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Project Overview

On July 10, 2017, City Council approved amendments to Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw to improve the buildability and quality of garden suites. At this time, Council also directed City staff to explore some potential future changes to the garden suite regulations, including:

  • Changing the maximum size of the second storey from 50m2 to 60m2 in mature and established neighbourhoods
  • Providing a larger exemption for areas covered by stairways
  • Allowing larger units when they are designed to be wheelchair accessible and barrier free, including 65m2 on the second storey and 130m2 overall
  • Seeking advice from the Edmonton Design Committee on design regulations for garden suites 

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to refine garden suite regulations, drawing from suggestions made at Public Hearing and analysis of recent development permit applications.  The end result will be a set of recommended amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to further improve the buildability of garage and garden suites.

Project Stage

Project Stage: Information Gathering

This report is currently at the information gathering stage. 

The City is reviewing development permit data and doing a technical analysis of the proposed changes. The proposed amendments are anticipated to be presented to Urban Planning Committee in October 2018.

Public Engagement 

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.

City staff will be reaching out to recent applicants for garden suites to better understand their experiences with the new regulations. A draft report with proposed recommendations will also be circulated for four weeks to external stakeholders for review and comment. There will also be an opportunity for interested parties to speak at Urban Planning Committee.

For More Information

Jeff Booth

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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