Renovations and Basement Developments

Are you renovating or developing unfinished or partially finished areas of your home? Find information about permits and inspections you'll need here.

You will need a building permit if you are:

  • renovating your home,
  • finishing your basement,
  • adding, moving or removing any interior walls,
  • changing window sizes, or
  • replacing kitchen cupboards.

You don't need a permit to:

  • paint walls
  • replace flooring
  • replace counter tops
  • replace shingles or siding 
Development Permits
A development permit is required for a new secondary suite.

A development permit is not required for residential renovations or alterations including basement development.

However, a development permit is required for a new secondary suite. Please see the Secondary Suites section for details.

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 for a building permit. 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 the required documents listed on the Basement Application Requirement List (pdf)  (for basement developments) or the Miscellaneous Application Requirement List (pdf)  (for renovations) 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. 

 

Required Forms

What else should I know?

It may take up to three weeks for an application to be processed so it is recommended that you have your contractors apply for their service connection, gas, plumbing, electrical and heating permits while you wait. 

Design considerations for basement developments
  • bedroom windows must meet egress:
    • easy to open
    • unobstructed
    • at least 540 square inches of openable space, with no dimension less than 15 inches (width or height).
    • 30 inch clearance in front of bedroom egress windows in a window well
  • the furnace room must be separated from the rest of the floor area, with a door 32 inches wide.
  • continuous handrails are to be installed for all flights of stairs.
  • stair rise to be consistent through the flight of st6airs with no rise exceeding 7 7/8 inches.
  • hard wired and interconnected smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detectors are to be installed within 16 feet 5 inches of every bedroom and on each level.

All construction must comply with Alberta Building Code. 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.

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.

Homeowners are not permitted to complete the following work:

  • hot tubs or pools
  • main service or panel changes
  • duplex, townhouse or any unit with a shared wall
  • secondary suites
  • solar panels
  • rental properties
  • electrical car charging stations

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit online using MyPermits or fill out an Electrical Permit Application (pdf) 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
 

Please note: electrical permits for solar installations must be applied for in person at Inspections and Licensing. Additional documentation and a Safety Codes Officer review will be required. 

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 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 for the installation of any HVAC or hydronic heating system.

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?

Plumbing Permits
Learn more about plumbing permits and apply

If plumbing exists and you are replacing or attaching fixtures, a plumbing permit is not required. For any alterations or new plumbing, a permit is required.

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.

Who can apply?

A licensed plumbing contractor or a homeowner can apply for a plumbing permit for renovation or basement plumbing work. 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.

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?

Gas Permits
Learn more about gas permits and apply

You will need a gas permit for any gas fitting work.

Who can apply?

Only a licensed gas fitter 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?

Fireplace Installation
Learn more about fireplace installation and apply

Who can apply?

A licensed contractor or homeowner can apply for a fireplace installation 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.

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?

For a gas fireplace your will need one Safety Code inspection during the course of your fireplace installation:

  1. A final inspection prior to concealing; framing and venting must be installed

For a solid fuel fireplace your will need two Safety Code inspections during the course of your fireplace installation:

  1. A rough-in inspection before prior to concealing
  2. A final inspection when installation is complete

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.