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 submit the below online form 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.