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Building a new home requires several types of permits, including a Development Permit and a Building Permit.

Before you begin, make sure you have reviewed all of the requirements and are ready to submit a complete application with all of the required supporting documents.

Preparing to Apply

Review the Zoning Regulations

Not all residential properties have the same zoning regulations. Your proposed project will need to fit with the zoning regulations of the area where you plan to build.

To confirm a project’s property zoning, use the City of Edmonton’s interactive zoning map.
  1. Go to maps.edmonton.ca
  2. Enter the property’s address in the fields on the left and click ‘Find Address’
  3. The property’s ‘Current Zone’ and ‘Overlays’ will be highlighted.

Things like type of development, lot dimensions, lot area and placement of buildings will all be assessed before your project can be approved, as part of the Development Permit application.

Demolition

If there is an existing house or accessory building, such as a detached garage, on the property to be demolished, you will need to apply for a demolition permit.

Demolition permit application

Applications for Single Detached, Semi-detached and Row Houses

Before submitting your application, ensure you have reviewed the requirements and acquired all required supporting documents.

Application Requirements

For submission details on Single detached, Semi-detached and Row Houses, consult the appropriate application:

Single Detached House Permit 

Semi-Detached House Permit

Row House Permit

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)
Online Application 

Apply
After you have submitted the online Permit application and paid the fee, you will receive confirmation via email with a link to check the status of the application at any time.

Single Detached House Permit - If you are prepared to submit only for a Development Permit, please use the PDF applications above.

Application and Payment Options

Full payment must be made at the time of application.

Fees:  2017 Combined Fee Schedule
Online

Payment can be made online during the application process using Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

In Person/By mail (cheque only):

Edmonton Service Centre
2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW

Edmonton AB
T5J 0J4

Over the phone:

call 780-442-5054

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 required safety codes.

Inspect: Projects must undergo specific inspections to ensure construction is conducted safely.

For more information on the development process, visit edmonton.ca/development.

View application status
Online

Check application status at any time.

See fees owing and pay online using a credit card.

Download approved permit documents.

Submit changes/revisions

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

Development Revisions

Consult the Development Officer to submit changes or revisions.

Building Revisions

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 BPRevisions@edmonton.ca. Review your permit conditions or the 9.36 section of www.edmonton.ca/energycode for ways to resolve Energy Efficiency deviations.

Before You Start Building

You have permission from the City to start building once you have your approved development permit and building permit. However, you may need additional permissions from the City as part of the construction process if you want to close a sidewalk, place a waste bin on the road, or create a new driveway, for example.

Consult the City’s Good Construction Practices to determine what other specialized permits you may need and to find best practices for when your building.

Inspections

Lot Grading Inspections

A Lot Grading Plan is one component of a Development and/or Building Permit approval, and if an approved plan does not exist then a proposed Lot Grading Plan must be submitted as part of the development application. During the construction phase, the owner/project manager must ensure that the site is configured to provide interim control of surface drainage to ensure that adjacent private properties are not impacted by stormwater run-off from the site. At the completion of the proposed development, the applicant must submit a grade certificate to apply for grading approval.

For more information, please visit edmonton.ca/lotgrading

Safety Codes Inspections
Safety Codes inspections are conducted throughout each phase of construction and prior to occupancy.

Inspections allow for proactive and reactive adjustments during construction projects, ensuring minimum code requirements are satisfied.

Every permit holder is responsible for requesting inspections at specific stages of construction. Inspections are completed by City of Edmonton Safety Codes Officers who work to educate builders, tradespeople and citizens, investigate issues, and enforce relevant bylaws, regulations and acts. These expert staff members ensure that construction complies with requirements set out in the Alberta Building Code, National Energy Code and other relevant Codes and Standards.

Required inspections are included in the permit cost. However, additional inspections resulting from deficient work will incur a fee.

For inspections information or booking, visit Safety Codes Inspection Services.

The basic required safety codes inspections are:
Building
  • Footing and Foundation (ready-to-backfill)
  • Framing (with windows and doors installed)
  • Insulation, Air and Vapour Barrier (prior-to-cover)
  • Final (prior to occupant move-in)
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Duct Rough-In (prior to cover)
  • Final
Plumbing & Gas
  • Plumbing and Gas Rough-In (prior-to-cover), above- and/or below-ground
  • Final
Electrical
  • Electrical Service (up to house, from pedestal or pole)
  • Rough-in (prior-to-cover)
  • Final

All inspections for HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and Gas must be successfully completed before the Final Building Inspection will be done.

Development Permit Inspection

Development Permit Inspections are conducted before the end of construction and confirms that new construction is completed in accordance with an approved Development Permit.

Applicants are notified if they require a development permit inspection when they apply for a development permit.

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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