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Construction of a garden suite requires Development and Building permits

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A permit is required before beginning construction or renovation of a garden suite.

What is a Garden Suite?

Typically, garden suites are single or two-storey structures built in the back yards of single detached homes, semi-detached homes and row houses, and must have their own kitchen, bathroom and living space. They are also known as garage suites, carriage houses, backyard suites or laneway homes.

The Edmonton Zoning Bylaw defines a garden suite as:

An accessory building containing a dwelling, which is located separate from the principal use which is Single Detached Housing, Semi-detached Housing, or Multi-unit Housing in the form of row housing.

Garden suites can benefit everyone. Learn more about garden suites and the steps you need to take to build one.

Application Process

Application Requirements
For complete submission details for house permits including Single detached, Semi-detached, Duplex, Garden Suites, and Row Houses, consult the application requirements.

Online Application 
Hardcopy Application Forms

New House Permit Application Form

Grants and Funding Opportunity 

The City of Edmonton Secondary Suite and Garden Suite Grant Funding Program is designed to provide funding to assist property owners in constructing a new or upgrading an existing suite. Please visit Grants and funding for Secondary Suite and Garden Suite for more information. 


For new construction and existing garden suites that have been built without permits

Fees are based on the square footage of the building that is being constructed.

2021 Garden Suites Fee Schedule
Effective January 1, 2021

For renovations to an existing Garden Suite that has already been issued its original Development & Building Permit:​
Development Permit

Permit Fees may vary depending on the scope of the construction.

Building Permit

Fee will be the total of your Building Permit plus a safety code fee, which is charged on all Building Permits.

2021 rates based on Value of Construction

Effective January 1, 2021 

$0 - $5,000
Building Permit Fee: $112
Safety Code Fee: $4.50

Building Permit Fee: $160
Safety Code Fee: $6.40

Building Permit Fee: $276
Safety Code Fee: $11.04

Building Permit Fee: $513
Safety Code Fee: $20.52

Building Permit Fee: $994
Safety Code Fee: $39.76

Over $100,000
Building Permit Fee: $1,935
Safety Code Fee: $77.40

Construction Value includes:
Building Components

All materials used in the construction of the building including all building services, electrical, fire alarm and detection systems, and fire protection equipment.

Plumbing components

Includes fixtures, drainage system, venting systems, water systems or any part thereof.

Electrical components
Heating components

Systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning.

Construction value does NOT include furnishings, rugs, floor coverings, curtains etc.

Waste management

If you are developing a secondary suite, a garage suite or garden suite, you need to know that your Waste Management Services Fee is affected.

After You Apply

The Development Process

The basic development process involves the following steps:

Review: City staff will review all development applications and building plans.

Approve/Refuse: Development permits must comply with zoning regulations and building permits must comply with all applicable safety codes.

Construct: You may start building once you have the approved Development Permit and issued Building Permit.

Inspect: Projects must undergo specific inspections to audit construction.

Construction Site Management

Working With Neighbourhoods webpage provides a list of resources and tips for best practices for building. 

Temporary use or crossing of the road right-of-way for demolition, deliveries, and construction requires On-Street Construction and Maintenance (OSCAM) Permits. This is to ensure you are not damaging the boulevard, sidewalk or City-owned trees while you access your site. You should apply for your OSCAM Permit once your Demolition or Building Permit applications have been submitted.

More Information Required

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.


Changes or Revisions

Changes and revisions can be submitted at various stages of the process.

To make changes before a Development Permit or Building Permit is issued, consult with the City staff assigned to your file. 

After a Development Permit or Building Permit is issued, request Permit Revisions in

Submit blower door rest results to

Review your permit conditions or the 9.36 section of for ways to resolve Energy Efficiency deviations.

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