If you are building or renovating on your property, you will need a building permit. The Alberta Building Code sets the standards for buildings constructed in the Province of Alberta. Even if you hire someone to do the work, it is your responsibility to get the right permits. Permit applications can be made by you or your contractor.

When is a building permit required?

Building permits are required for:

  • Construction
  • Additions
  • Alterations
  • Demolition
  • Reconstruction after fire

You do not need a permit for:

  • Accessory buildings less than 100 sq. ft.
  • Decorating (such as painting)
  • Re-roofing
  • Miscellaneous maintenance
  • Minor repairs (that do not affect the structure of the building)

Building permit applications

Building permit documents you may need:

Other permits may be required depending on the work.


Application process

Processing time for building permits is approximately 5 to 10 business days. The timeline depends on the project.


Inspections are normally required at the following stages:

  • Prior to backfilling a foundation
  • Prior to drywall or any other finishing process
  • Prior to occupancy

Two days' notice is required to book an inspection.

You will need to provide:

  • Your name
  • Project location
  • Permit number
  • Phone number
  • Access details

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