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Answers to frequently asked questions about the City's secondary suite regulations. 

Development and Building Permits

Are there size, height and parking requirements for secondary suites?

Yes, there are restrictions on secondary and garden suites. With the exception of some speciality zones, secondary suite regulations apply.  

Effective July 2, 2020 minimum on-site parking requirements were removed from the Zoning Bylaw. This means that homeowners can now decide how much parking to provide with their garden suite, based on their own particular needs. For more information, please visit

What other zoning regulations are applicable to secondary suites?

Additional zoning regulations can be read in the Zoning Bylaw.

Part 2 - Special Land Use Provision 
Section 86 - Secondary Suites

How do I know if my house already has permits for existing secondary suites?

The Secondary Suites Registry map lists the locations of all secondary suites within Edmonton. These secondary suites have acquired development and building permits and have been inspected to meet Alberta Safety Code and Fire Code requirements. This map will be updated as the City approves new secondary suites. 

What is the purpose of the registry?

The registry is a search tool that allows Edmontonians to identify safe secondary suites in Edmonton. These suites have obtained necessary permits and been inspected to meet Alberta’s safety code requirements.

Will adding a secondary suite affect my taxes?

Property assessments are based on market value. Renovating a home to create an additional living unit will increase the assessed market value of the home and the taxes. The amount of increase depends on the extent of the renovation. 

Secondary suite rental revenue must also be declared as income to the Canada Revenue Agency. 

Compliance and Enforcement

What happens if I don’t get a permit for my secondary or garden suite?

Any suites that are investigated by the City and found to not have a valid development permit in place are subject to an initial fine of $1000, with subsequent fines for ongoing offences up to $2500. You will then be required to either decommission your suite or apply for permits.

Any Secondary Suite, regardless of construction year, that exists without the required development permit will be charged double the regular application fees.

What is the City doing to address complaints about secondary suites?

If the City receives a complaint about an illegal suite, it will investigate the complaint and if an unpermitted suite is confirmed, the homeowner will be advised of the options: upgrade or decommission the suite.

For More Information

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