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Before developing a secondary suite or bringing an existing suite up to code, you will first need to find out if secondary suites are allowed in your area; if your property is large enough; and if you can renovate to meet the necessary building code standards
A secondary suite is only permitted where approved by the local authority, in accordance with local land use bylaws
Contact Planning and Development Services 780-538-0325 for approval and development permit. Planning and Development Requirements can be found at the following link:
After you have confirmed that a secondary suite is allowed in your area. A fire inspection or building inspection is required depending on the age of the secondary suite.
If the suite was existing prior to December 31, 2006 a fire inspection is required before a secondary suite is occupied.
If the suite was existing after December 31, 2006 a building inspection is required before a secondary suite is occupied.
Ensure you meet all of Alberta Health regulations. These can be found at: http://www.health.alberta.ca/documents/Standards-Housing-Minimum.pdf
NOTE: All steps must be satisfied prior to the secondary suite being occupied by tenants
Means a second self-contained dwelling unit that is located within a primary dwelling unit, where both dwelling units are registered under the same land title.
A dwelling unit means a suite operated as a housekeeping unit, used or intended to be used by one or more persons and usually contains cooking, eating, living, sleeping and sanitary facilities
Check out the Alberta Municipal Affairs Safety Standards for Secondary Suites PDF for more information on the requirements necessary: Secondary Suite Brochure (PDF, 40 KB)
All requirements of the Alberta Fire Code will need to be meet and an onsite fire inspection conducted by the Fire Prevention Branch will need to be completed before the suite can be occupied by tenants.
No, The home owner would be permitted to only perform the work necessary to ensure that the existing secondary suite meets the requirements of the Alberta Fire Code without having to meet all the requirements stipulated under Section 9.37 of the Alberta Building Code 2006. (Building Code Interpretation Feb 2013)
Alberta Fire Code - Secondary Suite Standards
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