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In March of 2015, Council unanimously supported Councillor Chabot’s proposal to create an 18-month amnesty whereby properties that already have the permitted land-use do not have to apply for a development permit and can go directly to the building permit stage. 

Applying for the Development Permit exemption--How to skip a secondary suite step.

This is in conjunction with another part of Councillor Chabot's proposal to create an online public database promoting where legal suites exist, making it easier for renters to identify and find safe suites and for potential homeowners to know what they are buying.

Secondary Suites Registry--Important resource for renters and potential homebuyers.

Prior to Councillor Chabot’s proposal, The City of Calgary had already made significant changes to remove barriers and help ease the costs of building legal secondary suites which includes the waiving of the $7000 land-use redesignation and development permit fees for secondary suites.

The greatest cost for secondary suites is associated with complying with the Alberta Building Code which can be tens-of-thousands of dollars. The Alberta Building Code is a provincially regulated legislation that the City of Calgary has no authority to change.


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