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Phase 1: Completed December 2007

On January 30, 2007, Council asked the city administration to consider how to make it easier for people to operate secondary suites. This would make more affordable housing available, and require a bylaw change.

After extensive public consultations that included public open houses, a telephone survey and an online web survey, administration proposed:

  • Allowing more secondary suites within single detached housing, in the smaller-lot suburban zones
  • Allowing more secondary suites in large-lot mature area zones, with restrictions
  • Allowing garden suites (above a detached garage) in smaller-lot suburban zones, and in the mature area zones in certain locations at the discretion of the development authority

The first phase was completed in December 2007 with Council’s adoption of Bylaw 14750.


Secondary Suites

Secondary Suites FAQ

For More Information

Secondary Suites: Information, Questions and Application Forms

5th Floor, 10250–101 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Development Permit and Zoning Bylaw Inquiries

Title Development Technical Advisor

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Building Permit and Building Code inquiries on new secondary or garden suite developments

Title Building Technical Advisor

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Building and Fire Codes-Provincial Standards

Title Municipal Affairs and Housing


Fire Code Inquiries (Secondary Suites)

Fire Prevention, Fire Rescue Services

Title Fire Prevention Coordinator


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