A secondary suite is a self-contained dwelling 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. Prior to developing a secondary suite you must determining if your project requires a development permit (see Step One below) and apply for a building permit (See Step Two below).
Secondary Suite Development
- Secondary suites can be considered in all residential and commercial land use districts provided the requirements of the land use bylaw are met.
- In some instances, a development permit may be required. This process can take up to 6-8 weeks.
- Safety codes permits are required (building, plumbing, electrical, gas) and the suite must meet Alberta Building Code requirements for minimum safety standards. If a development permit is required, the safety codes permits will not be issued until after a valid development permit has been issued.
- Please refer to the Safety Codes – Secondary Suite Development Guidelines
- Your secondary suite project may be eligible for a grant under the Secondary Suite and Accessory Dwelling Unit Grant Program. Please visit the program webpage to review eligibility and application requirements.
A development permit may be required before a building permit can be issued for your project. Please contact Planning Services to determine if a development permit is required for your secondary suite project.
To receive a timely decision on your application, please ensure that your application is clear, legible and accurate. In your application, you need to include the following:
- Completed Application Form and Credit Card Authorization Form
- A Site Plan or Real Property Report (all parking on site must be indicated)
- Identification of all caveats, covenants, easements
- Location of existing and proposed accesses to the site
- Location of proposed and existing buildings/structures
- Dimensions of the site (property lines)
- Corresponding street and avenue
- A north arrow
- Floor Plans – including the main floor plan and the floor plan where the secondary suite is being constructed
- The size of the building (dimensions and square footage)
- Room layouts indicating size, uses and location of walls, doorways and windows (include all sizes)
- Floor to ceiling height
- Location of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors which must be hard wired
- Elevation Plans
- Showing all sides of the building (proposed and existing)
- The building height (distances from peak to mid-roofline and to main floor)
- Exterior finishing alterations, materials and colours
- Showing all windows and doors
- Pictures of the outside of the house (all sides)
- For any exterior alterations, also submit elevation plans and construction details
- List of Contractors (if not the homeowner)
- Construction Details
- Cross section showing all materials used for structure
- Wall/floor/roof assembly details
- Foundation plans and construction specifications
Approved building permits will be emailed to the applicant. An inspection will be required once the framing and electrical rough-in, plumbing and gas rough-ins are complete, prior to insulation or drywall being hung.