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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).

Design Requirements

General Design Requirements

Homeowners and/or contractors are responsible for ensuring that designs and construction meet building codes. Please make sure to also include the following items:

  • Smoke alarms must be installed in each new bedroom and 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).
  • All bedrooms require either a door leading directly outside or an exit window.
  • Stairs must have a guard or wall on each side and a handrail between 865mm (34 inches) and 1070mm(42 inches) above the stairs.
  • Every bathroom requires an exhaust fan vented to the exterior of the house, or a heat recovery ventilation system.
  • All heating appliances must have 600mm (24 inches) clear space in front and electrical panels for servicing must have 1 metre (40 inches) clear space in front.
  • If an additional kitchen or wet bar is proposed, a main floor plan showing stairs and doorways is required with your application. 
     
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 the existing construction.

Fire Safety Plan

Home owners and contractors each have responsibilities for safety on the work site as well as the safety of the public near the site. 

Alberta Fire Code requirements for construction sites can be found on the Fire Safety Planning website.

Application Requirements

For Interior Renovations

Interior renovations are any changes to the inside of a home including:

  • Building or finishing a living room, bedroom, or bathroom
  • Finishing a basement

Projects involving interior renovations require a floor plan and may require engineer stamped drawings.

Floor Plans

A detailed floor plan of the renovation proposal is required to make sure the application follows the zoning bylaw and building code requirements.

The floor plan of proposed renovation must include:

  • Property address
  • The layout of the renovation area includes stairs, doors, and windows.
  • Room labels (eg. bedroom,bathroom, living room, storage, etc.)
  • Bedroom window labels including dimensions and window style (eg. awning windows, sliders, basement hopper windows, etc) . 
  • The layout of the existing room (Required if you are adding, removing, or changing the walls) 

Sample Floor Plan - Hand Drawn

Structural and Engineering Documents (required if you are making changes to the structural components)

If there are changes to the structure of the house (beams, posts supporting beams, load-bearing walls, floors, wall opening enlargement or new openings in foundation walls), engineer stamped drawings are required.

For Exterior Renovations

Exterior renovations are changes to the outside of home:

  • Adding/changing the size of windows or doors
  • Changing the exterior finish materials of a house 

Exterior renovations require a site plan and elevation drawings in addition to the floor plans.

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.
Floor Plan

Projects involving exterior renovations where windows and doors are being added, removed or changed require a floor plan in addition to the site plan and elevation drawings

Note: Floor plans are not required if you are not changing windows and doors on the exterior of your home.

See above floor plan requirements.  
 

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 $120 - $120
Gas Permit $112 $4.50 $116.50
Plumbing Permit $112 $4.50 $116.50
Heating, Cooling or Ventilation (HVAC) Permit $112 $4.50 $116.50

 

Building Permit Fee
Construction Value Building Permit Fee Safety Code Fee Total
$0 - $5,000 $112 $4.50 $116.50
$5,001 - $10,000 $160 $6.40 $166.40
$10,001 - $25,000 $276 $11.04 $287.04
$25,001 - $50,000 $513 $20.52 $523.52
$50,001 - $100,000 $994 $39.76 $1,033.76
Over $100,000 $1,935 $77.40 $2012.40

 

Electrical Permit Fee
Construction Value Electrical Permit Fee Safety Code Fee Total
$0 - $24,000 $149 $5.84 $151.84
$24,001 - $80,000 $150.60 - $341(1) $6.02 - $13.64(3) $156.62 - $354.64
$80,001 - $400,000 $336.80 - $580(2) $13.47 - $23.20(3) $350.27 - $603.20

 

(1) Calculated as $69 + 0.00340*(Construction Value)
(2) Calculated as $276 + 0.00076*(Construction Value)
(3) Calculated as 4% of the permit fee with a minimum of $4.50 and maximum of $560

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 the 2021 Residential Permits and Fees for more information. Additional fees may apply.
There are several ways to make a payment.

Online Application Checklist
Interior Renovations:
  • Floor Plan — showing the proposed layout 

Additional documents required for specific cases: 

  • Floor Plan — showing the existing layout (for adding/changing the walls) 
  • Engineer-stamped Drawings (for making changes to the structural components) 
  • Main Floor Plan (for adding a kitchen or wet bar)
Exterior Renovations:
  • Site Plan 
  • Elevation Drawings
  • Floor Plan — showing the proposed layout (for adding/changing the exterior windows and doors)

Additional documents required for specific cases: 

  • Window Location Plan (For adding/changing windows in the side yard and your house is located in the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay)
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 Plan — showing the proposed layout 

Additional documents required for specific cases: 

  • Floor Plan — showing the existing layout (for adding/changing the walls) 
  • Engineer-stamped Drawings (for making changes to the structural components) 
  • Main Floor Plan (for adding a kitchen or wet bar)
Exterior Renovations:
  • Site Plan 
  • Elevation Drawings
  • Floor Plan — showing the proposed layout (for adding/changing the exterior windows and doors)

Additional documents required for specific cases: 

  • Window Location Plan (For adding/changing windows in the side yard and your house is located in the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay)
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. 

See up-to-date processing times for building permits and inspections

City staff may request additional information at various stages of the Development Permit and Building Permit process. To learn how to reply to a more information request in selfserve.edmonton.ca, see the More Information Requested (MIR) Guide.

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:
Temporarily Closed

Contact Us Online 
 
Telephone

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

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