A self-contained dwelling unit within the main residence that has separate living, sleeping, cooking and bathroom facilities. These are commonly referred to as basement suites or in-law suites. A permit process exists if you are planning on developing a secondary suite. Please contact Planning Services at 403-995-2760 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether your house is zoned correctly. A development permit and a building permit must be obtained prior to construction of a secondary suite.
It’s important to ensure suite development respects the nature and density of the neighbourhood and doesn’t result in the creation of duplexes where only secondary, studio (e.g. ‘bachelor’) suites are intended. Regulations exist to minimize impacts of the suite on other, surrounding properties and to provide for the development of safe living spaces. It’s easier, less expensive and less stressful to develop the suite with the required Development and Safety Code Permits, in compliance with land use and safety codes requirements.
Please refer to Secondary Suite Development Guidelines.
There are many benefits involved in making an existing suite legal. The building permit application process required to legalize a suite ensures that the Alberta Building Code is met and all safety issues comply.
Consequences Involved When No Permit Obtained
Enforcement action or stop work order issued by the Town of Okotoks inspector
Fines for building without a permit
Undo and redo work that has been completed potentially increasing your budget significantly
Future legal and financial issues when you sell your property or make an insurance claim
Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the work being carried out conforms to any restrictive covenants, caveats or other restrictions that are registered at land titles.