Building and Safety Codes Permits
A building permit addresses how the building is constructed with respect to life safety, structural integrity, property protection, use and occupancy. It also addresses your project's architecture, engineering, mechanical and electrical design.
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Safety Codes Permits
Please follow the permit process outlined below using the commercial building permit application. For more information, see Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Building Permits.
Home Owner Applications
Home owner applications for electrical, plumbing, gas, or HVAC may be considered for issuance to an owner who resides in a single family residential dwelling. An owner must possess adequate knowledge to ensure the work undertaken is in compliance with the applicable Codes. A Permit Issuer may limit the type and scope of the undertaking for which a permit is issued.
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Residential Building Permit Process
First, fill out a building permit application, ensuring you've added the relevant plans. The construction plans must include the following information:
- Specifications drawn to a scale of not less than 1:10
- Foundation plans showing walls, footings and column pad footings
- Floor plans showing room layouts and proposed use of all rooms
- Details of floors, walls and roof construction
- Details of columns, beams, window and door lintels
- Interior finishes of floors, walls and ceilings
- Cross section and exterior elevation views
- Location and description of all fixed equipment
- Details of fire detection systems, firewalls, fire separations and fire resistance ratings
- Location of exits and access to exits
- Required water meter size
- Mechanical work such as plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
- Electrical work
- Architectural involvement where applicable
- Engineering involvement where applicable
Some of these requirements may not apply to your project. Contact us for clarification at 780-980-7124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wait for approval
The length of time for the approval process varies depending on the proposed building. If the plans and specifications are approved, you will receive a Plan Review Report indicating the following:
- The scope of the project with respect to the Alberta Building Code
- Any Building Code deficiencies or restrictions
- Instructions of when and how to proceed
- The quality and type of site inspections that will be required
Get your project inspected
Contact the office 48 hours in advance to arrange for a Building Inspection. Call Planning and Development at 780-980-7137 or email email@example.com. Arrangements will be made with a Safety Codes Officer to inspect. If the Safety Codes Officer identifies any problems, it is your responsibility to have them corrected. This may require re-inspections to ensure compliance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a building permit?
Building permits are required for most major construction projects, including new buildings, additions, renovations, or a change of use in any existing building. By receiving a building permit:
- You have access to the expertise of certified safety codes officers (inspectors), who will help you comply with the Alberta Building Code.
- Your plans will be reviewed by a certified safety codes officer to identify potential problems. This will help you make changes in the planning stage and avoid costly corrections after construction.
- Inspections will be carried out by certified safety codes officers, who will provide you with inspection reports and followup of any outstanding deficiencies related to the Alberta Building Code.
Does a building permit expire?
Yes. Active work must be started within 90 days from the issue date and if work is suspended or abandoned for 120 days, a new permit must be obtained.
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