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Forms for Commercial Development and Building Permits

The City of Edmonton has developed separate application forms for commercial development permits and building permits.

Development Permit Requirements

If the residential or commercial development permit is for a new building that will be larger than 47 sq. metres (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. m (506 sq. ft.) the Abandoned Wells Confirmation Form, which is part of the development permit application form, must be submitted with a printout of the map(s) that was used to confirm the absence/presence of abandoned well(s).

See the Business application forms and Construction application forms sections below for details.

GeoExchange Systems Application Form

The GeoExchange System Installation Application form provides the City of Edmonton with sufficient information about the proposed GeoExchange (also known as Geothermal) system to ensure building code and industry best practice compliance of any buildings it may connect to.

The Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning forms section has the details.

General Information and Services

Cancellation and/or Refund Request Form
An application to request a refund prior to a decision being made or a permit or licence being issued on the following types of jobs: Development Permits, Building Permits, Licence Fees, Plumbing and Gas Permit Fees, Heating and Ventilation Permit Fees, Compliance and Encroachment Fees.

Compliance Certificate Application
An application for confirmation that all construction and location of the construction has permits and approvals.

Compliance Fees Form to change a Regular service request to Express service
Application form that client can use to fill in to provide credit card information to pay the difference in fees when they want to change their original Compliance Request from Regular service to Express service.

Encroachment Application Form
To apply for approval allowing a building or structure to continue to be located on or over City property.

FOIP Application Form
To apply for access to information in the custody or under the control of the City of Edmonton.

Leave as Built Application Form
A confirmation by the City that applies to buildings that had appropriate development permits issued, but the building was built in a different location than what was approved.

Residential Parking Permit and Visitor Pass Application Form
An application for approval to allow a vehicle parking (vehicle must be under 4500 KG in weight) in a restricted residential area.

Search of Records Request Form
To apply for either plan or file search on a property or building. This request must be made by the owner or by an acting agent on behalf of the owner.

Zoning Confirmation Application Form
An application to confirm the zoning of a particular property.

Animal Services

Visit the Pet Licences page to apply for or renew a dog or cat licence online.

Business

Development permit approvals must be obtained for new construction, renovations, businesses, and changes of use to existing buildings.

Commercial Location Business Licence Application Form
To apply for approval to operate a business on a commercial site.
Business Licence applications are reviewed to see if a Development Permit is also required.

Development Permits ensure the proposed business activity is allowed for that location under the City of Edmonton, Zoning Bylaw #12800 according to the zoning designation of the property.
Use the Home-Based Business application form (below) for operating from your home.

Commercial Development Permit Application Form
This form must be filled for any new commercial business application or change in existing business operations.
This application form must be submitted with the following documentation:

The appropriate checklist:

Commercial Industrial Checklist - This checklist is required for construction projects for new buildings and additions

Multi-Unit Residential Checklist - This checklist is required for construction projects consisting of 3 or more dwellings for new apartment/condominium buildings/row housing, stacked row housing.

Change of Use Checklist - This checklist is required when changing the use within an existing building or site (for example: changing a General Retail Store to a Restaurant)

Child Care Services Checklist - This checklist is required when applying for a commercial development permit for child care services.

Home-Based Business Application Form
An application for approval to operate a business from your residential property.

Non Resident Business Application Form
This application form is to be filled out by businesses that do not have a permanent base of operations in either a Home or Commercial location within Edmonton but are working in the City.

Business Licence Cancellation Form
Form used to cancel a business licence.

Permanent and Temporary Sign Applications


Permanent Sign Application Form
To apply for approval of the placement of a permanent sign on a property.

Temporary On-premises Sign
To apply for approval to place a Temporary On-premises Sign on a property.

Apply online for Temporary On-Premises Signs

Temporary On-premises Signs means any sign that is relocatable or removable from a site and used for advertising of a limited duration. The copy on such a sign identifies or advertises a business, activity, product, service or entertainment located on the premises or site where the sign is displayed.

Temporary Off-premises Sign To apply for approval to place a Temporary Off-premises Sign on a property.

