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How much do permits cost?
How do I apply for a permit?
Where can I purchase the list of construction codes used in Alberta?
Can I operate a business from my home?
How many inspections will I need for my job?
How do I book an inspection?
After I get my permit, when can I start work?
Do I need a Building Permit?
Why do I need a Permit?
Q: How much do permits cost?
A:

The fees vary depending on the type of construction, the size of the dwelling or the total construction costs. The fees are laid out on the Fee Schedule form.

Here are some examples:

Permit Type Cost 
Basement Permit $85 + SCF* 
Electrical Permit $85 + SCF*
Gas Permit $85 + SCF*
Plumbing Permit $85 + SCF* 
New House Permit     See Fee Schedule

* SCF This is the Safety Code Fee. It is usually $4.50, unless specified as a percentage.

Q: How do I apply for a permit?
A:

See our Permit Applications page for a package. Only fully completed applications will be accepted.

Step 1: Download your application form

Please download the application forms from Permit Applications page. You can also obtain forms in person by visiting us at the Service Centre, 9505-112 Street.

Step 2: Submit your application

Submit your completed application:

We are open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on regular working days. 

Make your payment

If you apply in person, you will make your payment when you submit your application.  If you apply by fax or e-mail, we will contact you within two days to obtain payment. You can pay by credit card over the phone. For cash and cheque payments, please visit our office. 

Receive your Permit

As soon as your permit application is approved, we will send you the permit by e-mail or mail. This usually takes less than one week.

Q: Where can I purchase the list of construction codes used in Alberta?
A:
There are many codes and standards available for purchase from external sources. The Codes and Standards

 (pdf) contains the names of agencies that sell the publications.

Q: Can I operate a business from my home?
A:
Yes and no. It depends on the type of business you plan to conduct, the neighbourhood in which you live, the amount of traffic (the number of cars) that your business will generate, and so on. The best thing to do is to call our Enforcement Services Department at (780) 830-5790 and they will gladly help you!
Q: How many inspections will I need for my job?
A:
It varies, depending on the size and type of work. If you are a homeowner, you will generally need more inspections than if you are contractor. If you are building a home, for example, you could require up to 10 inspections at various stages of construction.
Q: How do I book an inspection?
A:
Simply call us at 780-538-0421. We will need your permit number. We will book an inspection for you at a mutually convenient time.
Q: After I get my permit, when can I start work?
A:
You must usually start work within 30 days, and must complete the work within 2 years. Other restrictions may apply, so please call us at 780-538-0421 for additional information.
Q: Do I need a Building Permit?
A:

A Building Permit is required to build a new building or structure or to demolish, relocate, repair, alter or make additions to an existing building or structure. This includes:

  • Basement development
  • Retaining walls that exceed 1.2 metres in height
  • Decks that are more than 60 mm above grade at any point
  • Detached garages and carports
  • Factory-built (metal) wood burning fireplaces and stoves
  • Swimming pools, hot tubs, some ponds (water features)
  • Secondary suites

A Building Permit is NOT required for:

  • Fences
  • Retaining walls less than 1.2 metres
  • Swimming pools, hot tubs and ponds that are not capable of holding more than 600mm of water
  • Painting, decorating and general maintenance
  • Minor repairs using similar or same materials for maintenance unless the changes involve electrical or mechanical work
  • Accessory buildings that are not greater than 10 square metres in area and are not habitable
Q: Why do I need a Permit?
A:
Permits exist to protect you. A permit will ensure that the work being done is safe. It also ensures that the appearance and use of the building you construct is consistent (fits in) with the neighbourhood. Permits make it easier for you to sell your property, because potential buyers will know that any renovation work or changes made were made correctly.