Process to Build a Garden Suite | YEGarden Suites
 

Looking for a simple breakdown of the process to build a Garden Suite in Edmonton? Here it is. The diagram below will take you through the main steps involved in building a suite; from determining if your lot is eligible for a Garden Suite to getting your Occupancy Permit. Be sure to click on the links embedded in the diagram to learn more and get additional information. 

 

#1

Determine if your lot is eligible for a suite (find out here)

#2

Work with a designer to create a concept plan, talk to a financial expert about financing

#3

Schedule and attend infill pre-application meeting with the City

#4

#8

Inspection by the City

#7

Construction can begin

#6

City approves your application 

#5

City reviews your application 

#9

Occupancy Permit Issued by the City

 

#1

Determine if your lot is eligible for a Garden Suite.

The two things to consider when determining if your lot is eligible for a Garden Suite are zoning and lot size. Most lots in Edmonton do allow Garden Suites. Use this table to determine if your lot is eligible for a Garden Suite. 

#2

Create Concept Plan & Organize financing 

Before submitting your application for a Garden Suite, you must have a concept plan of what you are planning on building. If you don't have design experience yourself, this is where you would want to reach out to a builder or designer with Garden Suite experience so that they can help with your concept plan. This is the stage at which you would also want to reach out to a builder and mortgage specialist at your financial institution to speak with them about financing your suite.  A builder can help you determine the costs associated with building a suite. 

#3

Infill Pre-Application Meeting

The City of Edmonton offers free pre-application meetings to people that are looking at building a Garden Suite in an established neighbourhood. This is an opportunity for city planners to provide feedback on your concept plan and give you guidance about what should be considered for your final design. This can help expedite the permitting process. The more detail you can provide about your design at this stage, the better. 

#4

Submit permit Application

You will want to submit a development permit and building permit for your Garden Suite. If you are demolishing an existing garage or structure, you will also want to submit a demolition permit. 

#5

Application review

At this point, the City of Edmonton reviews your application. It is important to remember that as long as your design is within the current rules and regulations and does not conflict with a bylaw or need a variance, it cannot be denied by a development officer or appealed by neighbours. This is why the pre-application meeting is so important as it ensures your design follows all rules and regulations. 

#6

Application approval 

You must have approval of your demolition permit (if applicable), your development permit, and your building permit before construction begins. If your permit was approved with a variance, a notice will be sent to your neighbours at this time, giving them an opportunity to appeal your suite. This is also the stage at which you must have a Development Permit Notification Sign made by the city and placed on your lawn. This must be done within 14 days of receiving permit approval. 

#7

Construction

At this stage, construction can begin. It's always a good idea to be in contact with your neighbours at this point to let them know about any disruptions.  

#8

Inspection by city 

Periodic inspections will take place at certain points during the construction process and at the end of construction. 

#9

Occupancy Permit 

Once you are done construction and all necessary inspections are complete, you will receive your occupancy permit!

#10

Celebrate!

Celebrate because you just built a Garden Suite! Woo! Yay! Show off your suite to your neighbours by throwing a suite warming party, relax in your backyard escape, or call YEGarden Suites so we can feature your hard work on one of our tours ;) 

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