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Includes windows and exterior doors

Do I Need A Permit?

Permits are required for common renovation projects such as:
  • Changing the exterior finish material of a house
  • Adding or changing the size of a window or exterior door
  • Building or finishing a living/recreation room, bedroom or bathroom
  • Repairs due to fire or flood damage
  • Structural changes
Permits are NOT required for maintenance or minor cosmetic upgrades such as:
  • Replacing flooring, painting, installing kitchen cabinets
  • Replacing roof shingles
  • Replacing windows of the same size
  • Replacing the exterior finish of a house with similar materials (e.g. replacing existing vinyl siding with new vinyl siding.)

If adding separate living quarters inside a home see Secondary Suites
For renovations that add floor area (square footage) to a home see Additions
For solar panels or geothermal systems see Renewable Energy Systems

Important Information About Permits

  • Plans for heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas or electrical systems are not reviewed prior to the issuance of permits, as code compliance is verified during inspections. Homeowners and/or contractors are responsible for ensuring that design and construction meet code.
  • Inspections may be required at various stages of your project. Review your building permit conditions to understand when to request inspections.
  • Projects may require both a development permit and a building permit. Separate permits are required for heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas, and electrical work.
Who can apply for permits?

Tips for Planning Your Project

  • Apply online and follow the steps below to prepare your application.
  • CLICK-Before-You-Dig or DIAL-Before-You-Dig: 1-800-242-3447 for no-cost utility marking.
  • Applications are typically processed within 3-4 weeks. Expect longer processing times during peak season (March-August).

Requirements

All Applications

Floor Plans

Floor plans of proposed work are required for all interior renovations, as well as for exterior renovations where windows and doors are being added, removed or changed.

Floor plans are not required for exterior renovations where windows and doors are not changing.

Floor plans of proposed work must include:
  • Location and dimensions of walls, windows and doors
  • Overall dimensions of affected rooms, including stairs
  • Floor-to-ceiling height measurements, including under ducts and beams
  • Use of each room or space
  • Description of construction materials to be used
  • Location of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Floor plans of the existing room layout are also needed where walls are being added, removed or changed.

Drawing Tips:
  • Use graph paper to draw clear and legible diagrams.
  • Metres or feet/inches are accepted. Please use units consistently.

Sample Floor Plan

Energy Efficiency

Homes built with permits applied for after October 31, 2016 are required to be renovated in accordance with Alberta Building Code Section 9.36 for Energy Efficiency.

Homes built with permits applied for up to October 31, 2016 are not required to meet Alberta Building Code Section 9.36, however all proposed construction materials and mechanical components must perform at least as well as existing construction.

Fire Safety Plan

Property owners and contractors each have responsibilities for safety on the work site as well as the safety of the public in the vicinity of the site.

See Fire Safety Planning for Alberta Fire Code requirements for construction sites.

Interior Renovations

Interior Renovations

For projects involving adding or altering the size or location of windows or exterior doors, also see the Exterior Renovations Requirements section below.

Homeowners and/or contractors are responsible for ensuring that designs and construction meet codes. The following items often overlooked:

  • A smoke alarm must be installed in each new bedroom, as well as in the hallway or living space within 5m (16ft) of bedroom door(s). Smoke alarms must be hardwired and interconnected.
  • Homes with a fuel-burning appliance (gas furnace or boiler, gas water heater) and/or an attached garage must have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in each bedroom or in the hallway or living space within 5m (16 ft) of bedroom door(s).
  • Every room intended for sleeping requires either a door leading directly to the exterior or an egress window, and egress window well if applicable.
  • Stairs must have a guard or wall on each side, and a graspable handrail between 865mm (34 inches) and 965mm (38 inches) above the stairs.
  • Every bathroom requires an exhaust fan vented to the exterior of the house, or a heat recovery ventilation system.
  • Provide a minimum 810mm (32 inch) door to each room containing a furnace or boiler.
  • Ensure there is a 600mm (24 inches) clear space in front of all heating appliances and 1 metre (40 inches) clear space in front of any electrical panel for servicing.
  • If an additional kitchen or wet bar is proposed, a plan of the main floor showing stairs and doorways is required with your application. Indicate the intended use of the kitchen or wet bar on the drawing.

If adding separate living quarters, see Secondary Suites.


Structural Changes
  • Engineer-stamped drawings are required if the project includes changes to structural components such as beams, posts supporting beams, load-bearing walls, floors, wall opening enlargement, or foundation walls that cannot be checked in tables in the Alberta Building Code.
  • Applications can be submitted without engineer-stamped drawings, however permit processing will be delayed if it is determined in plans review that engineering is required.

Exterior Renovations

Exterior renovations are any changes to the exterior of a home including:

  • Adding or changing the size of windows or exterior doors
  • Changing the exterior finish materials of a house
  • Non-cosmetic changes to the outside of your home

Projects involving exterior renovations require a site plan and elevation drawings.

