What you need to know when planning your next home renovation
Planning Your Residential Project
Home renovation projects are challenging and rewarding endeavours for homeowners. Making sure you have all the required documents before you start the job is an important first step towards a successful project.
Why Permits Are Needed
Permits are here for your protection. They're the result of years of experience, testing and feedback. Having the proper permits will ensure what is being built is safe, and that the appearance and use is consistent with the rest of your neighbourhood. The correct permits also ensure that development on your property meets the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw and Safety Codes Bylaw requirements as well as the standards of the Alberta Building Code.
Before You Apply
Checking a few details before you start the permit application process can help avoid delays further down the road. Confirming your property's zoning on the maps.edmonton.ca website will make sure that your project also conforms to the regulations of Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw. A zoning confirmation letter will also give official verification of a property's zoning.
Timing Your Permit Application
To make sure you can start your residential project as soon as possible, the most important thing you can do is ensure that you have all your documents and plans completed accurately when you apply for your permit. If you have questions about preparing the permit application, documents and plans, visit the Current Planning Service Centre, or e-mail Current Planning. The City of Edmonton encourages property owners to submit their applications well before their anticipated project start date. The permit processing time depends on the complexity of your application and the number of applications received. Applications for projects submitted during the busy residential construction season, May to September, may take longer to process.
Obtaining Permits for Common Summer Projects
Many home renovation and building projects are done in spring and summer. Preparing and submitting your permit application ahead of time can help you get a strong start on your project.
Home Renovation Projects Require A Permit in Canada:
Here are some common summer home projects that homeowners can apply for well ahead of the busy summer season:
- Addition or covered deck
- Uncovered deck
- Erecting a fence (on a corner lot)
- Garage or carport- Attached to the house
- Garage or carport-detached from the house
- Hot Tub
- Shed or Gazebo (stand alone structure)
- Swimming Pool
Projects That Do Not Require a Permit
Some alterations so not require permits. When renovations are done to a property without altering any part of the structure, permits are not required.
- Roof replacement
- Painting and re-tiling
- Carpet replacement
- Basement Drywalling
- Countertop replacement
- Cupboard door alterations
- Window replacement (for same size)