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Secondary suites help provide Edmontonians with a diverse range of housing choices.

Safe, regulated secondary suites help increase the range of housing choices in Edmonton. Ensuring that all neighbourhoods have a range of housing choices is an important part of creating diverse, inclusive and complete communities.

These suites can provide Edmontonians with housing options at a lower cost than other types of rental units, and opportunities to live in a variety of neighbourhoods. They can also act as a mortgage helper for homeowners by providing them with rental income.

What is a Secondary Suite?

A secondary suite is a self-contained dwelling within or attached to a single detached, semi-detached, duplex or row house. It has separate cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities. A secondary suite can be created through the conversion or development of a basement or other interior space. 

Where Are They Allowed?

Secondary suites can be created in most residential zones of the city, although specific development regulations apply. In most low-density residential zones they are considered to be a permitted use, while in other residential zones they are considered to be a discretionary use.

The regulations, including parking requirements, can be read in the Zoning Bylaw.

For More Information

Development and Building Permits
2nd floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0J4


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

TTY 780-944-5555

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