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Construction of a new Garden Suite on a single family dwelling lot requires that permits be obtained before you start construction.

About the Service

What is a Garden Suite?

Typically, garden suites are single or two-storey structures built in the back yards of single detached homes and must have their own kitchen, bathroom and living space. You may also know them as garage suites, carriage houses, backyard suites or laneway homes.

The Edmonton Zoning Bylaw defines a garden suite as:

An accessory building containing a dwelling, which is located separate from the principal use which is single detached housing, and which may contain a parking area. A garden suite has cooking facilities, food preparation, sleeping and sanitary facilities which are separate from those of the principal dwelling located on the site.

Learn more about garden suite regulations in the City's Garden Suites video.

How Do I Obtain the Service?

Construction or renovation of a garden suite requires a development permit.

For a new garden suite construction, complete the Garden Suite Application Form.

After your application has been reviewed and the appropriate permit(s) issued, applicants are required to contact the City of Edmonton at 311 and arrange for inspections. All inspections must be passed before any person can occupy the garden suite.

For more information, refer to the Garden Suites How-To Guide (10.56 MB), the Garden Suite Regulations Overview and the Garden Suite Development Process Guide.

For new construction and existing garden suites that have been built without permits

Fees are based on the square footage of the building that is being constructed.

For renovations to an existing Garden Suite that has already been issued its original Development & Building Permit:
Development Permit

Permit Fees may vary depending on the scope of the construction.

Building Permit

Fee will be the total of your Building Permit (based on the construction value of your Secondary Suite renovation) plus a safety code fee, which is charged on all Building Permits.

2017 rates

Value of Construction: $0 - $5,000
Building Permit Fee: $105
Safety Code Fee: $4.50

Value of Construction: $5,001-$10,000
Building Permit Fee: $151
Safety Code Fee: $6.04

Value of Construction: $10,001-$25,000
Building Permit Fee: $261
Safety Code Fee: $10.44

Value of Construction: $25,001-$50,000
Building Permit Fee: $485
Safety Code Fee: $19.40

Value of Construction: $50,001-$100,000
Building Permit Fee: $941
Safety Code Fee: $37.64

Value of Construction: Over $100,000
Building Permit Fee: $1,831
Safety Code Fee: $73.28

Construction Value includes:
  • Building Components (all materials used in the construction of the building including all building services, electrical, fire alarm and detection systems, and fire protection equipment)
  • Plumbing components (fixtures, drainage system, venting systems, water systems or any part thereof)
  • Electrical components
  • Heating components (systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning)

Construction value does NOT include furnishings, rugs, floor coverings, curtains etc.

Waste management fees

If you are developing a secondary suite, a garage suite or garden suite, you need to know that your Waste Management Services Fee is affected.

Contact the City About This Service

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm


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


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