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Permit application requirement details for new house projects including Single detached, Semi-detached, Duplex, Garden Suites and Row Houses.


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
  • Zoning of the property
  • Property Lines​ and property dimensions shown and labeled
  • Identification of all streets and lanes abutting the subject site
  • Easements, rights-of-way and/or restrictive covenants
  • Site Depth and Site Width, as measured at Setback of the underlying Zone
  • Setbacks from proposed buildings ​and/or structures dimensioned to all property ​lines
  • Setbacks between buildings​ within the site
  • 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, curb cuts / site access (all dimensioned from the property line)
  • Geodetic elevations of the site, including finished grades, bottom of footings, top of foundation wall, and finished main floor
  • Geodetic elevation taken alongside property lines at 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 existing City-owned trees (include caliper measurements), 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 number, type and approximate sizes of existing and proposed trees and shrubs
  • Provide technical calculations of Site Area and Site Coverage
  • Number of parking spaces, providing depth, width, angle and number of spaces
  • Identify any buildings that are to be demolished as part of the application

Infill Site Documents

These documents are only required if the proposed development is located in a core or mature neighbourhood.

Lot Grading Plan Requirements
  • Includes requirements for Site Plan or Plot Plan
  • Internal or common property drainage swales including design high points, intermediate grade points and the location, height and extent of retaining structures
  • Surface slopes of drainage swales with flow direction arrows
  • Property boundary elevations include proposed and existing elevations, and existing elevations at lot
  • Elevation of City rights-of-way at the discharge ends of the swales
  • Easements, Rights-of-way and/or restrictive covenants related to drainage provisions
  • Lot drainage pattern indicating whether split drainage or through drainage
  • Rear internal swale (if required)
  • Roof drainage provisions roof drain connection or surface discharge of downspouts
  • Foundation drainage connection or surface discharge details

Visit Lot Grading Plan for more information.

Landscaping Plan (Row House only) Requirements
  • Drawings should be min. scale 1:300
  • May be included on the site plan for small developments provided the drawings remain clear and uncluttered
  • Identify existing and proposed Trees, shrubs, flower beds ​and groundcover ​(indicate what is to be added and/or retained)
  • Schedule of existing and proposed plant material required ​(trees and shrubs), ​indicating the Type ​(deciduous, coniferous), Sizes ​(calliper and height), ​and Species ​(common and botanical names)
  • Surface treatment​ for all areas; including parking and walkways
  • Garbage collection facilities​ (screening details showing location, dimensions and materials)
  • Location and Elevation​ of any Fencing, Privacy Screening, retaining walls, and garbage enclosure
  • Amenity Area/Private Outdoor Amenity Area​ (Sec. 46 and 47 of the Zoning Bylaw)
Other Required Documents
Development Permit Notification Sign Requirements
  • Elevation Drawing of the structure without markup is required for the notification sign
  • Acceptable Formats: PDF, JPG or PNG
  • Resolution: minimum 300 DPI
  • Sign Size
    • Recommended Drawing Size for 24x18 sign to display one image: 12”x 8”
    • Recommended Drawing Size for 4’x4’ sign to display more than one image and/or a company logo.: 24”x26”​ (multiple images can be added to this sign, as long as they all fit within the recommended size)
    • Contact information of the contractor, Development Permit applicant and/or landowner

Visit Development Permit Notification Sign Requirements for more details

Abutting Properties Plan
  • Should be prepared by an Alberta Land Surveyor or engineering professional
  • may be provided as a separate plan or as part of the Plot Plan
  • show Setback distance to:
    • foundations of abutting principal structures
    • any fully-enclosed portion of those structures not supported by a foundation (eg. cantilever)
  • where Abutting Lot is vacant, Front Setback shall be deemed to be that of the next Abutting Lot.
Neighbouring Windows Plan
  • Should be prepared by an Alberta Land Surveyor or engineering professional
  • This information shows the Window and amenity area locations of abutting properties are required IF the Interior Side Setback is less than 2 m.
  • 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.
Complete and signed Construction Site Management Acknowledgment Form

Abandoned Wells Confirmation

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, as required by Alberta Energy Regulator Directive 079.

Submit a signed Abandoned Wells Confirmation Form and include a printout of the map(s) used to confirm the absence/presence of abandoned wells.

Architectural Drawings

for Development Permit and Building Permit

Submission Standards

Prepared by a draftsperson, architect or person skillful in technical drawing in ONE combined file

Minimum scale: 1/8"=1'-0" or 1:100 

Preferred scale: 3/16"=1'-0" or 1:75

Metric or imperial units of measurement are acceptable. Be consistent.

Building Elevations (Front, Side, and Rear) Requirements
  • Exterior of all sides of the proposed buildings, including all windows and doors

  • All exterior finishing materials for walls (for example, brick, stucco), roof (for example, asphalt shingle, concrete tile), fascia, soffit, and so on.
  • 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 (ridge)
  • Finished ground level
  • Where Renewable Energy Devices are proposed to be installed on the roof, a roof plan is required identifying the number and layout of the panel
Floor Plan Requirements
  • 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, recommended to be 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 (required only if included in the scope of work)
  • Dimensions of the building (exterior and interior) 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
  • Identification of uses of all rooms and spaces on all floors, such as kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, mechanical room, etc.
  • Interconnected smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm locations
  • Any roof plan or schematic (valleys, venting, roofing, etc.)
  • Rooftop terrace stepbacks from all building facades, if applicable
  • Any proposed secondary suite
Sections and Details Requirements

Associated Development Permit Documents

Applicants can print, complete and attach these documents to 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
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
Development approval and building permit are required before beginning to build any structure.

Footing and Foundation Only Building Permit

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. If a demolition permit is required, it must be issued prior to a footing and foundation permit being issued. 

Construction may not start until the Footing and Foundation Only Building Permit is issued.

New Home Warranty Program

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

New Home Warranty Program Requirements for Building Permit

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

The 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:

  • Owner-builder Authorization (warranty exemption letter) from the Owner-builder Registry, OR
  • Warranty document from the New Home Warranty Registry which displays a valid Builder Licence Class designation. "Licensed developer" class is required for projects where professional involvement is required. Search the provincial registry If any doubt exists about the licence class.

Structural and Engineering Documents

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

Structural and Engineering Documents Requirements for Building Permit
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:

Special systems submission requirements (not necessarily engineer-stamped)
File #3 to be named: “Miscellaneous”

Canadian Construction Materials Centre product approvals, generic design, miscellaneous product sheets. Do not submit entire testing reports unless requested by the plans examiner; only provide 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

Energy Efficiency Information Requirements for Building Permit

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 You can choose one of three options:

For semi-detached and row houses modeled on a unit-by-unit basis, provide a separate file for each of the assembled Energy model report sets, named and in order from lowest to highest address. Provide file(s) assembled in the following order:

  • Reference House report
  • Proposed House report
  • Window list or schedules if not clearly and correctly specified on drawings

Fire Safety Plan

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

Fire Safety Plan Requirements for Building Permit

The building permit office receives the two-part documentation on behalf of Fire Rescue Services, as required under the Alberta Building Code 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 Permit Documents

Alternative Solution Requests and Policies

A variance will be granted if the proposal provides approximately equivalent or greater safety performance with respect to persons and property as that provided for by the Safety Codes Act and the Alberta Building Code 2014.

The building permit office provides Policies for common configurations that require a variance to the Alberta Building Code prescriptive requirements for some proposals.

Provide ONE file for each request titled as follows:

For More Information

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