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Landscaping contributes to Edmonton’s livability, appearance and environmental stewardship. Well designed and maintained landscaping enhances your development.

Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw requires landscaping for residential, commercial, industrial and multi-family residential development. When looking at the regulations in the Zoning Bylaw you will need to consider:

  • Section 55 - Landscape Requirements
  • Zone applied to your property
  • Overlays, special areas, applicable plans, etc
You can find your property’s zone by visiting maps.edmonton.ca. Select ‘Zoning’ and search by your property address.

 

Incentives to Retain Trees

The City of Edmonton has introduced an incentive program promoting the retention of existing mature trees during construction. Any new development can receive credits towards their tree requirements for preserving mature trees. The table below describes the minimum size of trees and shrubs required to receive credit for one or two new trees.

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Residential Landscaping Requirements

Residential developments in RF1, RSL, RF2, RF3, RF5, RF6, RA7, RA8, RA9, RR, RMH, RF5t, TSDR, TSLR, TMU, GLD, RF5g, RA7g, GLG, UVCa, BLMR, BMR zones are required to plant trees and shrubs according to the table below and the relevant sections of the Zoning Bylaw. Use the links above to view the specific requirements for each zone.

New Landscaping Requirements Chart

Residential developments in RPL, RPLt, RF4, RF4t, RMD, UCRH, CCLD, CCSF, HVLD and GHLD are required to plant trees and shrubs according to the table below and relevant sections of Zoning Bylaw. Use the links below to view the specific requirements for each zone.

When Applying for a Development Permit

Most zones require that you submit a site plan listing the following:

  • Existing trees (if applicable)
  • Number, size and type of new and preserved trees
  • Seed/sod or alternative ground cover
Some zones require a landscape plan prepared by a professional landscape architect.

Be sure to look at the specific requirements of your zone to determine whether you need to show landscaping on a site plan or a landscaping plan when applying for a development permit.

 

Multi-Family, Commercial, and Industrial Developments

Landscaping contributes to Edmonton’s livability, appearance and environmental stewardship. Well designed and maintained landscaping enhances your development.

Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw requires landscaping for commercial, industrial and multi-family residential development. When looking at the regulations in the Zoning Bylaw you will need to consider:

  • Section 55 - Landscape Requirements
  • Zone applied to your property
  • Overlays, special areas, applicable plans, etc

You can find your property’s zone by visiting maps.edmonton.ca. Select ‘Zoning’ and search by your property address.

Process

Review of your landscape plan is part of the Development Permit process. Key steps are outlined below.

You can reduce the required process time by providing complete information and your City File # (project number) at each step.

Start by including a professionally prepared landscape plan that meets the Zoning Bylaw regulations, and a cost estimate, with your Development Permit application.

Submit Your Landscape Plan & Cost Estimate

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Step 1 - Submit your Landscape Plan

Step 2 - Submit your Cost Estimate

Step 3 - Submit Landscape Security equal to the value of the approved Cost Estimate

Install Approved Landscaping

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Step 4 - Install the landscaping based on the Approved Landscape Plan

Unexpected installation issues? Please contact the City Landscape Team to confirm you meet the City’s requirements. Your Approved Landscape Plan will need to be updated.

Request an Inspection and Security Release

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Step 5 - Obtain Final Lot Grading Approval

Step 6 - Request a Landscape Inspection once your site is fully installed

  • City Landscape Inspectors confirm installed landscaping matches the Approved Landscape Plan

Step 7 - Follow the two-year maintenance process to have your security released

Landscaping Team Contacts

Landscape Plan and Cost Estimate Review

Alina Cross
Landscape Technician
Development and Zoning Services
780-442-2581
alina.cross@edmonton.ca 

Letter of Credit Format and General Inquires on Held Securities

Kailey Fisher
Accounting Assistant
Development and Zoning Services
780-496-6043
kailey.fisher@edmonton.ca

Landscape Inspections or Status of Security Release

Alina Cross
Landscape Technician
Development and Zoning Services
780-442-2581
alina.cross@edmonton.ca

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

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

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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