Additions require both a development and building permit. Some examples of additions include adding a new room, bay window construction, sun room, covered deck or porch development, and attached garages or carports.
Additions that involve mechanical changes also require electrical, heating and ventilation, plumbing, and gas permits.
If your construction changes how you access your property, you will also need a curb crossing permit (contact our office for additional information).
The application and permit approval ensures all home additions meet the City of Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw requirements and building standards. Construction details are assessed and approved based on municipal and provincial regulations.
Inspections are done throughout the project to verify each stage of work has been completed to code.
The standards in the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw regulate how high an addition can be, where it can be built, and the amount of area the building can cover depending on what zoning applies to your property. The zoning regulations apply to a typical RF1 (Single Detached Residential) zoned lot.
Other Zoning Requirements
Residential properties can be zoned differently and can be affected by an overlay schedule. To verify the zoning of a property, either visit our office or do an address search on the Edmonton Maps site to determine what the zoning is for a particular property.
The Alberta Building Code regulates the construction and safety of structures. For any related inquiries contact our office and speak with a Safety Codes Officer.
There are generally four types of building inspections that are required during the construction of an addition. If mechanical work is also involved, separate permits and inspections will be required (see Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Sewer and Water Permit topics).
- Footing and foundation inspection
- Framing inspection
- Insulation and vapour barrier inspection
- Final building inspection
You will need to contact our office to arrange for an inspection after each stage is completed. Please refer to the Safety Codes inspection services webpage for information on booking inspections.