Are you Sure you Can do That??
Before you begin on any major projects in your yard this year, make sure you have an up to date Real Property Report (RPR) and that you obtain the proper development permit. If your improvements do not comply with the City rules or real property lines, it could be quite costly in fees, fines or even lawsuits down the road.
A general rule, all of the following must be met in order to meet the City bylaw requirements (m = meters):
1. A shed that is not attached to the house and is less than 10 sq.m. does not require a building permit if it meets all zoning requirements. Be careful not to build too close to your neighbors. It needs to be located at least 0.9 m (3 ft) from a side lot line, 0.6 m (2 ft) from a rear lot line and 0.9 m (3 ft) from the house.
2. A Deck - You will need a development and building permit if the deck floor is over 0.6 meters (m) or 2 feet (ft) above grade. If the deck will be built on a corner lot or in the front yard, you will need to talk to a Development Officer about the regulations, by either calling 311 or visiting the City with a site plan.
3. A detached rear garage - must be set back at least 2.75 metres from the rear property line. If the height of the garage exceeds 1.85 metres, it must be set back at least 0.6 metres from the side property line. Otherwise, it must be at least 0.9 metres from the side property.
These are general by bylaw rules for City of Edmonton. These rules may vary for different land zoning. Always make sure you consult the city before starting your project. Click here for more details.