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What is a Secondary Suite?

A secondary suite, also known as a basement suite, is a legal secondary dwelling unit usually located in the basement of the primary dwelling.

Basement Suite

Do I need a Building Permit and a Development Permit?

Yes, you need both a building permit and a development permit for a secondary suite.

INSTRUCTIONS: Secondary Suite Building Application

Submission Requirements

A completed Secondary Suite Building package which includes:

1. Residential Building Permit Application and a Development Permit Application

2. A PLAN DRAWING of the proposed work with the following information:
     a. Room Dimension
     b. Cold Air Return
     c. C/O2 and smoke detectors (to be interconnected to upper floor)
     d. Window size in Bedroom(s)
     e. Exhaust outlet for range & bathroom(s)
     f. Hallway finish width minimum of 34”
     g. Door size for service room minimum 32”
     h. Secondary heat source
     i. Designated entrance
     j. Mechanical room(walls and ceiling) to be covered with ½” Drywall (complete with tape)

Please Note:

You are only applying for a Secondary Suite Building Permit. You may also need the following permits:

    a. Gas Permit
    b. Electrical Permit
    c. Plumbing Permit
    d. Occupancy Permit (fee collected with Building Permit Application)

Inspection Requirements:

By law, we must inspect the construction work at various stages:

1. Building  

    a. Framing, after all sub-trade "rough-in" work is complete, but before insulation
    b. Pre Drywall, after insulation and poly are installed, but before drywall
    c. Final, after all work is complete  

2. HVAC
    a. Final inspection.

3. Electrical
    a. After all “rough-in” work is completed, but BEFORE drywall is installed.
    b. After all work is complete.

4. Plumbing
    a. After all stacks and ground work is completed, but BEFORE drywall is installed
    b. After all work is complete.

5. Gas
    a. After all work is complete.

How to Complete your Application

Download the Secondary Suite Instructions package (PDF 325 KB) to learn how to complete your permit application.

Get the Residential Permit Application Online

Download the Residential Permit Application (PDF 749 KB) here.

Looking for more information?

Download a copy of the most up to date Alberta Building Code requirements for Secondary Suites.


Last updated: 10/27/2017 1:50:42 PM