With the exception of fences, all residential developments require both a building and development permit application. This includes houses, garages and sheds, decks, tourist homes and home occupations.
For questions related to development permits or the application process contact the Planning and Development Department at (403) 887-2141.
Below are the requirements for building a detached garage:
- No accessory building or any portion thereof shall be erected or placed within the front yard of a parcel
- Height shall not exceed 5.0 metres (16.4 ft.) from grade to peak
- If accessing a garage from a road, the access must be hard surfaced
On a corner parcel:
- Shall not be situated closer to the street than the principal building and maintain a side yard setback from the street consistent with the requirements of that district
On an interior parcel:
- Minimum 1.0 metre rear yard setback and side yard setback (from property line to garage)
What is required to apply for a garage permit?
*Please ensure to contact Alberta 1 Call prior to construction at 1-800-242-3447. Accessory buildings are not permitted to encroach over any utility right-of-ways.
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Suites - Garage & Secondary
A secondary suite shall:
- Be restricted to a site occupied by a single family dwelling;
- Maintain a separation of three (3) residential lots without secondary suites that are adjacent and contiguous to each lot by a side yard;
- Provide three (3) on-site (non-tandem) hard surface parking stalls;
- Have a minimum parcel width of 10.5m (34.4');
- Be located within a neighbourhood where the density of secondary suites development does not exceed 10% of detached dwellings in the neighbourhood;
- Not exceed 65% of the ground floor area of the principal building;
- Contain a maximum of two (2) bedrooms;
- Have a separate entrance from the principal dwelling; either from a common indoor landing or directly from the side or rear of the building;
- Not to be used as a tourist home; and
- Comply with the Province of Alberta's Building Code and Fire Code.
What is required to apply for a secondary suite?
- Completed Development Permit and Building Permit Applications with applicable fees
- Site plan showing all parking stalls with their dimensions as well as the suite entrance
- Interior floor plan of the proposed suite
A garage suite shall:
- Be restricted to properties containing a single detached dwelling;
- Be restricted to properties that:
- can be accessed by a rear lane and are:
- lots which back onto a lane adjacent to an arterial road that is separated from the lane by a landscaped boulevard; or
- lots where a side or rear lot line abuts a site containing a rowhousing, four-plex or apartment development; or
- lots where a side or rear lot line abuts a High Density Residential District (R3), Public Facility District (PF), or a Commercial District.
- directly abuts Sylvan Lake or a reserve or open space abutting Sylvan Lake.
- Have a minimum parcel area of 428 m² (4607 ft²);
- Have a maximum floor area of 60 m² (645 ft²);
- Have a maximum garage height of 7.5 metres (24.6 ft) and shall not exceed the height of the principal dwelling;
- Have an entrance separate from the entrance to the detached garage;
- Provide a minimum of 3 on-site (non-tandem) parking stalls;
- Have an exterior that relates to the house exterior by utilizing similar design elements, colours, and finish materials;
- Be designed to have windows, balconies, and stairwells located to face the interior of the lot, the lane, or a flanking roadway, so as to protect the privacy of the neighbouring properties;
- Not be used as a tourist home.
What is required to apply for a garage suite?
- Completed Development Permit and Building Permit Applications
- Site plan showing garage location, size, and setbacks as well as all parking stalls with their dimensions
- Interior floor plan of the proposed garage suite
- Full elevations of the proposed garage
*All secondary suites & garage suites are required to comply with the Province of Alberta’s Building Code and Fire Code
What is required to apply for a deck permit?
- Complete Development Permit and Building Permit Applications with applicable fees
- Completed deck worksheet
- Site plan showing proposed deck including deck size and setback distances
Please be advised that if the deck is less than 2 feet high, a permit is not required.
A permit is not required to construct a fence on a residential lot however, below is a list of fence requirements:
- The maximum height of a fence in the rear yard is 2.0 metres (6.56 ft.);
- The maximum height of a fence in the front yard is 1.0 metre (3.28 ft.);
- The fence shall be located fully within all property lines;
*Please contact Alberta 1 Call at 1-800-242-3447 to locate any underground utility lines.
There are 3 different Home Occupation classifications:
Home Occupation Type ‘A’ – The secondary use of a principal unit by a permanent resident of the dwelling to conduct business activity or an occupation. The business should not create additional traffic nor be detectable from the outside of the dwelling.
Example: professional and office services (office only)
Home Occupation Type ‘B’ – the secondary use of a principal dwelling unit by at least one permanent resident of the dwelling to conduct business activity or an occupation. The business may have up to 6 associated visits per day, but not employ any non-residents.
Home Occupation Type ‘C’ – the secondary use of a principal dwelling unit, its accessory buildings and site or combinations thereof, by at least one permanent resident of the dwelling to conduct business activity or an occupation, which may create additional traffic and may employ up to two non-residents.
What is required to apply for a Home Occupation license?
1) Completed Development Permit - Home Occupation Application with applicable fee
2) A site plan showing all parking stalls on the property
A Tourist Home is a commercial use wherein a dwelling unit is offered for rent to guests for a period of 7 days or more, to a maximum of 28 days.
Tourist homes shall:
- Be contained within the principal building;
- Not use recreation vehicles as the accommodation for tourist home guests;
- Not use garage suites and secondary suites as accommodation for tourist home guests;
- Not exceed 8 guests at any time;
- Provide a minimum of 2 parking stalls per dwelling unit for the first 1-6 pillows, plus 1 stall for each additional 2 pillows. Example: a tourist home that can accommodate 8 pillows shall provide 3 parking stalls;
*Approval of a development permit does not exempt the owner/operator of a tourist home from complying with any federal, provincial, or other municipal legislation
What is required to apply for a Tourist Home?
- A completed development permit application
- A site plan showing all parking stalls
- Details on pillow accommodation, bed sizes, bed types and where they are located (website or photos detailing this information is acceptable)
- Interior floor plan
- The name and phone number of at least one local person (adult) that is authorized to act on the owner/operator’s behalf in the owner/operator’s absence.