New House Construction

Building without permits can be costly and may force you to do more work than planned, to fix deficiencies.

This page outlines regulations and required permits necessary in the construction of a new house within Medicine Hat.

What permits do I need?

Development Permit

Required for any new home built within the City of Medicine Hat, the placement of a manufactured home, the demolition of any building, as well as most other forms of development. 

Development Permit Application  Development Permit Checklist

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


Building Permits

Always required for any new home construction. The Building Permit plans are compared to the approved Development Permit plans, and it is your responsibility to ensure the plans match.

  • If a detached garage is also being built, it must be applied for with a separate application.
  • A driveway access permit will be required for driveway construction.
  • If there is an existing property to be demolished or removed, a demolition permit must be applied for before a new house Building Permit can be submitted.

You may need the following:


Trade Permits

Required for each applicable sub-trade (plumbing, gas, electrical, HVAC) in the construction of a new home. Each type of work will be inspected individually.

Contractor Zone

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 and Development Services and we will assist you.
  2. Have drawings ready: Site plan, elevation plan, floor plan.
    May be required: 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 free utility locates below.
  4. Bring all these required documents (USB drive preferred) and apply in person at Planning and Development Services.
  5. Payment by debit, cash, cheque, or credit card.

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 six business days, provided that an approved Development Permit (if required) has been released.

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.

Risks when permits are not obtained

By not obtaining permits for work done on your home, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to potential future legal and financial issues when selling your property or making an insurance claim. There could also be consequences if you do not correct the situation, such as:

  • Enforcement action issued by a Safety Codes Officer.
  • A fine for building without a permit.
  • Having to undo work that has been completed.
  • Future legal and financial issues when selling your property or making an insurance claim.
  • Having to do more work than was originally planned and budgeted, to fix deficiencies.
  • Potential liability to you, the homeowner, in the event of an accident.

As a homeowner, you are responsible for paying any penalties, even if you hired a contractor who assured you that permits were not required.

Can I build a seacan house?

If used as a dwelling unit or as a home addition, seacans require engineering approval and the dwelling must meet all the same requirements of the Alberta Building Code and the Land Use Bylaw as a conventional building.

Seacan usage


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