Before you start
This information assists business owners and contractors in understanding and implementing general Alberta Building Code requirements for commercial building permits. Commercial spaces must comply with the Land Use Bylaw and Government of Alberta safety codes (building, electrical, fire and plumbing and gas).
Businesses are responsible to ensure the rules and regulations of all provincial governing bodies that may be applicable to their business activities are followed, prior to using the space.
Business owners and contractors should consult with a design professional before financially committing to a location, as the cost to make necessary upgrades or changes to a building may be expensive. A business license cannot be issued for a space that does not satisfy the requirements of the Alberta Building Code.
The City of Medicine Hat does not determine who must perform or pay for any necessary upgrades between a tenant, building manager or landlord.
Codes and standards available online
Current electronic editions of the following codes are available free of charge. Printed versions are available at a reduced price.
- National Building Code of Canada
- National Fire Code of Canada
- National Plumbing Code of Canada
- National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings
- Alberta Building Code
- Alberta Fire Code
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Does my location have to be accessible?
Codes dealing with accessibility, or barrier-free design, exist to allow proper and safe access to buildings and facilities for all people regardless of physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. Reasonable access to facilities is required to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to be active, independent and safe within the community.
The rules for barrier-free design are found in section 3.8 of the Alberta Building Code. To help explain this material the Alberta Safety Codes Council has produced a document title Barrier-Free Design Guide to help explain the barrier-free requirements of the code.
• 2017 Barrier-Free Design Guide - purchase from the Alberta Safety Codes Council.
If you need clarification on specific barrier-free requirements or exceptions contact a Safety Codes officer.
What if the physical layout of the building makes it difficult to provide a barrier-free access and facilities?
Contact Alberta Municipal Affairs to see if they will consider a relaxation for your particular situation. See below link:
For questions, contact a Commercial Building Safety Codes Officer: