Construction of a garden suite or secondary suite requires development and building permits be applied for before construction begins.
Depending on whether you are building a secondary suite (built within the home), or a garden suite (built as a separate building from the house and which may contain a garage), different zoning regulations and application processes apply.
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 permitted uses, while in other residential zones, they are considered to be discretionary uses.
Garden suites are allowed only on a discretionary basis under the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw, and only in specific locations within most residential zones.
Permitted and Discretionary Uses
A Permitted Use means the proposed construction must be approved as long as it meets all of the zoning bylaw requirements.
A Discretionary Use means the proposed construction may be approved at the discretion of the Development Officer. The approval of a Discretionary Use is subject to a notification process in which a public notice with the application details is placed in the paper and sent to all property owners within 60 meters (200 feet) of the property.
The purpose of providing the notification to these parties 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 or use of that property.