Permit Information

When do you need a permit?

A variety of local bylaws and provincial regulations govern when you need a permit. This may also vary with the specific circumstances surrounding your project. It is always best to check with the authority having jurisdiction before starting any new work. These authorities will be either the local municipality or the province, or you may choose to ask one of the accredited agencies.

What type of work requires a permit?

The Safety Codes Act requires that all contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain permits prior to commencing work on buildings covered by the Alberta Building Code or work governed by the Canadian Electrical Code, the Alberta Gas Code or the Alberta Plumbing Code.

Where can I get a permit?

Permits are available through municipalities that are accredited to administer the Safety Codes Act, and through agencies who provide inspection services on behalf of the province in non-accredited municipalities.

For information regarding the construction and operation of pressure equipment, contact the Alberta Boilers Safety Association. Contact the Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Rides Safety Association regarding the construction and operation of elevators, ski-lifts and amusement rides.

Benefits of obtaining a permit

The major benefits of obtaining a permit are knowing that the installation will conform to the safety standards that have been adopted under the Safety Codes Act, and that inspection(s) will be provided by certified safety codes officers.

What services can I expect to receive for a permit?

Services that you can normally expect to receive include: a permit, plans examination (if applicable), inspection(s) by certified safety codes officers, inspection report(s), follow-up of deficiencies and/or unsafe conditions, technical advice, and a status report at the completion of the project.

Where can I get information about other kinds of permits?

For information regarding permits and licences for a business, please visit BizPaL, a free, online service municipalities can implement to encourage business growth which is the result of a collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial, regional, and local participating governments.

eSite (electronic Safety Information Tracking Environment) - is a user friendly information and work management system for issuing permits, and tracking, scheduling and assigning permit related activities. eSite is being offered to accredited municipalities and is being utilized by Municipal Affairs in non-accredited municipalities to promote uniformity and consistency in the administration of the safety system. Additional information is available by contacting the Safety Codes Council's eSite Service Help Desk at 1-877-413-6725 or on their website.

More questions?

Call the Safety Services branch of Municipal Affairs at 1-866-421-6929.

  • Date modified: 2016-04-25