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Building Permits

Where do I apply for a building permit?
You may apply for a building permit at the Inspections & Licensing Department between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

What do I need to apply for a residential building permit?
1. Two site plans (metric)

2.  Heat-loss calculation/Letter of Commitment

3.  Soils investigation letter of commitment from a Geotechnical Engineer if the lot was purchased from The City

4.  Two full sets of building plans to scale that describe the following:

  • Architectural approval stamp (if required)
  • Elevations (front, sides and rear)
  • Floor plan, including the room sizes and window sizes (metric soft conversions)
  • Cross-section
  • Foundation details (Note: PWF and pile/grade beam foundation systems shall be designed and sealed by a Professional Engineer)
5. Manufactured Structural components:
  • Letter from supplier
  • Roof truss schematic details
  • Manufacturer's design drawings of all manufactured structural components
  • Beam calculations
  • Column design where loads carried exceed 8000 lbs.
  • Foundation pad sizes to be determined and included.

What do I need to apply for a commercial/industrial building permit?
Two sets of full working drawings that comply with the intent of the Alberta Building Code. Plans must be sealed or stamped by a registered Architect or Engineer. Schedules must be provided for these projects in accordance with the Alberta Building Code.

How long does this process take?
Small residential projects such as houses may receive a building permit in three to four weeks, but may vary based on the workload and number of permits applied for. Commercial projects, depending on the complexity of the proposed development, may take two to five weeks.

Do I need an Occupancy Permit?
Effective October 1, 2009:
Occupancy permits will be required for residential construction projects, excluding basement developments in existing residences, decks and detached garages.

The occupancy application will be required at the building permit application stage for projects requiring an occupancy permit. Occupancy permits will only be issued when all required inspections are completed and safety concerns are corrected to the satisfaction of the applicable Safety Codes Officer (SCO).   Occupancy Permit Brochure

How much is a building permit and an occupancy permit?
Please refer to Permit Fees.

When can I start work?
You may begin construction as soon as you have paid for and picked up your building permit. Building permits will take approximately three weeks to be issued. Failure to pick up your building permit prior to starting construction will result in double permit fees.