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Building a backyard suite

If you are building a backyard suite, this is the right page for you. Find information on the rules for your specific property, how to apply, and how to register your suite.​

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Step 1: Review

​Review the rules and fees

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Step 2: Prepare

​Prepare the checklist

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Step 3: Apply

Apply online

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Step 4: Inspect

​Book an inspection

We’re waiving up to $900 in fees until December 31, 2021

The City is waiving fees for the development permit and secondary suite registry for all secondary and backyard suites​ until December 31, 2021.

What's changing in 2022?

All secondary and backyard suites must be on our suite registry​ by December 31, 2021​. In January 2022, we will reinstate fees for the development permit and suite registry.​


Step 1: Review the rules and fees

Property information

Your property information

Development permit

Building permit

You must apply for a building permit and meet the requirements of the Alberta Building Code.

Timeline for application review: approximately one week.


​Suite type ​Permit Fee ​Safety Codes Council Fee (4%) ​Total
​New backyard suite ​$1312 ​$52.48 ​​$1364.48

Step 2: Prepare your application

  • Use the Backyard Suite Checklist to determine your project’s drawing requirements.
  • For online applications, review the criteria for information on how to organize your plans and documents
  • Complete plans and collect supporting documents. Review the sample drawings if needed.

Step 3: Apply

​​​​​Apply online​​

In person
You can also apply for your permit in person by visiting the Planning Services Centre. Make sure you have all of the required documents. To skip the line, book an appointment.

Step 4: Inspections and managing your permit application

Disclaimer: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Customer support - suites


<div class="ExternalClass41CC416E699B4D6B96035CBF3AD80724"><p> Planning Services Centre Hours:<br /> Monday - Friday <br /> 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>LiveChat</strong><br /><a title="go to page" href="/PDA/pd/Pages/Planning-and-development-live-chat.aspx" target="_blank"></a> </p> <p><strong>Call Us</strong><br />403-268-5311</p> <p><strong>Visit Us</strong> - <a href="/CSPS/cema/Pages/COVID19/Services/COVID-19-Service-changes.aspx#pd" target="_blank">COVID-19 changes to services</a><br /> Planning Services Centre, <br /> 3rd floor, Municipal building<br /> <a href=",-114.0564404,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x59565213bbf65222" target="_blank">800 Macleod Trail SE</a> </p> </div>

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Planning Services Centre Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


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Planning Services Centre,
3rd floor, Municipal building
800 Macleod Trail SE

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Legal and safe: suite registry

Check the registry to find or verify a legal suite in Calgary. Registry suites include all necessary permits and have been inspected to meet Alberta's Safety Code requirements. The registry is continually updated as we approve suites.

If an operating suite does not appear on the registry, you can contact Customer support to submit a complaint.

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Click before you dig

Always contact Alberta One Call​ before you dig. Click here​ in order to submit a locate request or contact 1-800-242-3447 for more information.

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