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Ward 11 News: Skip a Secondary Suite Step

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Ward 11 official websiteIf you’re interested in developing a secondary suite in your home, there is no better time than now. The City of Calgary is waiving the Development Permit application and fees for homes that are zoned for suites, and that meet all the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw. The Development Permit exemption runs until March 3, 2017.

The exemption is part of The City’s efforts to make it less expensive, faster and easier to obtain approval to develop a secondary suite in your home. Secondary suites are commonly referred to as a basement suite, but can also be located on the main floor. Suites that have been inspected to meet Alberta’s Safety Codes help ensure public protection, and provide people the ability to escape in the event of an emergency, like a fire.

In order to be eligible for the permit exemption:

  • Your home must be zoned to allow a secondary suite, or have obtained a Land Use Redesignation. You can check your property’s zoning using your address.
  • Your proposed secondary suite must also be a permitted use, located in the home only. This allows you to proceed directly to the Building Permit stage, as long as your application does not require any relaxations from the Land Use Bylaw rules.
  • Meets all the Land Use Bylaw requirements that include:
    • Property dimensions
    • Onsite parking stall
    • Outdoor amenity space

If you’re interested in learning more contact the Planning Services Call Centre at 403-268-5311 for assistance.


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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