A local improvement can be initiated by the City of Edmonton based on an infrastructure assessment and the need for repairs or replacement. Alternatively, it can be initiated by property owners who wish to have improvements carried out near or adjacent to their property. This is done formally via an Expression of Interest (EOI), where it must be proven that majority support of property owners (from a simple majority to 2/3 support, depending on the type of local improvement) in order for the Local Improvement to move forward.
Specific procedures and timelines vary depending upon the type of local improvement. The City mails such details to property owners in a Local Improvement Notice. Once the notice is issued, residents have 30 days to petition against the local improvement. A majority of the affected residents need to sign the petition in order to defeat the local improvement. A valid petition must include the signature of all titled owners, and the titled owner signature must be witnessed and the witness must swear an affidavit before a Commissioner of Oaths.