Secondary Suites

Secondary Suites are allowed on a discretionary basis in Red Deer. You’ll need several permits whether you are constructing a suite in a new build, creating a suite in an undeveloped basement, or renovating an existing basement to accommodate a suite.

What is a secondary suite?

A secondary suite is generally defined as any self-contained dwelling unit that is located within a primary dwelling unit, where both dwelling units are registered under the same land title. A dwelling unit means a self-contained building or a portion of a building usually containing cooking, eating, living, sleeping and sanitary facilities and used as a permanent residence by a household.

Development Permits
The first step of any project is to obtain development approval

Where are secondary suites allowed?

Secondary suites are allowed on a discretionary basis in single family homes located in a R1, R1A, R2, R3 and C1 residential district. Secondary suites may be allowed as a permitted use subject to some location criteria, if the Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan was adopted after January 1, 2010. Each neighborhood is only allowed 15 per cent of the total number of detached dwelling units to have secondary suites. You can use Web Map to ensure the neighborhood your suite is in has not reached this maximum. Refer to Using Web Map to determine secondary suites Instruction Manual (pdf) to learn how.

Regulations for secondary suites

  • One suite per detached dwelling.
  • Suites must have a separate entrance door or a single entry door providing access to an enclosed shared landing area.
  • If the suite has two or less bedrooms, one additional parking space in addition to the parking requirements for the main dwelling must be provided. Tandem parking is allowed.
  • If the suite has more than two bedrooms, two additional parking spaces in addition to the parking requirements for the main dwelling must be provided.

Who can apply?

A homeowner, contractor or anyone authorized to do so on behalf of the owner of the property can apply. If you are not the owner of the property, you will need a Letter of Authorization (pdf) .

How do I apply?

Fill out a Development Permit - Secondary Suite (pdf) and submit your application and the required documents listed on page 2 of the application by visiting Inspections & Licensing on the third floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

When your application has been received, you will get an email directing you to your  account for payment.

Required Forms

What else should I know?

Development approval can take up to six weeks to process. You may submit other permit applications at the same time.

If your application is denied, you may appeal the decision or its conditions to the within 14 days.

Building Permits
Learn more about building permits and apply

Who can apply?

An owner, contractor or anyone authorized to do so on behalf of the owner of the property can apply. If you are not the owner of the property you will need to submit a Letter of Authorization (pdf) .

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit by filling out a paper application and submitting your application and the required documents listed on the Basement/Secondary Suite Application Requirement List (pdf) in person by visiting Inspections & Licensing on the third floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will then receive an email requesting you to log in to your MyCity account to pay for the application.

 

Required Forms

What else should I know?

It may take up to three weeks for an application to be processed. Licensed gas, plumbing, electrical and heating contractors must apply for their permits before your building permit can be issued. Once all applicable permits have passed final inspections, you will receive a Completion Report. The Completion Report allows the suite to be occupied and must remain with the owner of the property.

All construction must comply with Alberta Building Code. For more information, call Inspections & Licensing at 403-342-8190 or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What inspections will I need?

The inspections required are specific to each project. A list of required inspections will be printed on your building permit. Any deficiencies identified during the inspection will need to be corrected. Re-inspections or a verification of compliance (written completion notification) may be required. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply. 

How do I schedule an inspection?

Electrical Permits
Learn more about electrical permits and apply

Who can apply?

A licensed electrical contractor can apply for an electrical permit for a secondary suite. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182, licensing@reddeer.ca or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for business license information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your electrical installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work
  2. A final inspection when all fixtures and covers are installed and all wiring is complete.

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Heating Permits
Learn more about heating permits and apply

Who can apply?

Only a licensed heating contractor can apply for a heating permit for a secondary suite.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your heating installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work
  2. A final inspection when all equipment and controls are installed and operational

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Plumbing Permits
Learn more about plumbing permits and apply

Who can apply?

Only a licensed plumbing contractor can apply for a plumbing permit for a secondary suite. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182, licensing@reddeer.ca or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for business license information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your plumbing installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work
  2. A final inspection when all fixtures are installed

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Gas Permits
Learn more about gas permits and apply

Who can apply?

Only a licensed gas fitter can apply for a gas permit. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182, licensing@reddeer.ca or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for business license information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your gas installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work with the appropriate tests established
  2. A final inspection upon completion

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

For more information, call Inspections & Licensing at 403-342-8190 or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.