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There are many benefits to turning your basement space into a legal secondary suite from additional income to build equity faster to housing solutions for multi-generational families. Before you get started, there are a few things to consider.

Why Legal?
When the time comes to sell your home, you will see a larger return on your investment for a legal suite over an illegal suite.

If you have an Illegal suite, you could face large fines and be forced to stop collecting rent until your suite is made legal through proper permitting and costly retrofits to bring it up to code. D&M Contracting has completed many basement suites and will make sure your suite is legal and done correctly absolving you from responsibility due to faulty work.

What is required?

  • A basement suite needs to have its own entrance

  • Minimum ceiling height of 78”

  • Each bedroom needs to have an unobstructed egress window that opens from the inside

  • Soundproofing must be installed in the walls and ceiling between the suite and common areas

  • Fire protection between suite and common areas with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Basement suites need to have their own appliances with the exception of the laundry area which can be shared

  • Separate HVAC units with controls for main residence and rental suite

  • Permits for electrical, plumbing and HVAC with periodic inspections.


Starting July 2, 2020, the City of Edmonton removed the minimum on-site parking requirements from the Zoning Bylaw. Homeowners decide how much parking to provide based on needs.

If you’re interested in utilizing your basement space for extra income, give us a call today at 780-517-6725 to start designing your basement suite. D&M Contracting can expertly create a functional and efficient suite that will not only improve your house value, it will improve your bank account. In a few short months, you can start cashing rent cheques.

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