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Construction of a garden suite requires Development and Building permits

Construction or renovation of a garden suite on a single family dwelling lot requires that permits be obtained before you start.

What is a Garden Suite?

Typically, garden suites are single or two-storey structures built in the back yards of single detached homes and must have their own kitchen, bathroom and living space. You may also know them as garage suites, carriage houses, backyard suites or laneway homes.

The Edmonton Zoning Bylaw defines a garden suite as:

An accessory building containing a dwelling, which is located separate from the principal use which is single detached housing, and which may contain a parking area. A garden suite has cooking facilities, food preparation, sleeping and sanitary facilities which are separate from those of the principal dwelling located on the site.

Garden suites can benefit everyone. Learn more about garden suites and the steps you need to take to build one.

Application Process

New garden suite construction
Garden Suite Application Form

After your application has been reviewed and the appropriate permit(s) issued, applicants are required to contact the City of Edmonton at 311 and arrange for inspections. All inspections must be passed before any person can occupy the garden suite.


For new construction and existing garden suites that have been built without permits

Fees are based on the square footage of the building that is being constructed.

2018 Combined Fee Schedule for Garden Suites
Effective January 1, 2018

For renovations to an existing Garden Suite that has already been issued its original Development & Building Permit:‚Äč
Development Permit

Permit Fees may vary depending on the scope of the construction.

Building Permit

Fee will be the total of your Building Permit plus a safety code fee, which is charged on all Building Permits.

2018 rates based on Value of Construction

Effective January 1, 2018

$0 - $5,000

Building Permit Fee: $108
Safety Code Fee: $4.50

$5,001 - $10,000

Building Permit Fee: $155
Safety Code Fee: $6.16

$10,001 - $25,000

Building Permit Fee: $267
Safety Code Fee: $10.65

$25,001 - $50,000

Building Permit Fee: $495
Safety Code Fee: $19.79


Building Permit Fee: $960
Safety Code Fee: $38.39

Over $100,000

Building Permit Fee: $1,869
Safety Code Fee: $74.85

Construction Value includes:
Building Components

All materials used in the construction of the building including all building services, electrical, fire alarm and detection systems, and fire protection equipment.

Plumbing components

Includes fixtures, drainage system, venting systems, water systems or any part thereof.

Electrical components
Heating components

Systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning.

Construction value does NOT include furnishings, rugs, floor coverings, curtains etc.

Waste management

If you are developing a secondary suite, a garage suite or garden suite, you need to know that your Waste Management Services Fee is affected.

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