Owners of existing secondary suites will have until September 1 to get their development permit applications in for municipal approval.
Council supported moving the deadline after the original July 1 deadline passed.
Once the deadline passes, the city will begin enforcing the bylaw for suites that are illegal. Those suites occupied without a valid permit will be fined $500 for a first offence, $1,000 for second offence and $5,000 for a third offence.
Joyce Boon, manager of inspections and licensing with the city, said the city will begin the process of shutting suites down, immediately after the deadline.
City Craig Curtis said once an owner applies to the city, safety checks of the unit can be done.
“It’s important for us to get out of risk situations,” he said.
Other council decisions on Monday:
• Alto Reste Cemetery Multicultural Inclusion Plan gets approval and includes a study on how best to meet the needs of various multicultural groups
• 2010 off-site levy rates will rise five per cent, retroactive to Jan. 1
• signs with digital scrolling messages receive go-ahead for Capri Centre, Black Knight Inn and Red Deer Lodge
• direct control district zoning is given for the Railyards, a new distinctive urban neighbourhood west of Gaetz Avenue, north of Ross Street
• East Hill Town Centre design guidelines, which will aid in the creation of a pedestrian-friendly town centre district, approved. A direct control district zoning for the Clearview North town centre site is approved.