Many homeowners are surprised when they begin the process to sell their home that some of their property improvements required city approval and/or do not comply with City of Calgary bylaws. Non compliance can be expensive or just time consuming to resolve and it is best to sort these out before you sell your home than at the lawyers office a day before closing. Examples include sheds, garages, backyard structures, retaining walls and even raised planting beds.
On selling your home, you are required to provide the buyer a Real Property Report (RPR) with a City of Calgary compliance stamp. If you have a concrete swale in your backyard or just on the other side of the fence, please review your RPR before building raised planter beds, sheds or other structures. Before building decks, garages, sheds or new fencing, it is also important to review your property RPR as well as development and building bylaws and requirements.
For a detailed description of a Real Property Report visit the Alberta Land Surveyor's Website. An example of a RPR can be found in the Real Property Report Brochure provided by the ALSA. If you have specific questions then call the City of Calgary at 311 and get the information you need.
As a buyer, you will receive an RPR when you purchase a home. Keep it in a safe place so that you have it on hand should you wish to resell your home.