All proposals for new or existing suites must conform to the Zoning Bylaw and the Alberta Building Code and Fire Code.
The Building Code applies in the following situations:
- A new dwelling unit with a secondary suite included at the time of construction
- An existing dwelling unit with an unfinished space being converted to a secondary suite
- An existing dwelling unit with a finished space being converted to a secondary suite
For questions on Building Code requirements, please call 311 (within Edmonton) or 780-442-5311 (outside of Edmonton) and ask for a Building Technical Advisor.
The Fire Code applies to all secondary or garden suites in existence before December 31, 2006. Only existing, unpermitted suites built before December 31, 2006 will be considered under the Alberta Fire Code. Those built after December 31, 2006 must be upgraded to meet the Alberta Building Code.
For questions on Fire Code inquiries on existing secondary suites call Fire Prevention at 780-496-3628 or visit the Fire Prevention Secondary Suites page.
For online information on Building and Fire Code amendments please visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.