No less than 0.9 metres (3 feet) from any other structure on the site.
No less than 0.6 metres (2 feet) from interior side property lines (not a corner site). A minor structure may be located closer to interior side property lines if the height is not greater than 0.4 metres (1.3 feet) above the permitted fence height.
No less than 0.6 metres (2 feet) from the rear property line if the structure exceeds 2.7 metres (8.9 feet) in height. A minor structure may be located at the rear property line if the height is less than 2.7 metres (8.9 feet).
For structures attached to a house or within 0.9 m (3 feet) of a house see Home Additions
Know Before You Buy
Permits are required for kits, packages and pre-assembled structures larger than 10 square metres (108 square feet).
Check to see if your product has Canadian Code approval. Many kits, packages and pre-assembled structures, including fabric-clad vehicle shelters and shipping containers (sea cans) do not meet Safety Codes standards and cannot be issued permits.
Tips for Planning Your Project
Apply online and follow the steps below to prepare your application.
For detailed information regarding detached garage or carport planning and permitting requirements and considerations, please refer to the
Detached Garage Design Guide
Check the following location restrictions to create a correct site plan:
Identify utility lines CLICK-Before-You-Dig or DIAL-Before-You-Dig: 1-800-242-3447 for no-cost utility marking.
Do not obstruct gas meters, bedroom windows, HVAC vents for dryer, furnace, heat recovery ventilation (HRV), etc. Contact ATCO (780-424-5222) with questions about gas services and meters.
Identify overhead utility lines. Contact EPCOR (780-310-4300) with questions concerning clearance from power lines and power pedestals.
Identify restrictive covenants, utility rights-of-way, or easements. Check your construction plot plan, real property report, mortgage papers, talk to your home builder, or request a Search of Records.
Plans for heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas or electrical systems are not reviewed prior to the issuance of permits, as code compliance is verified during inspections. Homeowners and/or contractors are responsible for ensuring that design and construction meet code.
A certified trade contractor is required to apply for heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas, and electrical permits when the home shares a wall, ceiling or floor with a neighbour (duplex, semi-detached, row townhouse, condominium).
All structural, heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas and electrical work must be inspected before installing insulation, drywall, or other coverings.
The energy efficiency requirements of Section 9.36 of the Alberta Building Code do not apply to accessory structures without heating or cooling systems.