Yesterday was a very big day at City of Calgary Council chambers.
Officially: Council voted 9-6 to take approvals for secondary suites out of council’s hands and make them a discretionary use in in R-1, R-C1 AND R-C1L districts across the city.
There is now a process in the hands of administration rather than Council.
For details on the process, please visit the City of Calgary detailed information.
For all information on building requirements, permits, etc there is now detailed information posted on the City of Calgery website under Home building and Renovations.
Not all properties have the physical requirements to be suited. On top of the details related to permits and design, units must also provide an additional parking stall and private amenite space outdoors for tenants.
Details of design/permit requirements include:
Drawings required for permitting
Ceiling and Door Height requirements
Entry and exit point requirements
Bedroom egress windows
Acceptable window styles
Energy efficiency requirements
Smoke and fire protection
New exterior stairwells and engineering
Adding or increasing window size
Protection of secondary suite exits
Heating and ventilation
Code and Safety Requirements for suites built before 2016