City inspections are intended to ensure safety and compliance with all relevant bylaws and safety codes.
Safety Codes Officer: a building and trade inspector who can issue permits, as well as inspect the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of structures and systems to ensure compliance with the relevant codes, standards and regulations.
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Phone 403.529.8208 (24 hours)
Once the Safety Codes Officer has completed their review, they will leave an inspection report that identifies any items to be corrected. An inspection may have one three outcomes:
Acceptable: you do not have any deficiencies that need to be corrected. At this point, the permit is considered complete.
Acceptable with conditions: minor deficiencies have been found, but they are not significant enough for a re-inspection. It is the owner's responsibility to correct these deficiencies.
Not acceptable: multiple items that need correction have been found. A re-inspection is necessary before proceeding further.
All work must be left uncovered and convenient for inspection until it has been inspected and approved by a Safety Codes Officer. If the work has been covered before inspection, it must be uncovered by the owner or the responsible contractor and left uncovered until the inspection is done. This process may require framing which is concealed by drywall to be exposed for inspection purposes.
Depending on the permit type and the scope of work, various inspections may be required.
Visit the home improvement hub for information about your project.
Third-party home inspections are different than City inspections. The City ensures that the minimum safety standards of construction are met. A third-party home inspection is conducted by a private company not affiliated with The City. This inspection is typically requested by the prospective home buyer and is an overall non-invasive inspection to determine the condition of the house.
While a third-party home inspection may reveal information that is valuable in making your decision to purchase a property, it does not ensure there are no hidden issues. A non-invasive inspection may not determine the condition of any work which is concealed.
The City of Medicine Hat cannot recommend a third-party home inspection service. You can find them by searching local listings or asking for recommendations in the community.