Is this window legal?
I have been asked that question by almost every buyer I have worked with and it is definitely critical. Here is a link to the City of Calgary Requitments: Calgary-egress-window-guidelines
Here is a brief summary:
In order for ANY basement room to be used as a bedroom:
- The total area of the window opening (the actual opening itself track to track, not the total window size) must be equal to or greater than 3.8 sqft
- The height of the window opening (the actual opening itself track to track, not the total window size) must be equal to or greater than 15 inches
- If the window is below grade, the window well must be the entire width of the window and must extend 30” from the window glass.
- The building code applies equally if it is owner or renter occupied
- If it is used as a separate basement suite, it will require other building requirements (such as a smoke detector in each room as well as other fire suppression).
- You are not required to do this upon possession.
- You are only required to do this if there is a complaint. A building inspector will attend and advise.
- If you do not modify the window, you will not be allowed to use it as a bedroom or you will be penalized.
- Technically, a real estate agent is not allowed to list a property as having a basement bedroom without meeting these specific guidelines. If they do and there is a complaint after you take possession, the sellers real estate agent and the seller cannot be sued as it is the buyers due diligence that would be relied upon.