Accessory Suite: A secondary, smaller, separate dwelling on a site that would normally only accommodate one principal dwelling.
Affordable Housing: Housing that requires no ongoing operating subsidies and is targeted at households with lower incomes that do not require support services on the site.
Aging in Place: Availability of housing options, services, and facilities that support residents remaining in their own neighbourhood or community as they age and transition through different stages of life.
Apartment Housing: A large building divided into several dwelling units that are arranged in any horizontal or vertical configuration. All dwelling units share a common entrance and hallway, but do not share any living facilities.
Basement Suite: An accessory suite located below the main floor of the principal dwelling. A basement suite has a separate entrance at the side or rear of the dwelling, or through a separate entrance in a common landing.
Building Permit: A document granted by the City before construction of a new or existing building can legally occur.
Development Permit: A development permit is a document that allows a specific use or uses on a parcel of land, and includes includes development plans for how bulidings will be built. A development permit is generally required before receiving a building permit
Duplex Housing: A building containing two dwellings with a shared interior wall.
Dwelling: A combination of rooms intended to be used as a place of residence exclusively by one household.
Established Neighbourhoods: Neighbourhoods that are primarily residential, mostly planned and developed before 1995, and generally located within the Anthony Henday Ring Road.
Garden Suite: means an Accessory building containing a Dwelling, which is located separate from the principal Use which is Single Detached Housing, and which may contain a Parking Area. A Garden Suite has cooking facilities, food preparation, sleeping and sanitary facilities which are separate from those of the principal Dwelling located on the Site. This Use Class does not include Secondary Suites, Blatchford Lane Suites or Blatchford Accessory Suites.
Land Use Zone: A Land Use Zone classifies the type of development allowed on a parcel of land. Types of land use zones in Edmonton include residential, commercial, industrial, urban services, agricultural, and direct control. The complete Zoning Bylaw (#12800) should be consulted when researching land uses.
Mature Neighbourhood: Mature neighbourhoods in Edmonton are generally those completed before 1970. There are 107 mature neighbourhoods in Edmonton.
Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO): A section of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw regulating residential development in Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods.
Principal Dwelling: The primary residential unit and largest building on a site.
Residential Infill: New housing in established neighbourhoods. This includes secondary suites, garden suites, duplexes, semi-detached and detached houses, row houses, apartments, and other residential and mixed-use buildings.
Rezoning: A process to reclassify a property from its existing Land Use Zone to a different zone.
Row Housing: A building containing a row of three or more dwellings joined at the side, with no dwelling located above another. Each dwelling has separate, individual, and direct access.
Secondary Suite: An accessory suite to a principal dwelling that has its own cooking, food preparation, sleeping and sanitary facilities physically separate from those in the principal dwelling. Secondary suites have entrances separate from the entrance to the principal dwelling.
Semi-detached Housing: A building divided vertically into two dwellings joined at the side or the rear. Each dwelling has separate access. Semi-detached housing is often referred to as a duplex.
Single-detached Housing: An individual building containing one principal dwelling, and may contain a secondary suite. This form of housing is often referred to as a house, or a single family house.
Stacked Row Housing: A building containing three or more dwellings arranged two deep, either vertically so that dwellings are placed on top of each other, or horizontally so that dwellings are attached at the rear as well as at the side. Each dwelling has a separate entrance.
Subdivision: Dividing one site into two or more parcels.
Supportive Housing: Housing combined with services tailored to help the inhabitants to live more stable, productive lives.
Zoning Bylaw: A document that contains the rules and regulations for the development of land in Edmonton. The Zoning Bylaw may be amended over time.