FAQs

In addition to the development permit, all other permits are required such as building, electrical, gas, plumbing and private sewage permits. These permits ensure that your construction is done in accordance with Provincial codes and the Safety Codes Act. Building without the proper permits and inspections can also lead to costly repairs in the future.

No, a development permit is not the same as a building permit. A development permit allows a specific type of development on a specific parcel of land in the community to proceed with the zoning and development bylaws of the municipality. A building permit allows construction of buildings or structure to proceed on condition of compliance with the Alberta Building Code which addresses public safety and welfare.

Building permits are required for construction, alteration, repair, relocation, demolition, or change of use of any building. Certain farm buildings, and non-hazardous accessory buildings under 100 square feet, are exempt.

On receipt of written application, a safety codes officer may, in writing, extend the term of the permit if the agency's permit has not expired when application for extension is made.

The building permit covers the structural aspect of the construction. Permits are also required for the electrical, plumbing, gas and private sewage installations.

Call for an electrical inspection a minimum of 2 business days prior to dry-walling.

The amperage of the service or equivalent should not exceed 100 amps, and the system voltage can not exceed 300 volts unless the applicant can prove their proficiency to complete the work.

No, inspection fees are included when the permit is purchased.

No, the certified installer is responsible to obtain the required permits to work on your home.

The permit expires if a) work is not commenced within 90 days from the date of issue of the permit; b) is suspended or abandoned for a period of 120 days or c) is in respect of a seasonal use residence and the undertaking is suspended or abandoned for a period of 240 days after the undertaking is started.

The home is to be constructed to the CSA and Alberta Labour Standards, however the foundation, crawlspace, stairs, decks, etc. need to be inspected in accordance with the Alberta Building Code.

Yes, a building permit is required for the relocation of a mobile home. In order to ensure proper site preparation, foundation and anchorage.

Any renovation, addition or alteration to an existing private sewage disposal system requires a permit. When a system is changed it then must conform with the private sewage standard in effect.

Anyone can apply for the building permit, however unless you are completing the electrical, plumbing, gas and private sewage work yourself, the people contracted to complete the installations must take out their own permits. Ensure that you are hiring certified contractors.

The garage can be up to 55 square metres (approximately 600 sq. ft.) when located on a slab. Yes, you do require a building permit when building a garage.

Yes, a building permit is required for the installation of wood burning stove.

Yes, if there are alterations to the venting or gas piping, then a permit is required.

If the deck is two feet in height from the ground, 36 inch high handrails are required with maximum spacing of 4 inches on verticals. If the deck is greater than 6 feet in height from the ground, handrails must be at least 42 inches high.

A Permit Services Report is usually attached to an inspection report and is a report advising you of the status of your installation. It indicates that The Inspections Group has completed compliance monitoring for that project.