Residential - New Build and Additions

This is information for building a new single family, semi-detached (duplex), or multi-attached (triplex) dwelling on an empty lot.

    

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

Who can apply?

An owner, developer, 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 and submit your application and the required documents (listed on page 2 of the development 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.

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 your building permit application at the same time as your development permit application. 

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

The next step is to apply for your building permit. A building permit allows you to construct a new home, a semi-detached dwelling (duplex) or multi-attached (4 units or less) on a lot within the City of Red Deer. For multi-attached units 5 or greater and apartments, see Commercial Building Permits.

Who can apply?

An owner, developer, 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 the required documents listed on the Residential Application Requirement List (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.

 

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. Once a permit has been reviewed and approved by a Safety Codes Officer it will only be released when all applicable sub trade permits are in place. Once your building permit and all subsidiary permits have been inspected and closed, you will receive a Completion Report. The Completion Report allows the dwelling to be occupied and must remain with the property if it is transferred or sold.

You will need to submit an approved Alberta New Home Warranty Certificate or Exemption.

Energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings must be indicated by completing a 9.36 Project Summary Performance Compliance Calculation Report (pdf)

What inspections will I need?

You will need an inspection at the following stages of your build:

  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Pre-Drywall
  • Final

Other inspections may also be needed depending on the build. Any deficiencies brought up during the inspections will need to be corrected. A re-inspection 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 can apply for an electrical permit for a new home. 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.

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Please note: electrical permits for solar installations must be applied for in person at Inspections & 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 complete.

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 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.

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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 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?

Plumbing Permits
Learn more about plumbing permits and apply

Who can apply?

Only a licensed plumbing contractor can apply for a plumbing permit for new home plumbing work. 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.

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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?

Fireplace Installation
Learn more about fireplace installation and apply

Who can apply?

A licensed contractor can apply for a Fireplace Installation Permit for a new build. 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.

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What inspections will I need?

For a gas fireplace you 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 you 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?

Service Connection (Ditch) Permits
You will need a service connection permit if you are constructing a new residential building

A service connection permit regulates the installation of service connection pipes from the municipal system to the property line as well as the installation of water meters. You will need  a service connection permit if you are constructing any new building.

Who can apply?

Contractors with a valid City of Red Deer business license can apply for a service connection 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.

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What inspections will I need?

You will need a final Safety Code inspection prior to covering the connections.

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.