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Hospitality Venue Inspections and Convictions

Fire Safety Code Officers conduct inspections of hospitality and late-night venues around Edmonton. Officers inspect compliance with maximum permissible occupant loads and other criteria as identified in the National Fire Code (Alberta Edition), such as fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, maintaining clear and unobstructed functional exit doors and more. 

Overcrowding and other fire safety offences pose serious risks to patrons and the danger is potentially fatal. Patrons have the right to full transparency of convictions and other information in order to make informed choices.

Fines and Occupancy Loads

Businesses can be fined up to $100,000 for a first overcrowding offence and up to $500,000 for subsequent violations. Provincial Courts determine the amount of the fine.

Maximum allowable occupancy loads are set by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and monitored by Edmonton Police Services, the Public Safety Compliance Team and Fire Safety Code Officers, during routine night patrol operational inspections.

2018 Hospitality Fire Code Convictions

O2's Taphouse |8217-104 Street

  • On September 17, 2018, O2 Whyte Partnership pleaded guilty to overcrowding and received a $4,000 fine as well as a $600 victim surcharges fine
  • The charges are related to overcrowding during an inspection on an Oilers' playoff night on April 14, 2017  ​​​​

Nyala Lounge | 10875-98 Street

  • On July 17, 2018, Nyala Lounge pleaded guilty to a charge of overcrowding and received a $3,000 fine to the company as well as a $2,000 fine to the owner, Mulugeta Tesfay
  • The charges are related to an incident of overcrowding on March 5, 2017

Hudsons on Whyte | 10307-82 Avenue

  • On May 14, 2018, Hudsons on Whyte pleaded guilty to overcrowding and received a $7,000 fine
  • The charges are related to overcrowding during an inspection on an Oilers' playoff night on April 12, 2017

For More Information

Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)

Telephone

780-496-3628 (voicemail only)

Email fireprevention@edmonton.ca

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