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Alley Reconstruction is a property owner initiated local improvement. 

Process

To initiate the Expression of Interest process for alley reconstruction, please contact the City's Local Improvement office at 780-944-7663 or localimprovement@edmonton.ca. Signatures are required from at least 50% + 1 of the property owners adjacent to the alley, proving majority support to have the work completed and share the construction costs.

The City then mails details to all affected property owners in a Local Improvement Notice. Once the notice is issued, property owners have 30 days to petition against the local improvement. A majority of the affected property owners need to sign the petition in order to defeat the local improvement.
 

Applications must be received by August 1, and completed Expression of Interest forms submitted no later than September 1 for construction the next year.

Fees

Residential and commercial alley reconstruction rates are set on a yearly basis in consideration of construction market prices and interest rates, however, once the assessment is processed, the rates will not fluctuate throughout the payment period.

The City does not fund or subsidize this local improvement. Property owners are responsible for 100% of applicable costs.

Assessment

Alley reconstruction must be completed along the entire length of the alley, not just the portion behind an individual property, and properties on both sides of the proposed alley reconstruction will be assessed. This is why the agreement of the majority of property owners whose properties are adjacent to the alley is required.

Corner properties that have 2 abutting alleys, one at the back and another at the side, will be assessed using the alley reconstruction rates for the full length of the shorter side of the lot, and 15 percent of the length of the longer side.

2019 Rates

Lump Sum Payment (example)

Residential Property

Width of residential property backing onto the alley (in metres) 15.00
Construction rate per metre $246.25
Total construction costs $3693.75

 

Commercial Property

Width of commercial property backing onto the alley (in metres) 15.00
Construction rate per metre $292.19
Total construction costs $4382.85

Yearly Cost (example)

Residential Property

Width of residential property backing onto the alley (in metres) 15.00
Amortized construction rate per metre $29.87
Annual construction costs (per year for 10 years) $448.05
Total construction costs $4480.50

 

Commercial Property

Width of residential property backing onto the alley (in metres) 15.00
Amortized construction rate per metre $34.73
Annual construction costs (per year for 10 years) $520.95
Total construction costs $5209.50

Alley Renewal

Alley reconstruction is separate from the City initiated Alley Renewal program. Alley Renewal aims to improve the conditions of alleys across the City over the next 25 years. This program will be funded by a citywide Neighbourhood Renewal Property Tax Levy.

Please be advised that although property owners may choose to have their alley reconstructed ahead of the Alley Renewal Program by initiating the Alley Reconstruction Local Improvement process at their cost, this would not exempt owners from property taxes associated with funding the Alley Renewal Program.

For More Information

Local Improvement

Telephone

780-944-7663

Email localimprovement@edmonton.ca

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