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Aug 21, 2018
We did it! It is now official, Secondary Suites are now allowed throughout Edmonton in all single family homes, duplexes, semi-detached and, row housing! Thank you to everyone who contacted their Councillor, it made a big difference!
What exactly has changed?
Allow secondary suites in semi-detached and duplex housing wherever these housing forms are allowed.
Allow secondary suites in row housing wherever these housing forms are allowed.
Remove the minimum lot size requirement for secondary suites, creating opportunities for secondary suites on narrow or smaller lots across the city.
Adjust the maximum floor area for secondary suites built above grade, or partially above grade to increase flexibility in interior layout. Overall building size and massing will continue to be regulated through site coverage, setback, and height restrictions. In instances where a proposed secondary suite does not meet the criteria of being subordinate to the principal dwelling, the Development Officer is able to deem these units to be semi-detached, duplex, or stacked row housing development and regulate accordingly.
Aug 15 2018
**NEW** OH&S Legislation
On June 1, 2018, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) introduced new legislation which has raised awareness for both contractor and inspection team responsibilities.
The City of Edmonton has embraced this legislation and are continually striving to improve our services to our industry partners by being consistent and accountable for our team safety on job sites across the city. Read more
July 12, 2018
Now Available Online Permits for Detached Garages & Demolitions
Builders and contractors can now apply for demolition and detached garage permits online. These can be applied for individually or added to a house permit project (including the Expedited Program). Read more
REVISED Footing and Foundation Inspection Process
The refined footing and foundation inspection process was launched on June 22. Builders may have received the response no inspection required when attempting to schedule a footing and foundation inspection online. Read more
REVISED Engineered Floor/Roof Layouts: On-site Approvals
Minor revisions to engineered floor/roof layouts may now be left on site to be reviewed by the field inspector. Read more
Footing and Foundation Inspection Changes
By the end of May, home builders with a proven positive track record will see a reduction in the number of footing and foundation inspections required for their projects. The change is being led by the City of Edmonton's Urban Form Business Transformation Initiative. Read more
Building Permit Applications - New Home Warranty
When completing a building permit application, ensure to submit one of the following pertaining to a New Home Warranty: the Owner-Builder Authorization (warranty exemption letter) from the Owner-Builder Registry or the Warranty document from the New Home Warranty Registry, which displays the warranty registration ID and builder licensing information.
Review the submission requirements for single detached house applications.
If you have any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
Effective June 1, 2018 : OHS Act Revisions
The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act establishes minimum standards for healthy and safe practices in Alberta workplaces. These laws are enforced through inspections, investigations, orders, administrative penalties, fines and prosecutions.
OHS Act Revisions
Expanding our Online Permit Application Options
The City of Edmonton is adding 5 more permit types to the online application service. Read more
NEW Development Permit Inspections Video
The City of Edmonton is proud to introduce a new video to their Developing Edmonton video series: Development Permit Inspections.
Safety Codes, Permits & Inspections - Summer Hours
In an ongoing effort to enhance customer service, Safety Codes Permits & Inspections has established summer hours.
Effective June 11 thru September 28, 2018, Safety Codes Officers will be conducting site inspections between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:30 pm.
No More Combo Permits!
Effective April 6, 2018, the online Single Detached House Permit application process has been changed to allow for separate Development and Building Permits. We talked to City administration about how important it is to have the Development Permit prior to applying for the Building Permit.
Building Permits can now be applied for online at the same time or any time following the Development Permit application.Garden Suite Permit applications can now be made online as well.
Updates to Amenity Area Requirements
On February 26, 2018, New regulations for amenity area were passed. A defined amenity area is no longer required for single and semi-detached homes. Read more
Pre-Application Meeting for Infill and Major Developments
Pre Application Meetings are offered for Major Development Permits and small-scale residential infill development proposals. We have heard from multiple people that these meetings have been very useful. For more information on Pre-Application meetings, visit the City's website or to submit a meeting request, click here.
Implementations of Recent Municipal Government Act Changes in the Zoning Bylaw
The Municipal Government Act (MGA), which governs municipalities’ roles and responsibilities related to development and subdivision, was recently amended. Changes come into effect on May 1, 2018. Summary here: Read more
Residential Construction Guide
The Residential Construction Guide was recently updated with IDEA's help. This is a resource to provide information for residential construction in Edmonton. It has information about permits and consultation. The new guide is now available online for your reference.
There is a new Installation Guide for New Residential Utility Service: standardized installation guide.
Infill Conversation Fairs
The City has opened up registration for the Conversations Fairs on March 14th and March 20th. At these three hour drop-in events, we will be showing you the revised draft actions and will be asking you for your advice on how to improve them before we present them to City Council this summer. These two events will be the final in-person public engagement opportunities for the Evolving Infill project. Folks attending may want to take a look at our previous work building up to this stage in the Ideas to Actions document.
Below are links to the two events. Each link will bring you to a registration page for that specific event:
Conversation Fair - Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Chateau Louis & Conference Centre - 6 - 9 pm; and
Conversation Fair - Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Chateau Louis & Conference Centre - 6 - 9 pm
FREE Insulation and Air Sealing Training
Energy Efficiency Alberta is offering online training for building envelope principles. This training provides the audience information to be proficient in the installation of insulation, vapour barriers, air barriers and sealants from the perspective of a house as a system. This training is seen as beneficial to understand the theory behind key items in the energy code.
For more information, contact Juan Monterrosa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Energuide Compliance Forms-Updated
As of February 13, 2018, a NEW compliance path for Single Family Homes and Semi-detached Homes is available for 9.36 compliance. The application formsfor Prescriptive, Trade-Off and Performance Path have all been updated.
For more information on the application and process, contact Juan Monterrosa at email@example.com
Footing and Foundation Compliance Report
Effective March 5, 2018, the City of Edmonton will be accepting the new Footing and Foundation Compliance Report. This new form will allow FFCR approvals for single family, semi-detached and for row houses up to four units.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org