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Read about up-to-date COVID-19 related service adjustments for development, permit, licencing, and construction & inspection services.

For commercial, industrial, institutional, apartments, Row Houses with 5 or more dwelling units, and stacked Row Houses.

Also, for temporary structures such as office trailers, storage sheds, and sea cans. 

For Additions/Alterations see Changes to Existing Commercial Buildings

Which Permits Do I Need?

All projects require: 

  • Development Permit (Zoning Approval) ensures your structures are allowed in your location and comply with the Zoning Bylaw.
  • Building Permit to audit project design and construction in accordance with Alberta Safety Codes Act. Building Permit provides permission to begin construction. Starting construction without all permits can result in stop work orders, fines and/or administrative penalties.
  • Trades Permits for heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas, and electrical work
  • Sign Permit if installing permanent exterior signs

Typical Project Process

The typical project process for a new commercial building.

Preparation for the Application

Know Your Site

You can identify the zone and any applicable overlays of your site using the interactive zoning map.

Also refer to the Special Land Use Provisions in the Zoning Bylaw to understand additional requirements related to you specific uses. 

Need help? See the Business Zoning Guide

Use the GeoDiscover Alberta Map to determine whether abandoned wells are located on your property.

Pre-Application Meeting

Pre-application meetings are not required but highly encouraged for new buildings and additions and significant renovations. 

Applicants who book pre-application meetings find that meetings shorten development permit review times. 

During a pre-application meeting you will meet with a team of City staff from different departments (including but not limited to transportation, drainage, fire rescue) who will review and provide feedback on your proposed project.

Feedback from City Staff Includes:

  • Flagging issues to address, such as variances to the Zoning Bylaw
  • Sharing information that needs to be considered, such as required separation from existing accesses
  • Identifying additional required reports or information
  • Sharing relevant City program information 

Disclaimers: 

  • Comments provided through the pre-application meeting do not reflect a commitment or decision by City administration to either approve or refuse your proposal. Applying for a development permit is the only way to be provided with a decision by City administration.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to share the results (meeting record) of the pre-application meeting with their development permit application. 

To request a pre-application meeting use this form

Meeting Details:

  • First-come, first-serve, based on completed requests (site plan and fee payment)
  • Scheduled on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month (see schedule). Due to demand, meetings generally occur 4-6 weeks after payment has been processed.
  • Meetings are 50 minutes long. 
  • A meeting record will be shared one week after the meeting occurs.
  • Fee: $331 + GST.
Edmonton Design Committee

Applications for new buildings, additions and some facade improvements may be subject to review by the Edmonton Design Committee if they are located in designated areas. See page 9 of the bylaw.

The Development Officer will determine whether your project will be subject to review by the Edmonton Design Committee while reviewing your application. 

The Edmonton Design Committee reviews and provides recommendations to applicants and the City regarding development applications. 

The Development Officer will consider the Edmonton Design Committee's comments before issuing the Development Permit.

For more information see Edmonton Design Committee

Client Liaison

If your project involves complex, atypical, industrial, commercial, or large-scale residential infill development you may qualify for enhanced service with a Client Liaison.

To learn about qualification criteria and contact information, see Client Liaison.

Development Permit Application

Development Permit Application Requirements

The tables below lists documents required to begin your application. 

Additional information may be requested when your application is under review. 

Applications are considered incomplete if documents are missing or do not include information listed in standards. 

Submitting an incomplete application will extend project timelines.   

Application Requirements Applications Standards and Guides
Site Plan Site Plan Standards
Floor Plan Floor Plan Standards
Elevation Drawings Elevation Drawing Standards
Fire Safety Document Fire Access Plan Requirements
Swept Path Analysis
Landscaping Plan Guide to Landscape Plan Requirements
Landscape Plan Sample
More information on landscaping securities and policies.
Certificate of Title Must be a current copy, obtained within the past 3 months. 
Alberta Land Titles
Legal Documents Restrictive covenants, utility rights-of-way, easements, caveats

Building Permit Application

Building Permit Application Requirements

Carefully review the application requirements to submit a complete application. The table below lists documents required to begin your application.

Additional information may be requested when your application is under review. 

Applications are considered incomplete if documents are missing or do not include information listed in standards. 

Submitting an incomplete application will extend application timelines. 

Application Requirement Minimum Submission Standard and Guide
Site Plan Site Plan Standards
Survey Plan Prepared by a registered Alberta land surveyor
Survey Plan Standards
Building Plans

Note: Building permit plan standards are different from development permit standards.

Building Plans Standards

3.8 Accessibility Guide

Energy Code Documents Energy Code Requirements
Professional Schedules Schedules of Professional Involvement Forms
Geotechnical Report Prepared by a registered engineering professional
Fire Safety Documents Construction Fire Safety Plan
New Home Warranty Required for dwellings that will be sold. 
New Home Buyer Protection Act


Additional forms: 

Variance/Alternative Solutions Request Form

Submitting Your Application

Applying Online

You can apply for permits online at selfserve.edmonton.ca. You will be able to manage the project through the dashboard, add and change trades, schedule inspections and find copies of reviewed plans and permit documents.

Applying In Person

To apply in person, visit the Edmonton Service Centre with: 

Fees

For a complete list of fees see: 

Permanent Area Contributions (PAC)
Arterial Roadway Assessments (ARA)

There are several ways to make a payment

Additional fees may apply. Additional charges may apply for revisions.

After You Apply

Changing or Cancelling Your Application

To change your application, email the person who is handling your application identified on the messages sent to you as your application progresses. Additional charges may apply for revisions. For more information see: 
2019 Development Permit and Related Fees 
2019 Building Permit and Safety Codes Fees

To cancel your application, email the Cancellation/Refund Request form to the person who is handling your application. 

Requesting Inspections
Development Permit Inspections

Development permit inspections occur before construction is complete. To learn more, visit development permit inspections

Building Permit and Trade Permit Inspections

Multiple inspections will be required during and after construction. Review the conditions written on your permit documents to understand when inspections are required. 

Failure to complete required inspections may result in you having to remove finished walls and/or additional inspection costs and delays. 

Any deviation from reviewed plans cannot be endorsed on-site. When work completed does not match reviewed plans, revised plans must be submitted for additional review. 

All the mandatory inspections are to be requested online at selfserve.edmonton.ca. Either the permit holder or the delegated constructor is responsible to co-ordinate all inspections.

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

Telephone

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

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