Under the  Alberta Building Code, a multi-family dwelling is a building that contains up to four dwelling units and does not exceed 600 m2. A building with a footprint larger than 600 m2 and/or containing more than four dwelling units is classified as commercial development and professional involvement is required.

Under the Land Use Bylaw (development permit), a multi-family dwelling is a building with four or more dwelling units. 

Below is a list of steps required to construct multi-family dwelling units.

Step 1: Establish Requirements

Depending on the scope of your project, you will require a variety of permits.

Step 2: Apply for Required Permits

Below are the steps to apply for the required permits. To minimize wait time, we suggest you apply for all permits at the same time.

Step 3: Receive Permits

Below is a list of approximate timelines based the type of permit. The timeline begins once a complete application package is received.

Type of PermitProcessing TimeNotes
Development Permitusually within 25 days by e-mailVariances and discretionary uses may lengthen the timeline
Lot Grading Permit for Residential Properties5 business days by email 
Building Permit5 business days by email 
Subtrade Permits2 business days by emailCannot be issued before a building permit

Step 4: Start Construction

You may begin construction once you have received all required permits. Below is contact information you may need for ground work and utilities.

Step 5: Inspections

Your permit is only as good as the inspections that go with it. Please see below for what inspections are required and how to make your inspection requests.