When a Development Permit is Required
A development permit is required for a proposed hot tub if it's on a property that is next to a valley or ravine as identified in the North Saskatchewan Valley and Ravine System Protection Overlay.
A development permit is not required if the proposed hot tub meets the required setbacks for accessory structures, as outlined in Section 50.3(5) of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw. Otherwise, a development permit is required.
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If there is an existing fence around your property and it meets the requirements, submit a letter of confirmation along with your application.
When you submit your application, you must include:
- A Site Plan:
- Indicating where you intend to install a hot tub and distances to all property lines
- Location of all other structures on your property
- Specification details which include: make, model, cover details, specifications and support details
- Letter from the supplier (Confirming that the cover meets ASTM F1346-91 standards) or one of the following:
- Gated Fence
- To prevent drowning, a hot tub must be protected from unauthorized access by a fence, wall or enclosure that has a minimum height of 1.8 meters (6 ft) and can't be climbed from the outside. Openings for access through the fence must be protected by
- A gate the same height as the fence, and
- A self-closing and self-latching device that is capable of being locked and is installed on the inside of the gate at least 1.5 m (5 ft) above the ground level
- Fence Exemptions: Locking Cover
- A gated fence is not required if the hot tub:
- Does not exceed 2.4 m (8 ft) across the widest portion of its water surface
- Has a lockable cover strong enough to support the weight of an adult walking across
- Is covered and locked whenever the hot tub is unsupervised
A Development Officer reviews the application using the Zoning Bylaw regulations.
Once your development permit is approved, the plans are then examined by a Safety Codes Officer using the Alberta Building Code.
If your development application is refused, you can appeal the Development Officer’s decision to:
Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
10019 103 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0G9
After your application has been reviewed and the appropriate permits(s) issued, applicants are required to contact the City of Edmonton Call Centre at 311 and arrange for inspections. All inspections must be passed.
To prepare for the required inspections in occupied homes, please ensure:
- an individual 18 years of age or older who is responsible for the property is present during the inspection
- clear and unobstructed access to all areas of inspection is provided
- all pets are securely contained
Please note: the Safety Codes Officers are required to wear shoes while performing their duties in your home.
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Cheques must be payable to the City of Edmonton. Please allow for additional processing time when applications are mailed.