Tips for Planning Your Project
Heritage Properties: Property listed on the Inventory of Historic Resources in Edmonton will require submission of additional information; see Zoning Bylaw Section 14.12 — Municipal Historic Evaluation. All proposed demolitions of buildings on the Inventory are vetted through the Heritage Conservation Unit prior to the issuance of the Development Permit. This process involves contact with City Council to determine if the City will intervene to formally protect the building from demolition. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Development Permit Notification Signs: Notification signs are mandatory for the demolition of residential structures in mature and established neighbourhoods, except accessory structures (sheds/garages) in the rear yard that are not visible from the street.
Sign installation instructions will be provided to you once a Development Permit approval is granted. See
Infill Signage Requirements
for additional information on onsite signage.
Utility Location: Even small excavations can lead to unintended consequences! Click-Before-You-Dig or 1-800-242-3447 provides a no-fee utility line marking service.
Natural Gas Service Line Management: A charged natural gas line struck during demolition may cause inconvenience and/or serious harm to persons and property. Demolition permit issuance follows primary line cutback confirmation, if applicable, by ATCO Gas. Arrangements for disconnect can take time so do not delay contacting them.
- For any disconnect/cutback request, apply online to ATCO
- Cost of disconnect is determined by ATCO
- The job completion date is the later of approximately 20 business days after a finalized contract or site-ready date
- Contact ATCO’s service applications department at 780-420-7278 with questions
- Do not confuse meter removal with a confirmed cutback of a utility line
Secondary gas lines (like those between a house and detached garage) must be properly managed; these are usually not ATCO property or responsibility. Contact a gasfitter or search ‘Edmonton utility locate service’ for private line location and disconnection.
Asbestos Management: Anyone demolishing a building shall first ensure that any asbestos-containing materials with the potential to release fibres have been dealt with per Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations. OHS provides guidance and administers oversight of asbestos remediation. An Asbestos Project Notification must be submitted to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) where applicable, except for:
Detached garages, carports or accessory structures built entirely of wood, metal or plastic with NO interior wall covering, cavity or attic fill, and NO exterior stucco or brick cladding (attach interior and exterior photos to the application for permit), and
Structures built after 1990
Arrangements for bulk sampling and asbestos removal can take time, so contact a consultant early in the planning process. A demolition permit will not be issued until every structure to be demolished is determined to be clear of asbestos.
Residential Construction Guide: We recommend you review the
. Considerate construction requires a conscious effort in applying precautionary measures and establishing communication with surrounding residents. Strong communication and construction management should improve relationships with neighbours and the City, reducing risk of fines and "stop work" orders being issued.
Construction Site Management Practices: As outlined in the Construction Site Management Practices Acknowledgement form, builders are responsible for ensuring a safe workplace and following the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code.
Also, if the intention is to continue directly from demolition to excavation for a new foundation (under separate permits for new construction) and site space limitations rule out excavating per OHS requirements, an engineer-designed temporary excavation support system (such as shoring) must be installed to contain the work within the site boundaries if extending the excavation onto an adjacent property is not expressly permitted by that property’s owner. Provide a copy of the engineer-stamped temporary excavation support system (such as shoring) with the related building permit application.
Use of road right-of-way and public land-roadway, boulevard, sidewalk, alley or park lands for your project materials, equipment or temporary curb crossing access may only occur with approval through the Traffic Operations OSCAM office.
As per National Building Code - Alberta Edition, it is the building permit holder’s and property owner’s obligation to ensure measures are in place for the protection of persons on or about the work site. A strongly-constructed fence at least 1.8 metres high must be set up around the site perimeter, with gate(s) locked closed when the site is not active, to secure it, if all debris is not yet cleaned up, or if excavation for new construction follows the demolition and the ground is not roughly levelled so as not to accumulate water.
Fire Safety Plan: We recommend you review Fire Code-mandated Fire Safety Planning For Construction, Renovation and Demolition Sites, and more specifically Small Building Evacuation Plan.