Use the Temporary Off-premises Sign Application Form

Temporary Off-premises Signs means any sign that is relocatable or removable from a site and used for advertising of a limited duration. The copy on such a sign directs attention to a business, activity, product, service or entertainment that cannot be considered as the principal products sold nor a principal business, activity, entertainment or service provided on the premises or site where the sign is displayed.

Other temporary sign application conditions:

Landowner/Agent Permission Letter: Applications for all signs shall include a letter from the owner of the property on which the sign is to be erected, or his agent, authorizing the applicant's sign development.

Other business-related application forms

Street Vending Application Form
Application form for a street vending permit. Applicants should consult our vending permit page before submitting their application.

Sidewalk Café Application Form
Application form for a sidewalk café permit. Applicants should consult our sidewalk café permit page before submitting their application.

Travelling/Temporary Sales Business Licence Application Form
To apply for a Travelling/Temporary Sales business licence.

Vehicle for Hire Driver's Licence Application Form
An application for new or renewed Vehicle for Hire (Taxi, Limousine and Shuttle) Driver's licences.

Business Licence Application for Dispatchers for: Taxis Shuttle or Limousine Service, and Private Transportation Providers
An application form to operate a business providing dispatch services to Taxis, Accessible Taxis, Shuttle or Limousine vehicles, and Private Transportation Providers.

Taxi Plate Transfer Application Form
To apply to have a taxi plate transferred to a Class A taxi licence holder's name.

Residential and Commercial Construction

Updated Application Forms For New Home Construction

As of February 1, 2014, all new home building permit applications are required under the New Home Buyer Protection Act (Municipal Affairs of the Alberta Government) to supply one of the following before a building permit can be issued:

  • Warranty Confirmation number
    OR,
  • An exemption letter from the Alberta Government

Please ensure you use the updated application forms to provide this required information.

For more information about the warranty program see: www.homewarranty.alberta.ca

Development permit approvals must be obtained for new construction, renovations, businesses, and changes of use to existing buildings.

Fill in the Residential Construction Application form.

An application for approval regarding development or construction projects on a residential property/building that include:

  • additions
  • basement developments (no secondary suite)
  • covered deck/patio
  • demolition
  • detached carport
  • gazebo or pergola
  • hot tub
  • interior alterations
  • ponds
  • sheds
  • solid fuel burning appliance (wood, pellet, coal)
  • sunroom
  • swimming pool
  • uncovered deck

If construction is for a new house, use the New House Combo application form.

Uncovered Deck under 6 feet Construction Design Form

Residential Demolition Form
An application form used to remove standing structures such as a house or garage.
Properties listed on the Inventory of Historic Resources in Edmonton will be required to submit additional information as per Section 14.12 of the Zoning Bylaw.

Asbestos Abatement and Utilities Disconnection Form
If you are demolishing any residential structure(s) 10 sq. m or larger, you will need to submit this form with the application package.

Commercial Development Permit Application Form
This form is used for new commercial construction or renovations to an existing commercial, industrial, or multi-dwelling residential development. A commercial building permit application must also be completed.
This application form must be submitted with the following documentation:

The appropriate checklist:

Commercial Industrial Checklist - This checklist is required for construction projects for new buildings and additions

Multi-Unit Residential Checklist - This checklist is required for construction projects consisting of 3 or more dwellings for new apartment/condominium buildings/row housing, stacked row housing.

Change of Use Checklist - This checklist is required when changing the use within an existing building or site (for example: changing a General Retail Store to a Restaurant)

Child Care Services Checklist - This checklist is required when applying for a commercial development permit for child care services.

Commercial Building Permit Application
This application is required for any new commercial or industrial construction. (If you are doing interior alterations or tenant improvements to existing commercial space, use the Commercial Building Permit Application for Interior Alterations.)

The Guide to Completing Commercial Building Application can be consulted, if required.

Commercial Building Permit Application for Interior Alterations
This application is required for any interior alterations/tenant improvements to existing floor and mezzanine areas in commercial buildings.

