When you sell or remortgage your home, typically your financial institution will require a Compliance Certificate from the City prior to releasing mortgage funds, or it will be a condition placed on an offer to purchase your home. A Compliance Certificate is confirmation provided by the City of St. Albert that developments and improvements on your property comply with the Land Use Bylaw. The City does not require compliance certificates but instead provides them as a service, at the request of an applicant.
In St. Albert, a Compliance Certificate consists of a letter or a stamped Real Property Report advising if the use complies with zoning and how the developments shown on a Real Property Report relate to land use bylaw regulations. The City of St. Albert is not able to comment on the compliance of buildings, improvements or measurements that are incorrectly shown, or not shown, on the information provided.
It can take up to 15 working days for you to receive a Compliance Certificate. If you require accelerated service, the City can process your application within five business days. Accelerated service is not available for commercial, industrial or residential multi-family sites.
Since most real estate transactions now require a Compliance Certificate, you should strongly consider applying for one at the time you list your property for sale rather than waiting until an offer is pending.
The City requires a Real Property Report to process Compliance Certificates and may refuse to accept an incomplete or illegible document. A Real Property Report can only be prepared by a registered Alberta land surveyor. A Real Property Report Brochure describing a Real Property Report is available from the Alberta Land Surveyor's Association.
To receive a timely decision on your application, please ensure that your application is clear, legible and accurate. If any part of your application is missing, unreadable or inaccurate, your application will be deemed incomplete and a decision will not be rendered.
In your application, you need to include the following:
- Complete application form
Single Family Residential Regular Service (within 15 working days) $220.00 Accelerated (within five working days) $350.00 Other Residential Multiple Family (accelerated service unavailable) $1,005.00 Commercial/Industrial (accelerated service unavailable) $1,005.00
- Provide at least two Real Property Reports (obtained from a registered Alberta land surveyor) that have been produced no more than five years prior to the date of submission.
- Apply for your compliance certificate early - prior to listing a property if possible.
- Obtain a development permit before you build, if not it may delay the sale of your home.
Where to Apply for Your Compliance Certificate
Planning & Development
Second Floor, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z9
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The City of St. Albert doesn't require Compliance Certificates but does provide them as a service to the public.
Last edited: February 15, 2017