This booklet is designed to give you a basic understanding of what zoning is, and how it shapes your neighbourhood and city.
A Compliance Certificate is a report from the City of Edmonton confirming that all buildings and structures identified on the property have met the regulations under the Zoning Bylaw and have the appropriate development permits.
The Alberta Land Surveyor's Real Property Report is reviewed by a development officer to see if it meets the current Zoning Bylaw regulations and that development permits have been issued for all buildings and structures shown.
The Real Property Report (RPR) must be prepared and signed by a Certified Alberta Land Surveyor. The RPR must show:
- All existing buildings and structures on the property, including fences and sheds
- The distances from existing buildings and structures to property lines
- The date of the survey
- The address and legal description of the property, and
- It also must be stamped with the surveyor's seal
If everything complies with the current Zoning Bylaw and if all of the buildings and/or structures shown on the Real Property Report have the required permits, the Compliance Certificate Report will indicate that everything complies.
If the buildings and/or structures on a property have permits according to a prior Zoning Bylaw requirement, but fail to meet the current Zoning Bylaw requirements, the applicant will receive a Compliance Certificate Report indicating that their buildings and/or structures are nonconforming.
In this situation, the appropriate permits are in place and no further action is required.
Correcting Identified Issues
If the appropriate permits or encroachment agreements for some of the structures have not been applied for, the applicant will receive a report indicating what the issue is and what actions the applicant must take to correct the issue. (for example, apply for an encroachment agreement, remove the structure, apply for permits, et cetera).
Online Application Requirements and Process
Before you apply, ensure a Real Property Report (RPR) is ready to be issued by a Certified Alberta Land Surveyor.
After you have submitted the online Compliance Certificate application and paid the fee, your surveying company will receive a request from the City of Edmonton to upload the Real Property Report and Certificate of Title (optional) to your application.
You will receive confirmation via email with a link to check the status of the application at any time.
Once reviewed, the applicant will receive a Compliance Certificate Report via email from the City of Edmonton.
Consult Our Guides
Applicants can read the Compliance Certificate Guide to familiarize themselves with the process. Representatives of land surveying companies can consult the Compliance Certificate Guide for Land Surveyors.
Payment can be made online, in person at the Edmonton Service Centre, by mail (cheque only) or over the phone by calling 780-442-5054.
Payment must be made in full within five days of submitting your application.
Alternative Application Methods
Print and complete Compliance Certificate Application Form
Bring in your application form or mail it with payment (cheque only) to:
Edmonton Service Centre
2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4
Compliance Certificate Revisions
If a compliance application identifies structures that require permits or encroachment agreements, the applicant can reapply within six months from the date of the original compliance report to have their Real Property Report reviewed again, once they have corrected the issues that were identified.
This second review is called a Compliance Revision. If you apply after the six month time period, a new Compliance Certificate Request is required.
Three conditions apply before the revision application will be accepted and a review completed:
- All Development and Building Permits identified in the original compliance response letter must be completed and the inspections of these structures finalized.
- Any encroachment agreements identified in the original compliance response letter must be signed and returned to the City of Edmonton before the application is submitted.
- Any structures and/or encroachments identified as non-complying in the original compliance response letter and that have not received Development and Building Permit approvals must be removed and a revised Real Property Report reflecting these changes must accompany the Compliance Revision Application.
Edmonton Service Centre
Office Hours: 8am-4:30pm
City of Edmonton
|By Phone||311 for 24-hour information and access to City of Edmonton programs and services. Or, if outside Edmonton, 780-442-5311.|
Compliance Certificate Fees for residential properties (up to two dwelling units per titled lot - this includes Single Detached Housing, Semi-Detached Housing and Duplex Housing)
2018 Fees effective January 1, 2018
- Regular Service $131
- Express Service $260
Compliance Certificate Fees for all other properties (Commercial, Multi-Residential, Industrial)
2018 Fees effective January 1, 2018
- Regular Service $272
- Express Service $541
Compliance Certificate Revision:
- Effective January 1, 2018 and only Regular Service: $83
To change the Compliance service from Regular to Express, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee calculation is the difference between regular and express.
What is Regular vs. Express Service?
There are two service options to choose from:
Regular – Average length of time to process applications is 10 working days; however, this time could increase if workloads are particularly heavy.
Express – An option of paying an additional fee to ensure their compliance application is reviewed and a response received within three working days. (Note: this does not include the day the City of Edmonton receives the application.)