Electrical Permit Application Form - Contractors
An application form for an electrical permit being applied for by a Electrical Contractor.

Electrical Permit Annual Application Form- Contractors and Owners of commercial buildings

Electrical Permit Application Form - Homeowner
An application form to apply for an electrical permit when a homeowner is doing their own electrical work.

Garage Application Form
An application for the construction of a detached garage.

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Forms

Heating and Ventilation Application Form (Contractor Form)
To apply for approval to install or alter heating and ventilation equipment.

Heating and Ventilation Application Form (Homeowner Form)
Single family homeowners who apply for this permit are required to own and reside at the property and be doing the work themselves.
Homeowner applications must be done in person at our office. Faxed or mailed applications from homeowners will not be accepted.

GeoExchange System Application Form
A GeoExchange System, commonly known as a Geothermal System, is a network of piping in the ground with a closed loop fluid circulation that allows for heat transfer between a building HVAC system and the ground. GeoExchange systems can improve the energy efficiency of building heating and cooling systems.

The GeoExchange System Installation Application form provides the City of Edmonton with sufficient information about the proposed GeoExchange system to ensure building code and industry best practice compliance of any buildings it may connect to.

Plumbing forms

Plumbing and Gas Application Form (Contractor Form)
To apply for approval to install or alter plumbing and gas equipment.

Plumbing and Gas Application Form (Homeowner Form)
Single family homeowners who apply for this permit must own and reside in the residence and be doing the work themselves.
Homeowners can only apply for gas permits for existing homes. They are not allowed to submit a gas permit for work being done in a new single family home.
All applications will be required to provide a detailed drawing including pipe sizing for the work they are doing.
Faxed or mailed applications from homeowners will not be accepted.

Private Sewage Disposal System Application Form
An application for a sewage disposal system for new homes and for system replacements for older homes.

Other Construction Application Forms

Construction Site Management Acknowledgement Form
City of Edmonton’s requirements and guidelines for best construction practices for demolition or new construction of residential infill development.

Contractor Change Request Form
An application to request a change of a contractor on permits.

New Single Family House Permit Application Form (with or without a new secondary suite)
To apply for approval to build a new house which includes all of the development, building, plumbing, gas, heating, sewer and water permits.

This application can also include the construction of a new secondary suite as long as this construction is being done at the same time as the construction of the new home. If the secondary suite is being constructed after the home is built, you will need to fill out the Secondary Suite for an Existing Single Family Home application form (below).

Garage with Garden Suite Permit Application Form
To apply for approval to build a new Garden suite (this construction must be for a separate dwelling from the primary residence) or to apply for permits for an existing Garden Suite. If you are building a Secondary Suite into an existing home, please fill out the Secondary Suite Application Form.

Secondary Suite for an Existing Single Family Home Application Form
An application to apply for permits to build either a new secondary suite into an existing single family home or to apply for permits for a secondary suite that has already been built without permits into an existing single family home.

Re-inspection request form
Application form used to pay for fees when a re-inspection is required. These fees must be paid before the re-inspection can be done.

Footing and Foundation Partial Permit Declaration Form
This form applies to Semi-Detached (two units) and Row Housing (up to four units) only and provides permit applicants, contractors, builders and property owners information about the City of Edmonton’s requirements and guidelines for the Footing and Foundation Partial Permit process, including restrictions and overall limitations.

Row Housing or Stacked Row Housing Application Form (new construction)
An application for permits to build a new row house (3 or more units side by side) or a stacked Row House (3 or more units with any unit wholly or partially stacked above another).

Semi Detached or Duplex Housing Application Form (new construction)
An application for construction of a new semi-detached (2 units side by side) or duplex (2 units above each other) residential building.

Sewer and Water Application Form
To apply for approval to install or alter sewer and water equipment.

Telecommunications Facility Application Form 2017
To apply for approval to install a telecommunications facility. Includes a checklist.

Working Drawing Submission Form
Form to be filled out when submitting new or revised working drawings.

Waiver Form
A legal document between an applicant and the City for the purpose of beginning work on a project prior to the final appeal process.

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