Detached Garages & Sheds

You will need a development and building permit for a detached garage, carport, or any shed that is over 10 square metres (100 square feet). Sheds under 10 square metres (100 square feet) in size and under 2.4 metres in height that are not permanently attached to the foundation don’t need a permit, but still need to follow the Land Use Bylaw building guidelines.

Requirements for detached garages or carports:

  • height must be under 4.5 metres (14 feet 9 inches)
  • cannot cover more than two-thirds the width of your yard
  • no more than 40 per cent of your yard can be covered by your house and any other buildings in an R1 location. Other zonings may allow more or less percentage. Find out your zoning by viewing the Land Use Bylaw 3357/2006 - Index Map (pdf) then find the rules for your zoning by viewing the Land Use Bylaw 3357/2006 - Part 4 - Residential Districts and Regulations (pdf)
  • cannot be built in the front yard or on City boulevards
  • must be located at least 0.9 metres (3 feet) from the side property line
  • must be either exactly 0.5 metres (1.6 feet) from the easement or a minimum of 6 metres (20 feet) from the rear property line
  • special provisions are required to build over a sewer or water line
  • you can’t build over gas lines. Be sure to contact Alberta One Call before you dig.

Requirements for sheds (not on permanent foundations):

  • height must be under 4.5 metres (14 feet 9 inches)
  • cannot cover more than two-thirds the width of your yard
  • no more than 40 per cent of your yard can be covered by your house and any other buildings in an R1 location. Other zonings may allow more or less percentage. Find out your zoning by viewing the Land Use Bylaw 3357/2006 - Index Map (pdf) then find the rules for your zoning by viewing the Land Use Bylaw 3357/2006 - Part 4 - Residential Districts and Regulations (pdf)
  • accessory buildings can’t be built in the front yard or on City boulevards
  • your building must be located at least 3 feet (0.9 metres) from the side or rear property line

For sheds on permanent foundations, call Inspections & Licensing at 403-342-8190 or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Development Permits
The first step of any project is to obtain development approval

Who can apply?

A homeowner, contractor or anyone authorized to do so on behalf of the owner of the property can apply. If you are not the owner of the property, you will need a Letter of Authorization (pdf)

How do I apply?

Fill out a Letter of Intent (pdf)  and a Development Permit - Small Residential (pdf)  and submit your application and the required documents listed on page 2 of the application by visiting Inspections & Licensing on the third floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can use this Building Elevation Plan Examples (pdf)  as a guide.

When your application has been received, you will get an email directing you to your MyCity account for payment.

Required Forms

What else should I know?

Development approval can take up to six weeks to process. You may submit other permit applications at the same time.

If your application is denied, you may appeal the decision or its conditions to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board within 14 days.

Building Permits
Learn more about building permits and apply.

Who can apply?

A homeowner, contractor or anyone authorized to do so on behalf of the owner of the property can apply. If you are not the owner of the property you will need to submit a Letter of Authorization (pdf) .

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit by filling out a paper application and submitting your application and a Garage Application Detail Sheet (pdf)  in person by visiting Inspections & Licensing on the third floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will then receive an email requesting you to log in to your MyCity account to pay for the application.

 

Required Forms

What else should I know?

It may take up to three weeks for an application to be processed.

If you are demolishing a structure, you will need to complete a Demolition Permit Application (pdf) .

What inspections will I need?

The inspections required are specific to each project. A list of required inspections will be printed on your building permit. Any deficiencies identified during the inspection will need to be corrected. Re-inspections or a verification of compliance (written completion notification) may be required. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply. 

How do I schedule an inspection?

Electrical Permits
Learn more about electrical permits and apply

Who can apply?

A licensed electrical contractor or homeowner can apply for an electrical permit. Homeowners must own and reside in the property they are wiring. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182, licensing@reddeer.ca or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for business license information.

The City of Red Deer allows homeowners to obtain permits; however, if you have had no previous knowledge or experience with these installations you should engage the services of a licensed contractor to apply for the required permits, and complete the work.

Experience has shown persons not familiar with these installations, and the applicable code requirements, often complete work that requires extensive corrections and can create hazards.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
Homeowner application form image
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your electrical installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work
  2. A final inspection when all fixtures and covers are installed and all wiring is completed

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Heating Permits
Learn more about heating permits and apply

Who can apply?

Only a licensed heating contractor can apply for a heating permit. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182, licensing@reddeer.ca or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for business license information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your heating installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work
  2. A final inspection when all equipment and controls are installed and operational

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Gas Permits
Learn more about gas permits and apply

Who can apply?

Only a gas fitter with a valid business license to do work in the City of Red Deer can apply for a gas permit. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182, licensing@reddeer.ca or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for business license information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your gas installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work with the appropriate tests established
  2. A final inspection upon completion

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Plumbing Permits
Learn more about plumbing permits and apply

Who can apply?

A licensed plumbing contractor or a homeowner can apply for a plumbing permit. Homeowners must own and reside in the property. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182, licensing@reddeer.ca or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for business license information.

The City of Red Deer allows homeowners to obtain permits; however, if you have had no previous knowledge or experience with these installations you should engage the services of a licensed contractor to apply for the required permits, and complete the work.

Experience has shown persons not familiar with these installations, and the applicable code requirements, often complete work that requires extensive corrections and can create hazards.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out a paper application and submit it in person on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email it to inspections@reddeer.ca.

graphic design for MyPermits
Homeowner application form image
 

What inspections will I need?

You will need at least two Safety Code inspections during the course of your plumbing installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work
  2. A final inspection when all fixtures are installed

You will be required to correct all deficiencies. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply.

How do I schedule an inspection?

For more information, call Inspections & Licensing at 403-342-8190 or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.