Secondary suite means a second, self-contained dwelling unit that is located within a primary dwelling unit where both dwelling units are registered under the same land title.
Dwelling unit means a townhouse, row house, single or semi-detached home or duplex.
If a homeowner has a secondary suite that was in existence prior to December 31, 2006 they are required to upgrade their suite to meet the Alberta Fire Code STANDATA 97-FCB-031 requirements.
If the City receives a complaint about an illegal suite, it will investigate the complaint and if a suite is confirmed, the homeowner will be advised of the options: upgrade or decommission the suite.
Primary considerations relate to ensuring the existing plumbing and heating systems can support an additional suite, fire prevention and protection in terms of smoke alarms, exit routes, fire separation, and structural requirements like minimum ceiling height and window sizes.