Permits are here for your protection. They’re the result of years of experience, testing and feedback. Having the proper permits will ensure what is being built is safe, and that the appearance and use is consistent with the rest of your neighbourhood.
The correct permits also ensure that development on your property meets the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw and Safety Codes Bylaw requirements as well as the standards of the Alberta Building Code.
Permits and licenses apply to all new and existing households and must be obtained any time a resident or owner:
- Adds a new building or structure to the property (house, gazebo, satellite dish)
- Constructs interior alterations and/or exterior alterations which modify the size of an existing building
- Renovates to create rentable space (secondary suite)
All new structures must conform to the size, height, side yard distances, site coverage and setback standards outlined in the City of Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw. In addition, the structure's building method must adhere to Alberta Building Code standards.
Modifying the Size
All modifications altering the size of a structure, such as a bay window or an addition, must conform to standards outlined in the Zoning Bylaw and the Alberta Building Code.
Alterations and Suites
Structural changes such as finishing a basement or adding or removing walls usually require a building permit. Developing a suite requires both development and building permits.
Structural Changes or Construction Before Permits
Any new construction or alteration made to a structure before permits are obtained will result in double fees for the required permits.