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Leave as Built is a confirmation by the City that applies to buildings that have had the appropriate development permits issued but the actual building has been built in a different location than what was approved.

About the Service

What is the process?

A Development Officer reviews the application to determine whether they will approve the "variance" allowing the structure to remain.

  • If your application is approved, we will notify your neighbours within 60m of your property. The notification period, in which your neighbours may appeal the Development Officer's decision, is approximately four weeks.
  • During the notification period, you can inquire with the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board at 780-496-6079 on whether any appeals have been made.
  • If no appeals are filed during the notification period, the development permit is valid, allowing the building to remain as built.

Why is a letter of notification done?

The Zoning Bylaw requires that the Development Services Branch notify all property owners within a 60 metre (200 foot) radius of a development permit approval, for a discretionary use (see Class B) or where the development officer grants a variance on a regulation of the Zoning Bylaw.
Note: a notification may require some additional fees, as outlined in the Fees section below.

The purpose of providing the notice is to provide an opportunity for people who may be affected by these discretionary decisions an opportunity to register an appeal regarding the proposed construction. Any appeals on the approval are sent to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

How Do I Obtain the Service?

To apply, mail or bring the following items to our office:

  • A copy of the Leave as Built application form 
  • A copy of the compliance letter from Sustainable Development
  • Two copies of a real property report (we do not accept faxed or spliced real property reports) showing:
    1. The location and size of the existing building
    2. Distance from side, rear or front property lines
  • All application fees.
In Person

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

Office Hours: 8am-4:30pm 
Monday to Friday


Urban Planning and Economy
2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4


2023 Rates

Effective January 1, 2023

For a single-detached house, semi-detached house or duplex: $175

For an accessory building (includes garage, carport, shed, gazebo, and uncovered deck): $115

For other development permits (multi-family, commercial, industrial): $400

Contact the City About This Service

Edmonton Service Centre

Contact Development Services Online


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