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Construction of a garden suite requires Development and Building permits

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Construction or renovation of a garden suite on a single family dwelling lot requires that permits be obtained before you start.

What is a Garden Suite?

Typically, garden suites are single or two-storey structures built in the back yards of single detached homes and must have their own kitchen, bathroom and living space. You may also know them 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, and which may contain a parking area. A garden suite has cooking facilities, food preparation, sleeping and sanitary facilities which are separate from those of the principal dwelling located on the site.

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

Register for Online Services
Take advantage of the City’s convenient online services.

If you are not already registered, sign-up so you can access your applications online and the application dashboard where you can:

  • Submit permit applications and documents
  • See fees owing and pay online using credit card
  • Check application status at any time
  • Download approved permit documents for on-site reference by trades and safety codes officers (inspectors)
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.

2020 Garden Suites Fee Schedule
Effective January 1, 2020

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.

2020 rates based on Value of Construction

Effective January 1, 2020 

$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

Consult the Working With Neighbourhoods page for a listing 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.

Changes or Revisions

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

Consult the Development Officer to submit changes to the Development Permit.

Changes to plans after the Building Permit is issued must be approved by the Safety Codes Officer who issued it. Submit changes, revisions and 9.36 Energy Efficiency deviations to Review your permit conditions or the 9.36 section of for ways to resolve Energy Efficiency deviations.

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