Building and Renovating

A guide to getting started
If you're doing any construction or renovations, you will need to check whether you need a building permit before you can start on the project.
Review the rules and fees for your project

Typically interior renovations and changes to existing basements do not need a permit when the work consists of minor cosmetic upgrades.

In most situations your interior renovation or basement development will only require a building safety approval (Building Permit). If your design or location does not meet land use bylaw specifications you will also require planning approval (Development Permit).​

Fees and Charges

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. To get them, contact:

Apply in person or online

City Planning is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

Apply online

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Home improvement projects

Start your project


Permits

  • Plans for heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas or electrical systems are not reviewed prior to the issuance of permits, as code compliance is verified during inspections. Homeowners and/or contractors are responsible for ensuring that design and construction meet code.
  • Inspections may be required at various stages of your project. Review your building permit conditions to understand when to request inspections.
  • Projects may require both a development permit and a building permit. Separate permits are required for heating and ventilation, plumbing, gas, and electrical work.

Development Permits

Development Permits

Building Permits

Building Permits

Trade Permits

Trades permits are permits relating to specific skilled trades (electrical, plumbing, gas or mechanical) which are required in building and renovation projects. To ensure compliance with all regulatory safety policies, these permits are issued only to qualified professionals who are licensed by the City of Medicine Hat.

Trade Permits

Home Improvement Permits

Are you thinking about renovating your home? Learn more about bylaw and permit information, property and land designation, drawings and the application process.

Home Improvement Permits

Homeowner Trade Permits

 A homeowner's trade permit is authorization from the City to perform electrical, plumbing, gas or HVAC work. The permit allows the homeowner to do a limited scope of work.

Homeowner Trade Permits

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Zoning and land use

Development of land in Medicine Hat for each district.

Rules and regulations