)
  • Final Edition of Development Digest: transitioning into Building Edmonton Newsletter
  • New Energy Efficiency and Energy Code Implementation
  • Worksite Code of Conduct: a sign to encourage respectful construction practices
  • Partial Footing and Foundation: by allowing applicants to begin excavation and foundation work for multi-­unit projects once the associated Development Permit has been issued
  • Geo-Referencing Designs: EDTI is requesting that consultant’s digital power layout drawings be readily available in NAD83/ Alberta 3TM 114 Grid format for each submission during the review process
Industry Update - Final Building Inspection (October)

Beginning on October 3, 2016, all required discipline specific progress inspections for single family dwellings (House Combo Permits) must be completed and acceptable prior to booking the Final Building Inspection.

Development Digest - Q3 (August)
  • Construction Site Management Acknowledgement Form
  • North Decoteau Neighbourhood Structure Plan
  • Footing and Foundation Partial Permit
Industry Update - Proposed Changes: New Landscaping and Construction Management Requirements (July)

At the upcoming June 27, 2016, Public Hearing, City Council will consider proposed changes to the Zoning Bylaw in regards to:

  • tree and shrub planting requirements for all low­-density residential development
  • incentives to preserve mature trees, and
  • mandatory submission of a Construction Site Management Acknowledgement Form
Industry Update - Permit Review Improvements: Semi-Detached Housing Applications (June)

The City of Edmonton is continuing improvements on Semi­-Detached Housing applications to help streamline Development and Building Permit review processes. These upcoming changes will help with quicker turnaround times for permit decisions, allow for more efficient intake and submission processes and increase transparency.

Development Digest - Q2 (May)
  • Environment and Risk Unit has been created and is joining the Planning Coordination Section of City Planning
  • City Council approved 104 Avenue Rezoning
  • Fire access plan requirements for Commercial/Industrial/Multi-Residential Development Permit Applications have been added to submission requirements to improve efficiency of the Major Development Permit Approval Process
  • Approved development permit notice signs
  • Q1 2016 Activity Overview
Industry Update - Customer Connection Guide Updates (May)

For all Electrical rooms located below grade, a 3⁄4” conduit (continuous with no fittings) must be run between the meter room and a 6” X 6” PVC box mounted to the closest exterior wall of the building. A 120 volt electrical outlet must be supplied next to this conduit in the meter room.

Industry Update - eServices CCC/FAC Launch (March)
Development Digest - Q1 (March)
  • Updates to Drawing Submissions Requirements For EPCOR Water Services Inc. For All Approved Projects

  • Important Announcement From the Provincial Government Regarding the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park
  • Aster Neighbourhood Plan Approved by City Council

Development Services is excited to announce the formal rollout of electronic Construction Completion Certificates (CCC) and Final Acceptance Certificates (FAC) effective March 31, 2016.

Industry Update - January
  • 2015 Plumbing Code acceptance and enforcement
  • Adapting and enforcing the 2015 National Plumbing Code of Canada on all permits effective February 1, 2017
2015 Development Digest

Note: The Development Coordination Bulletin was renamed to Development Digest midway through 2015.

Development Digest - Q4 (December)
  • Current Planning Year in Review
  • Industrial Investment Action Plan
  • Key Infrastructure Studies Nearing Completion
  • City Council Adds Edmonton Energy and Technology Park Infrastructure Funding Bundle to List of Priorities
  • Launch of Redlines in eServices and ePlan
Development Digest - Q3 (November)
  • Year End Deadlines for 2015 Servicing Agreements
  • Correction to Landscape Design and Construction Standards
  • City announces adoption of the Jasper Place Area Redevelopment Plan
  • Q3 2015 Planning Performance Reports
  • 3rd Party Damage by Telecommunications Company
  • Landscaping Your Developments
Industry Update - Updates to HVAC (October)
  • November 1, 2015, officially ends the transition to the new Alberta Building Code (ABC) 2014
  • November 1,  2015, will also see the coming into force of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011
Development Digest - August
  • eServices Update: Eliminating performance issues and online Redlines, CCC and FAC application is being developed and should be available in 2016
  • 2015 Growth Monitoring Report: Growth of Edmonton in 2014
  • Parkland Developer Services Inspection Site Readiness Guidelines
  • Q2 2015 Planning Performance Reports
Development Digest - June
  • Update on Launch of eServices for Relines, Construction Completion Certificates (CCCs) and Final Acceptance Certificates (FACs)
  • New City Design & Construction Standards
  • ePlan Best Practices for Consultants
  • Trench Backfill for Shallow Utilities
  • EETP Planning Guide saves industrial developers time and money
  • It’s Inspection Season: EPCOR Water Services and Parkland Developer Services reminders for successful inspections
Development Coordination Bulletin - April
  • New Guidelines for Establishing Security in Servicing Agreements
  • Upcoming Launch of eServices for Redlines, Construction Completion Certificates (CCCs) and Final Acceptance Certificates (FACs)
  • Parks and Biodiversity Update to the City of Edmonton Design and Construction Standards
  • City Increases Marketability and Investment Potential in the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park
Development Coordination Bulletin - February
  • Engineering Drawing Pre-Circulation Meetings Open to Industry
  • 2015 Servicing Agreement Inspection Fee Rates
  • Current Planning is Improving Notification Letters for Planning Applications
  • 2015 Current Planning Fees Remain Unchanged
  • 2014 Building Construction Value Sets Record
  • Planning Academy Infill Elective Course Now Available
  • City Launches Nail Down Your Permit Process
  • Introducing the Current Planning Branch Marketing and Client Relations Team
  • For the Love of Winter Design Guidelines Drafted
  • City of Edmonton Design and Construction Standards for Roadways Being Updated
  • Edmonton Neighbourhood Profiles Now Available
2014 Development Coordination Bulletins
Development Coordination Bulletin - November
  • City Fully Transitions to Electronic Engineering Drawing Submissions
  • Wetland Task Force Update: UDI/GM Committee Endorses Five Outcomes Proposed by the Wetland Task Force
  • New Central Inbox for EPCOR Power
  • City Recognized as Leader in Community Planning
  • City Wide Planning Reorganizes to Enhance Customer Service
  • New Development Coordination Responsibility Map Available
Development Coordination Bulletin - September
  • Engineering Drawing Submissions by Paper are a Thing of the Past
  • City Issue Request for Proposal for External Review of Approval Process
  • Growth Analysis Unit releases 2014 Annual Growth Monitoring Report
  • Edmonton’s Infill Roadmap Created from Evolving Infill Project
  • Register Now for Planning Academy!
Development Coordination Bulletin - July
  • Development Coordination introduces modified servicing agreement to facilitate legal plan registration
  • New Terms of Reference for Neighbourhood Structure Plans now available online
  • Update on the implementation of Complete Streets and NEW Cross Sections
  • Objectives determined for Streamlining Planning Processes
  • City’s Winter Design Guidelines receives planning award
  • Street Lighting group receives Charles Labatiuk Award for Environmental Excellence

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