Landscaping for Multi-Family, Commercial and Industrial Developments
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Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw requires landscaping for commercial, industrial and multi-family residential developments.
A landscape security is collected by the City to cover the cost of landscaping and ensures that landscaping is completed according to Section 55 and the approved development permit plans.
Securities are only required for major development permits (commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential), and are held until the Development Officer confirms that the required landscaping has been maintained in a healthy condition for a minimum of 24 months.
Incentives to Retain Mature Trees
In 2016, the City 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.
Minimum size of trees and shrubs required to receive credit for 1 or 2 new trees.
Major Development Process
Steps to follow when applying for a major development permit.
Install the landscaping based on the approved landscape plan. If you experience unexpected installation issues, contact the City Landscape Team to confirm you meet the City’s requirements. Your approved landscape plan will need to be updated.
Request a landscape inspection once your site is fully installed. City Landscape Inspectors will confirm whether installed landscaping matches the approved landscape plan.
The required Landscape Security will be based on deficiencies identified at time of inspection. Cost rates are determined by averages of past and present landscape procurements which use a competitive open tender process. View the Current Landscape Security Cost Rates.