What Constitutes a Bedroom?

The MLS® Help Desk has received inquires from Members requesting a definition of a bedroom for RAE’s MLS® System purposes when listing a property.

RAE reached out to Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Safety Division to share their information with our Members as to their definition of a bedroom. They provided the following link to assist our Members to better answer this question.

The Alberta Building Code does not provide a definition for what constitutes a bedroom but states minimum safety measures required when a room is intended to be used for sleeping. They suggest for a room to be considered a bedroom, it must provide the following:

  • a minimum level of safety in the form of an egress window with an unobstructed opening not less than 0.35 m2 and no dimension less than 380 mm OR
  • a door leading directly to the outdoors OR
  • the suite is fully sprinklered (for more on smoke alarm installation, visit here, or carbon monoxide alarm installation, visit here).

In addition to the egress requirements, consideration should also be given to the placement of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

If you require further information, you may contact Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Safety Division where technical staff are available to answer questions and concerns. The full Alberta Building Code can be found here.

Phone: 1-866-421-6929 (within Alberta) Email: safety.services@gov.ab.ca