An accessory building is a detached structure such as a garage or shed.
A garage is a detached accessory building more than 10 m2 in gross floor area, that is associated with a residential use.
A shed is a detached accessory building 10 m2 or less in gross floor area that is associated with a residential use. Other examples of accessory buildings are gazebos or pergolas.
Secondary suites and backyard suites have different requirements than a garage because they are intended for habitation. If you wish to have a secondary suite or backyard suite, call Planning and Development Services at 403-529-8374 for more information.
A development permit covers the what and where a development may proceed. It approves what type of development is allowed on a particular property, taking into account land use and setback issues of the City's Land Use Bylaw.
A building permit covers how it is built. It allows the construction/demolition of structures contingent on meeting the requirements of the Alberta Building Code.
To book inspections, phone 403-529-8208 (24 hours).
OR download the inspection request fax sheet, and fax it to 403.502.8036.
When phoning, please provide:
• Job address
• Permit number
• Your phone number
• Contractor name (if applicable)
• Contractor phone number (if applicable)
To schedule an inspection for the following business day, call or fax by 1:00pm.
You can book your inspection for a morning or afternoon, but it cannot be time-specific.
Requests received on weekends or holidays will be processed the next business day.
Building permit inspections needed for detached garage
Rough-in inspection requirements:
1 - Reinforced slab and perimeter thickening (prior to concrete placement)
2 - Wall and ceiling framing, windows and exterior doors (do not install interior finishes)
3 - Heated garages only: Insulation and vapour barrier (prior to drywall)
4 - Final inspection (it is preferred that interior finishes are complete)
Other inspections needed for detached garage
If associated with your project, most of the following permits require rough-in and final inspections:
• Electrical inspection. For questions, phone 403-529-8210.
• Mechanical inspection. For questions, phone 403-529-8202.
• Plumbing inspection. For questions, phone 403-529-8202.
• Gas inspection. For questions, phone 403-529-8202.
The required inspections for your project are indicated on your permit(s). Have requested documentation on site. For rough-in inspections, ensure that the work being inspected is not covered (such as with insulation or drywall). For final inspections, it is preferred that interior finishes are complete (drywall). For additional info, see inspections.
Below are sample drawings for development permits and building permits for residential accessory buildings.
Note: location and width of driveway(s) must be shown on site plan.
Disclaimer: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Medicine Hat accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.