Do I need a Residential Development and Building Permit in Edmonton? Residential permit is not required if you are just doing minor renovation work such as painting (interior or exterior), new wall paper, ceiling finishes, cabinet work or minor mechanical or electrical work. However, in Edmonton, if you are altering any of the house’s structures such as load-bearing walls beams, columns, foundations or any major mechanical or electrical works, adding an addition, new garages, secondary suites, basement, new kitchens, new windows, over sized fences, change of use etc, you will require Edmonton City permits.
Types of Permits in Edmonton
There are 2 major types of permits in Edmonton. There is the City of Edmonton development permits and the building permits.
City of Edmonton Residential and commercial permits function differently. There are City Bylaws, guidelines and Building Codes you will need to follow inorder to meet the requirements of the City’s various permits. Depending on where your property is located within the City, each area is zoned differently. ie: if your property is located within a mature neighborhood, there are additional rules and Bylaws you will need to follow.
All residential permits require the submission of various drawings and documents and sometime, detail reports as well. Inorder to simplify the the City’s review and approval process and ensuring permit approval, it is important to prepare the require drawings and documents carefully and meeting all the City’s rules, Bylaws and codes. When you have a complex development, the entire process can be over whelming and complex.
There are important advantages by having the require City of Edmonton permits. Permits are there to protect your safety, your neighbors’ safety and your property’s rights.
- Permit is to protect your property rights and safety
- There are 2 main types of City of Edmonton Permits: Development Permit and Building Permit
- You will need to pay for a Development Permit fee
- You will need to pay for a Building Permit fee
- There maybe permit penalty fees involved depending on your circumstances
- Minor renovation or maintenance work require no permits
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