Yes there is a bylaw ..
Bylaw cracking down on illegal basement suites, boarding houses
It's illegal to rent more than two rooms in your house -- or to create an apartment unit in your home -- without getting the necessary permit first, says the Fort McMurray RCMP.
The reminder comes in the wake of nine new investigations into so-called illegal suites since Jan. 1.
"When you build a regular house, a suite in the basement -- often with its own kitchen and bathroom -- requires a building inspection," said Const. Tiffany Miller this morning.
"The same applies if you put a suite in yourself: A building inspector needs to look at the electrical, plumbing and heating systems to ensure the unit is safe and doesn't pose a fire hazard," Miller said.
A permit is then issued by the municipality's planning and development department.
But if a unit or boarding house does not meet the standards, the homeowner can be fined $1,000 a day while the apartment remains rented out.
"We're not the only city with housing issues," Miller said, referring to the shortage of affordable housing in the Oilsands City.
"But these laws aren't only for Fort McMurray; they're for the safety of the renter and also the homeowner and people in adjacent homes," she said.
Multiple renters also create road hazards and parking violations, Miller said, adding she could not provide statistics on the number of illegal suites investigated by bylaw officers last year.
For its population, Fort McMurray is short 3,900 housing units, municipal officials said in January.
Permit applications for construction of a suite are available on the fourth floor of the Jubilee Centre on Franklin Avenue.