Additions and Enclosures

A Building Permit will always be required for residential addition or enclosure projects. Depending on the specifics of your home and lot, and the size of your addition or enclosure, you may also require a Development Permit.

Examples of residential additions and enclosures

  • Deck/patio enclosure
  • Room addition (addition to an exterior wall)
  • Attached sunroom
  • Attached garage
  • Attached carport
  • Carport enclosure (conversion to garage)
  • Breezeway enclosure
  • Bay window addition

What Permits do I need?

Building Permits

Building Permits are required for all addition or enclosure projects.

You may need the following:


Development Permits

A Development Permit may be required when:

  • Enclosing a deck, patio, carport or breezeway
  • Adding a room to an existing exterior wall
  • Adding an attached garage or carport
  • Adding a story to any existing building
  • Enclosing a front porch
  • Adding a bay window
  • Doing other addition/enclosure projects

Development Permit Application Development Permit Checklist

A Development Permit must approved before applying for Building and Trade Permits.


Trade Permits

Trade permits may be required if the proposed project involves specific considerations:

  • Electrical Permit: for installing or modifying electrical systems, including moving lights or outlets.
  • Gas Permit: for installing, modifying or adding to any gas system.
  • Plumbing Permit: for installing or modifying plumbing systems or any plumbing equipment.
  • Mechanical Permit: for installing or modifying heating, ventilation or air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Contractor Zone


Do it yourself

As a homeowner, you are able to get homeowner's permits for limited plumbing, electrical, gas and mechanical work. To apply for any of these homeowner's permits:

  • You must be doing the work yourself
  • You must own and live in the home
  • You must be capable of performing the work in accordance with the Safety Codes Act
  • It must be a single family home (not a condo building, etc.)

Depending on the homeowner's permit you are applying for, other restrictions may apply. 

Homeowner Trade Permits

How to Apply

Online

Apply online

In Person

  1. Determine which application(s) you need. You can then download checklists and forms below to complete them, or come in person to Planning & Development Services and we will assist you.
  2. Have drawings ready, if required (ex: Site plan, elevation plan, floor plan, floor joist and roof truss drawings)
  3. Have utility locate slips: These show the location of underground and overhead utilities, such as gas and cable lines. See Line Locates below.
  4. Bring all these required documents (USB drive preferred) and apply in person at City Planning.

Payment Methods

Online or phone:

  • Visa or Mastercard

In-person:

  • Debit
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Visa or Mastercard

Mail:

  • Cheque

Fees and Charges

How long will it take to approve permits?

  • Development Permits: Timelines vary based on application type and the impact to the community.
  • Building Permits: Typically less than 6 business days, provided that an approved Development Permit (if required) has been released.

Rules and Requirements

Size and location

Planning regulations (such as the Land Use Bylaw) lay out details such as:

  • The type of development which is allowed in various land use districts (zones)
  • The amount of area on a lot that buildings can cover (site coverage)
  • The required distances from property lines and other structures (setbacks)
  • How high a building can be in various land use districts (elevation)
  • The restriction of building structures over gas lines or other utilities (UROWs)

For specific information about your property and your planned addition or enclosure project, contact a Planning or Development Officer.

To learn more about the land use regulations for your property, visit Zoning.


Construction

The Alberta Building Code regulates the construction and safety of structures. Construction details of additions and enclosures are assessed and approved based on these provincial regulations.

There are a wide variety of types of residential addition and enclosure projects. For specific construction requirements related to your planned project, contact us.

Line Locates

When planning your project, it is important to know where utilities are located on your property. Locates are free of charge but require at least two days notice.

You must provide utility locate slips with a development application. 

Line locates

Inspections

If a Building Permit was required for your project, then you must book a City inspection. At the discretion of the Safety Codes Officer, most projects require rough-in and final inspections, depending on the complexity of the project.

Book online

Please review this user guide before booking online.


Book by phone

Phone 403-529-8208 or fax the Inspection Request to 403-502-8036.

What if I am not the property owner?

If you are not the owner of the property, then you must get the owner's consent to apply for any changes.

Owner Consent