Site Plan
A site plan must include:
  • A north arrow
  • Property address
  • Corresponding streets and avenues
  • Dimensions of property lines Location, measurements, and setbacks of proposed and existing buildings and structures
  • Identify applicable caveats, covenants, easements
Drawing Tips:
  • Drawn on a real property report, plot plan, or graph paper.
  • Metres or feet/inches are accepted. Please use units consistently.

Sample Renovation Site Plan

Elevation Drawings
Elevation drawings must:
  • Show existing exterior walls and proposed alterations, including any windows and doors, and their dimensions.
  • Specify finishing materials for walls (e.g., brick, stucco), roof (e.g., asphalt shingle, concrete tile), fascia, soffit, etc.
  • Provide dimensions of:
    • grade to top of finished main floor
    • top of the finished main floor to the eave
    • eave to roof ridge (highest point)
    • see the Zoning Bylaw for definitions and diagrams
  • Provide sufficient detail about the intended changes, the materials involved, methods of installation or construction, and any supporting documentation for materials not found in Alberta Building Code.
Window Location Plan

If your property is located in the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay and your project includes adding or changing a window in a side yard, a window location plan is required.

To determine if your property is located in the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay:

The window location plan must show locations and measurements of existing and proposed windows for your property and your adjacent neighbour’s property.

Submit Your Application

Fees

Most projects require a development permit and a building permit. City staff will determine which permits and fees apply.

Starting work without permit(s) is subject to penalties.

Each application is unique. Typical applications involve the following fees:

Fixed Price Application Fees
Permit Type Permit Fee Safety Codes Fee Total
Development Permit $118.00 - $118.00
Gas Permit $110.00 $4.50 $114.50
Plumbing Permit $110.00 $4.50 $114.50
Heating, Cooling or Ventilation (HVAC) Permit $110.00 $4.50 $114.50

 

 

Building Permit Fee
Construction Value Building Permit Fee Safety Code Fee Total
$0 - $5,000 $110.00 $4.50 $114.50
$5,001 - $10,000 $157.00 $6.28 $163.28
$10,001 - $25,000 $271.00 $10.84 $281.84
$25,001 - $50,000 $503.00 $20.12 $523.12
$50,001 - $100,000 $975.00 $39.00 $1,014.00

 

 

Electrical Permit Fee
Construction Value Electrical Permit Fee Safety Code Fee Total
$0 - $24,000 $146.00 $5.84 $151.84
$24,001 - $80,000 $147.00 - $333(1) $5.88 - $13.32(3) $152.88 - $346.32
$80,001 - $100,00 $334.00 - $571(2) $13.36 - $22.84(3) $347.36 - $560.00

 

(1) Calculated as $68.00 + 0.00334*(Construction Value)
(2) Calculated as $271.00 + 0.00075*(Construction Value)
(3) Calculated as 4% of the permit fee with a minimum of $4.50 and maximum of $560.00

Construction Value: total cost of materials and services.

Construction Value does not include: landscaping, parking lots, sidewalks, furnishings, appliances, interior window coverings, temporary service connections, insurance or bonding, interim financing, permit fees, professional consulting fees, GST.


See 2019 Residential Permits and Fees for more information. Additional fees may apply.
There are several ways to make a payment.

Online Application Checklist
Required For All Applications:
  • Floor plans showing proposed changes
Interior Renovations:
  • Floor plans showing existing layout (if altering a wall)
  • Engineer-stamped drawings (if needed for structural changes)
  • Main floor plan (if adding a kitchen or wet bar)
Exterior Renovations:
  • Site plan
  • Elevation drawings
  • Window location plan (see related section to determine if required)
File Instructions:
  • Name files to describe contents and project address (Example: “Site Plan - 321 45 Street NW")
  • One combined file or multiple files are accepted
  • Ensure the project address is included within every file
In-Person Application Checklist

To apply in person complete the following documents and visit the Edmonton Service Centre located in the Edmonton Tower Building. There are several ways to make a payment.

Required For All Applications:
Interior Renovations:
  • Floor plans showing existing layout (if altering a wall)
  • Engineer-stamped drawings (if needed for structural changes)
  • Main floor plan (if adding a kitchen or wet bar)
Exterior Renovations:
  • Site plan
  • Elevation drawings
  • Window location plan (see related section to determine if required)
File Instructions:
  • Ensure the project address is included on every file

Permit Application Appointments

Submit your completed home improvement application for same day review

After You Apply

Application Processing

City staff will review your application to ensure your project complies with the City of Edmonton Zoning Bylaw and applicable Safety Codes.

Application processing times vary. During peak season (March-August) typical applications are processed within 3-4 weeks. Complex applications may require additional processing time.

Changing Your Application or Permit

Changes to your submitted application may be subject to additional fees. To make changes while your application is in progress Contact Us.

To make changes after your permit has been issued contact the development authority identified on your development permit.


Cancellation And/Or Refund Request Form

Scheduling Your Mandatory Inspections

Inspections may be required at various stages of your project. Review your building permit conditions to understand when to request inspections.

Online Applications: Request your inspection(s) online.

In Person Applications: Call 311 to request your inspection(s).

To learn more visit Safety Codes Inspection Services.

 

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

Contact Us Online 
 
Telephone

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

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