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A Development Permit and a Building Permit are required to demolish a building. Demolition is the complete removal of a structure from a site. Apply for Exterior Alteration Permits for partial building removal, such as tearing off an old attached garage or porch.

Do I Need A Permit?

Permits are required for demolition projects such as:

  • Demolition of a house building
  • Demolition of a detached garage
  • Demolition of an accessory structure (greater than 10 sq m) or swimming pool

A Development Permit and Building Permit for demolition are required for each house, however, all other structures and improvements on that property may be listed on the permits and demolished at the same time.

Tips for Planning Your Project

Heritage Properties: Property listed on the Inventory of Historic Resources in Edmonton will require submission of additional information; see Zoning Bylaw Section 14.12 — Municipal Historic Evaluation. All proposed demolitions of buildings on the Inventory are vetted through the Heritage Conservation Unit prior to the issuance of the Development Permit. This process involves contact with City Council to determine if the City will intervene to formally protect the building from demolition. Contact for more information.

Development Permit Notification Signs: The notification signs are mandatory for the demolition of residential structures in mature and established neighbourhoods; excluding accessory structures (sheds/garages) in the rear yard that are not visible from the street. 
Installation instructions will be provided to you once a Development Permit approval is granted. See the for additional information on onsite signage.

Utility Location: Even small excavations can lead to unintended consequences!  Alberta One-Call or 1-800-242-3447 provides a no-fee utility line marking service.

Natural Gas Service Line Management: A charged natural gas line struck during demolition may cause inconvenience and/or serious harm to persons and property. Demolition permit issuance follows primary line cutback confirmation, if applicable, by ATCO Gas. Arrangements for disconnect can take time so do not delay contacting them.

Do not confuse meter removal with a confirmed cutback of a utility line.

Secondary gas lines (For example, between house and detached garage) must be properly managed; these are usually not ATCO property or responsibility. Contact a gasfitter or search ‘Edmonton utility locate service’ for private line location and disconnection.

Asbestos Management: Anyone demolishing a building shall first ensure that any asbestos-containing materials with the potential to release fibres have been dealt with as per Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations. OHS provides guidance and administers oversight of asbestos remediation. Except for:

  • Detached garages, carports or accessory structures built entirely of wood, metal or plastic with NO interior wall covering, cavity or attic fill, and NO exterior stucco or brick cladding (attach an interior and exterior photo to the application), and

  • Structures built after 1990

Arrangements for bulk sampling and asbestos removal can take time, so contact a consultant early in the planning process. Demolition Permit will not be issued until  every structure to be demolished is determined to be clear of asbestos.

Residential Construction Guide: We recommend you review the guide. Considerate construction requires a conscious effort in applying precautionary measures and establishing communication with surrounding residents. Strong communication and construction management should improve relationships with neighbours and the City, reducing risk of fines and "stop work" orders being issued.

Construction Site Management Practices: As outlined in the Construction Site Management Practices Acknowledgement form, builders are responsible for ensuring a safe workplace and following the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code. Also, if the intention is to continue directly from demolition to excavation for a new foundation (under separate permits for new construction) and site space-limitations rule out excavating per OHS requirements, an engineer-designed shoring system must be installed to contain the work within the site boundaries if extending the excavation onto an adjacent property is not expressly permitted by that property’s owner.  Provide a copy of the engineer-stamped shoring design with the related building permit application.

Use of road right-of-way and public land-roadway, boulevard, sidewalk, alley or park lands for your project materials, equipment or temporary curb crossing access may only occur with approval through the Roadways Operations OSCAM office.

As per Alberta Building Code, it is the building permit holder’s and property owner’s obligation to ensure measures are in place for the protection of persons on or about the work site. A strongly-constructed fence at least 1.8 m high must be set up around the site perimeter, with gate(s) locked closed when the site is not active, to secure it if the demolition takes more than one day, if all debris is not yet cleaned up, or if excavation for new construction follows the demolition and the ground is not roughly levelled so as not to accumulate water. 

Fire Safety Plan: We recommend you review Fire Code-mandated Fire Safety Planning For Construction, Renovation and Demolition Sites, and more specifically Small Building Evacuation Plan.

Step 1: Requirements for Demolition Permit

Site Plan or Aerial Photo
A site plan should:
  • Preferably be drawn on a real property report, plot plan, or graph paper
A site plan must include:
  • North arrow
  • Property address
  • Corresponding streets and avenues
  • Dimensions of property lines​
  • Location, measurements, and setbacks of proposed and existing buildings and structures
  • Identify applicable caveats, covenants, easements

The structure must be highlighted on the aerial photo (Google Maps, Edmonton Maps, and so on) or site plan by an arrow "→" or cross "X".

Sample Site Plan/Plot Plan

Step 2: Submit Your Application


Each application is unique. Typical demolition applications involve the following fees:

2021 Standard Application Fees
Development Permit Fee $89
Building Permit Fee $112
Safety Codes Fee $4.50
Total Permit Fee $205.50


Additional fees may apply. See the 2021 Residential Permits and Fees for more information.

Online Application Checklist


  • Site Plan (See Step 1)
  • Consultant Letter for Asbestos Management (if required)

File Instructions:

  • Name files to describe contents and project address (Example: "Site Plan - 321 45 Street NW")
  • One combined file or multiple files are accepted
  • Ensure the project address is included within every file  
In-Person Application Checklist

To apply in person complete the following documents and visit the Edmonton Service Centre located in the Edmonton Tower Building. There are several ways to make a payment.

Required For All Applications:

Required For Mature and Established Neighbourhoods:

File Instructions:

  • Ensure the project address is included on every file
  • Do not include personal information on site plans or drawings

After You Apply

Application Processing

City staff will review your application to ensure your project complies with the City of Edmonton Zoning Bylaw and applicable Safety Codes.

See up-to-date processing times for building permits and inspections.

City staff may request additional information at various stages of the Development Permit and Building Permit process. To learn how to reply to a more information request in, see the More Information Requested (MIR) Guide

Changing Your Application or Permit

Changes to your submitted application may be subject to additional fees. To make changes while your application is in progress, contact Development Services. To make changes after your permit has been issued contact the Permit Issuer identified on your permit.

Scheduling Your Mandatory Inspection

Schedule your inspection online after demolition is complete.

Online Applications: Request your inspection online.

In Person Applications: Call 311 to request your inspection once the demolition has been completed.

To learn more visit Safety Codes Inspection Services.

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4
Hours of Operation:
Temporarily Closed

Contact Us Online 

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

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