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Applications can be submitted online, in-person at the Edmonton Service Centre, or by mail. Applications missing any required plans, documents and details will not be accepted.


Plot Plan

Plot Plan to be prepared by an Alberta Land Surveyor with a preferred scale of 1:300.

Note: Minimum scale: 1:500 on legal size paper

Plot Plan Requirements
  • Municipal address and legal description
  • North arrow, scale and date of preparation
  • Dimensions of the site, measured along property lines
  • Easements, rights-of-way and/or restrictive covenants
  • Site Depth and Site Width, as measured at Setback of the underlying Zone
  • Dimensions (closest distance), location and distance to property lines of all existing and proposed structures including air conditioners, cantilevers and overhangs
  • Dimensions and location of existing and proposed accesses to the site, show driveways and any walkway in front yard
  • Geodetic elevations of finished grades, bottom of footings, top of foundation wall, finished main floor
  • Geodetic elevation at property lines a distance equal to the Front Setback where a walkout basement is proposed
  • Off-site detail - from the property line to the roadway or lane (within the boulevard) such as trees, curb cuts, street furniture including lights, fire hydrants, signs, mailboxes, above-ground utilities
  • Identification of the required landscaping, preserved landscaping and proposed ground cover
  • Provide technical calculations of Site Area and Site Coverage

Infill Site Documents

These documents are only required if the proposed development is located in a core, mature or established neighbourhood, also called an infill site.

For Development Permits in Select Neighbourhoods
  • Lot Grading Plan
  • Construction Site Management Acknowledgment
  • Development Permit Notification Sign Requirements
  • Abutting Properties Plan  Sample
    prepared by an Alberta Land Surveyor or engineering professional
    • The Abutting Properties Plan shows the setback to the foundations of the abutting principal structure(s). Also provide setback distance to any fully-enclosed portion of the structure not supported by a foundation (eg. cantilever).
  • Window and Amenity Area Locations on Abutting Properties  Sample
    where Interior Side Setback is less than 2m
  • The location of existing adjacent window and amenity areas can be provided on the side elevation plans with supplemental information in the form of photographs, aerial photo or site plan.

Abandoned Wells

Required if any proposed development for a new building, or an addition to or alteration of an existing building will result in the building being larger than 47 sq. m or 506 sq. ft.

Abandoned Wells Confirmation

Any proposed construction, addition or alteration resulting in a building area (footprint) greater than 47 sq. m (506 sq. ft) requires that an abandoned wells confirmation be provided, per Alberta Energy Regulator Directive 079.

Include a printout of the map(s) used to confirm the absence/presence of abandoned wells.

Additional Development Documents

Applicants can print, complete and attach these documentsto their application, if necessary.

Forms and Permit Applications
Development Waiver Form

The Development Waiver Form is an optional request, where a complete Building Permit submission has been made, to advance the application to Codes review while the project is on Development Permit Notices.  In submitting this signed form, the applicant acknowledges the waiver is NOT permission to start building.

Existing structure demolition: print, complete and attach

Application for Development Permit and Building Permit for Demolition
Note: Development approval and demolition permit are required before demolishing any structure.

New garage/accessory structure: print, complete and attach

Application For Development Permit and Building Permit For Detached Garage
Note: Development approval and building permit are required before beginning to build any structure.

Architectural Drawings

Submission Standards

Prepared by a draftsperson, architect or person skillful in technical drawing
Minimum scale: 1/8”=1’-0” or 1:100 
Preferred scale: 3/16"=1’-0" or 1:75

Either metric or imperial units of measurement are acceptable; please be consistent

For Development Permit and Building Permit Processing

Provide ONE combined file in preferred order: elevations, floor plans, roof plan, sections, details

Alternative order: floor plans, roof plan, elevations, sections, details

Elevations indicating
  • All sides of the house, exterior finishing materials of all walls, roofs and decks, and any solar panel proposals

  • Building height from the top of the finished main floor to mid-point of the roof and from the top of the finished main floor to the highest point of the roof
Floor plans indicating
  • Plan views of all levels, in the following order
    • Main
    • Upper level(s)
    • Foundation level, showing
      • Radon mitigation rough-in with its clearly labeled termination located to facilitate future completion to exterior, for example, not under/too close to stairs or appliances. Consult Soil Gas Vent Termination guidance if voluntary completion of the required rough-in system is desired.
      • Any foundation drain (weeping tile) sump location, with air-tight access lid.
      • Floor drain(s),  and any plumbing rough-in of drains for future development.
    • Basement development plan if included in scope of work; otherwise do not include
  • Any roof plan or schematic (valleys, venting, roofing, etc)
  • Any proposed secondary suite (currently only within a Single Detached House)
  • Use of all rooms/spaces, such as cooking facilities, kitchens, wet bars, storage, sleeping rooms, and other uses
  • Interconnected smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm locations
  • Dimensions of the house, and dimensions and area of each floor level
  • Total of all floor areas, not including basement level or attached garage
  • Location and dimensions of all walls, doors and windows, and indication of each sleeping room egress window/window well as applicable
  • Rooftop terrace stepbacks from all building facades, if applicable
  • Roof, wall and floor assemblies clearly labeled to correspond to the current Prescriptive Path Compliance Checklist assembly details or Performance Path Edmonton Summary assembly details
Sections and details indicating
  • Sections through the highest roof structure and other locations as needed to clarify construction including headroom under roofs of half-storeys.
  • Building height from the top of the finished main floor to mid-point of the roof and from the top of the finished main floor to the highest point of the roof.
  • Fully-labeled sections of all assemblies forming floors, walls, roofs including assemblies corresponding to ABC 9.36 Energy Efficiency Prescriptive Path Compliance Checklist details (including any trade-offs) or Performance Path Summary details. Include any proposed decks.
  • Clearly-defined position of air barrier on the assembly details.
  • Effective thermal resistance (ETR) calculations for all proposed above-ground AND below grade/in-ground-contact opaque assemblies, in Metric RSI.  Indicate per layer for a prescriptive path project, or may be shown as total ETR only for the performance path only. Ensure any unheated attached garage minimum required insulation is shown. Show source(s) used to generate the ETR values, such as the ABC A-9.36.2; Natural Resources Canada ERT Calculation Tables; Canadian Wood Council Thermal Design Calculator; ASHRAE tables; or other sources.  (Conversion factor: RSI x 5.678 = Imperial R value)

