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Rules & Regulations

Learn the rules and regulations surrounding Garden Suites in Edmonton.

Rules & Regulations

Garden suite how-to-guide

The City of Edmonton has worked to develop a Garden Suite How-To-Guide. This guide provides you with everything you need to know about what it takes to build a suite. It walks you through the stages of planning and provides you with information on key regulations and bylaws. From zoning to height maximums, this guide has got you covered! See the City of Edmonton's How-To-Guide in the link below.

Is your property eligible for a garden Suite?

In the past, garden suites were only eligible in certain locations, like corner lots or next to commercial zones, and lots over a certain size. Today, because of updates to the Zoning Bylaw, a garden suite can be built on most low density residential lots. To determine whether your lot is eligible, you’ll need to know your zone. If you don’t know your lot’s zone you can visit to find it.


Once you know your zone, you can determine whether garden suites are a permitted use for your zone. Use the following table to determine if a garden suite is a permitted use in your zone. 


Being a permitted use means that if you meet all the rules of the Zoning Bylaw, your permit can’t be denied by the City. Discretionary use means a Development Officer can use their discretion to decide whether a garden suite will be allowed based on the specific context of your property.

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Permitted/Discretionary Use

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