Secondary suites are only allowed within a single detached house, and garden suites are only allowed on a site with a single detached house.
Both secondary suites and garden suites can be created in most residential zones of the city, although specific development regulations apply.
In most low-density residential zones, they are considered to be a permitted use, while in other residential zones, they are considered to be a discretionary use.
A permitted use will be approved provided if it fully complies with the Zoning Bylaw.
A discretionary use may be approved, but the approval is not guaranteed. Adjacent landowners are notified of the decision and the decision can be appealed by either the property owner or anyone affected.
The zones that allow secondary suites and garden suites, along with the location restrictions for garden suites, are explained in the Zoning Bylaw.
Additional Restrictions apply to the following neighbourhoods:
Gold Bar, Maple Ridge, Beverley Heights, Rundle Heights, and a portion of Horse Hill rural subdivision. These locations are near the Edmonton-Strathcona boundary, where limitations apply within 1.5 km of the Edmonton-Strathcona boundary due to heavy industrial areas.
Please call a Development Technical Advisor at 311 (or 780-442-5311 outside of Edmonton) for more information.
See map of affected areas and Section 822 of the Zoning Bylaw.