Footing and Foundation

Optional Request
Application For Footing and Foundation ONLY Building Permit

This is an optional request for an expedited building permit for construction of the foundation and main floor deck of the project. The permit holder assumes all risks, as the final Building Permit for the project has not yet been issued. The foundation location may affect house wall assembly and window location decisions.

If any information is missing or incorrect, the Footing and Foundation ONLY Building Permit will not be processed on this expedited basis.
Construction may not start until the Footing and Foundation ONLY Building Permit is issued.

New Home Warranty

Since February 1, 2014, every new home built in Alberta is protected under warranty.

For Building Permit Processing

Provincial Builder Licensing applies to application for building permit for any project requiring New Home Warranty coverage as of December 1, 2017.

Provincial New Home Buyer Protection Act requires either:

Valid Owner-Builder Authorization -OR-  New Home Warranty Confirmation to be submitted before any Building Permit can be issued.

Do not submit the warranty application, application receipts, or the RF number only.

Provide one of the following, or indicate status as “Pending” and provide to plans examiner when ready.

- OR -

  • Warranty document from the New Home Warranty Registry which displays a valid Builder Licence Class designation. The Licensed General Contractor and Licensed Developer Class is not valid for this project

- OR -

Structural and Engineering Documents

Provide three separate PDF document files, each named and assembled as outlined below.

File Name and Document Requirements

For Building Permit Processing

Provide three separate PDF document files, each named and assembled as follows:

File #1 to be named: “Engineered  layouts”

Provide ONE combined file, assembled in the following order:

File #2 to be named: “Site-specific engineering”

Engineer-stamped designs must be by an Alberta-registered engineer
Provide one combined file, assembled in the following order:

Foundation
Above-ground
  • tall walls exceeding ABC framed wall height limits; as an alternative to site-specific engineering, AHITC guidelines may be submitted with the applicable construction details for the project clearly highlighted in the guidelines and shown on drawings
  • bearing wall mechanical space reinforcement design
  • professional letters of responsibility for speciality cladding systems (e.g., acrylic stucco, manufactured stone) not found in ABC and without CCMC approvals
  • uncommon house-building materials not found in ABC and without CCMC approvals such as: steel, precast concrete, bale, SIPs, concrete floors above floor-on-ground
  • lumber joists and cantilevers exceeding ABC limits and not found in the CWC “2009 Span Book
Special systems submission requirements (not necessarily engineer-stamped)
File #3 to be named: “Miscellaneous”

CCMC product approvals, generic design, miscellaneous product sheets

Do not submit entire testing reports unless requested by plans examiner; only approval sheets.

Provide one combined file, assembled in the following order:

Energy Efficiency

City of Edmonton Energy Code requirements and background information is available at edmonton.ca/energycode.

Checklist and Details

Background information is under “Alberta Building Code 9.36 (ABC 9.36)” in edmonton.ca/energycode.

Completeness and quality of a submission are the main causes of delay in permit processing. Applicants who are unable to demonstrate compliant construction intention through proper completion of the 9.36 checklist part of the application should engage a knowledgeable designer or energy advisor.

For additional background and resources, see also provincial government, federal government, or search established trade and industry sources such as Bild--Alberta Codes.   

Coordination between applicant, designer, constructor, and energy modeler for a Performance Path project is essential to successful plans exam, construction and inspections.

Current paper Application Checklist, Trade-Off Calculator tool and Edmonton Performance Summary for Energy Advisor are under the tab  “Alberta Building Code (ABC 9.36)” of edmonton.ca/energycode.

Provide ONE combined file, assembled in the following order:

Reference House, then Proposed House, then any provided window/door schedule.

Fire Safety Plan

Download, review, complete and attach the following documents to your application.

Alberta Fire Code for Building Permit Processing

The building permit office receives the two-part documentation on behalf of FRS, per ABC Part 8.

Download, review, complete and attach the following as demonstration of intention to comply with Alberta Fire Code fire safety requirements on the construction site.

Provide ONE combined file containing:

Additional Building Documents

May Be Required For Building Permit Processing

A variance provides approximately equivalent or greater safety performance with respect to persons and property as that provided for by the Safety Codes Act and the ABC 2014.

The building permit office will consider a request, in preferred format, for variance to ABC prescriptive requirements for the following proposals.

Provide ONE file for each Request for Specific Variance, titled as follows:

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

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

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

Telephone

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

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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