Community Leagues & Citizens Play a Key Role in Monitoring Construction Sites
While the City of Edmonton tries to proactively inspect infill construction sites for compliance to approved development permits and other regulations, not all developments are visited. If you are noticing an issue with the infill development next door to you or throughout the community, you have the ability to flag this for inspection. Below are some helpful tips:
In the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw (section 55), it indicates that "Landscaping shall be provided on a Site within 18 months of the occupancy of a development or commence of a Use." In addition, "Trees and shrubs shall be maintained on a Site for a minimum of 42 months after the occupancy of a development or commence of a Use."
Should you notice that landscaping has not been provided and fulfilled as per the bylaw, phone 311, or better yet, email firstname.lastname@example.org to file a complaint. 311 will then create a ticket for a Development Permit Inspection Team to investigate further, and to possibly schedule an inspection should they have reason to believe that construction has not proceeded in accordance to their approved Development Permit. Please note that landscaping is often not undertaken until approved lot grading is completed.
Damage to public infrastructure (public trees, boulevards, alleyways)
If you notice that boulevard trees within 5m of a construction site are not fenced, or vehicles are crossing boulevards without plywood or mats being placed on the boulevard, contact 311. Your actions could prevent serious damage to Edmonton’s treed boulevards.
If you note damage to public infrastructure contact 311 to file a complaint. Ask 311 to forward your complaint to "City Infrastructure, Parks and Roads." (These are key words to include with your complaint.)
It would be helpful to take date stamped photos of public infrastructure (and private property) before construction begins. Once construction begins, if you note damages being done, keep your distance and take photos of offending vehicles and equipment. Little can be done without proof of who did the damages. It would be extremely helpful to include your photos when reporting a damage.
Additional Problems to Report to 311
- Sidewalk obstructions
- Foundations too close to the property line or buildings too high (ask for an inspection)
- Washing out of cement trucks onto streets
- Construction before 7 am or after 9 pm on weekdays, and before 9 am on Sundays
- Unsafe conditions such as unfenced excavation site or slumping soil at excavation.
To learn more visit: https://www.cityofedmontoninfill.ca/builders/good-construction-practices