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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.

 

Professionals
To be issued trades permits, you must either have a business license or be associated with a Licensed Contractor. For more information about business licensing, phone Planning & Development Services at 403-529-8374 or visit Starting a business.

 

Do-it-yourself
Homeowner's permits give authorization to homeowners, under certain conditions, to perform a limited scope of work themselves. For full info, visit homeowners permits.

 


An electrical permit is required for installing or modifying electrical systems, including moving lights or plugs.

An electrical permit is not required for the replacement of electrical equipment, if:

•  the replacement is with units of a similar type
 the replacement is being done to maintain the electrical system
 the replacement does not modify the ratings or characteristics of the system

 

icon_PDFPermit application form - Electrical

Submit in person, by email, mail or FAX:

Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1A 8E6
Ph. 403.529.8374
FAX 403.502.8036
pbe@medicinehat.ca

 

Permit cancellation

A Safety Codes Officer may, by written notice sent or delivered to the applicant at the address or fax number on the application, cancel or suspend a permit if he is aware that:

1)  in the case of an addition or alteration, the existing electrical system in or on the building or premises does not comply with the Safety Codes Act;

2)  incorrect information was submitted in or with the application for the permit;

3)  information submitted with the application is inadequate to determine whether the electrical work complies or will comply with the Safety Codes Act;

4)  the electrical work for which the permit was issued does not or will not comply with the Safety Codes Act or the permit or any condition thereof; or

5)  the permit was issued in error.

 

Permit expiration

An electrical permit expires if the work is not commenced within 180 days of the issuance of the permit or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 180 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 180 days.

 

Homeowner's permits

There are certain conditions for homeowners who wish to apply for a permit to do their own electrical work. Visit homeowners permits.



A plumbing permit is required for installing or modifying plumbing systems, including new bathroom fixtures.

A plumbing permit is not required to install plumbing fixtures in a single family dwelling if the rough-in piping has been completed under another permit.

 

icon_PDFPermit application form - Plumbing

Submit in person, by email, mail or FAX:

Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1A 8E6
Ph. 403.529.8374
FAX 403.502.8036
pbe@medicinehat.ca

 

Permit cancellation

A Safety Codes Officer may, by written notice sent or delivered to the applicant at the address or fax number on the application, cancel or suspend a permit if he is aware that:

1)  incorrect information was submitted in or with the application for the permit;

2)  information submitted with the application is inadequate to determine whether the proposed work complies or will comply with the Safety Codes Act;

3)  the proposed work for which the permit was issued does not or will not comply with the Safety Codes Act or the permit or any condition thereof; or

4)  the permit was issued in error.

 

Permit expiration 

A plumbing permit expires if the work is not commenced within 90 days of the issuance of the permit or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 120 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 180 days.

 

Homeowner's permits

There are certain conditions for homeowners who wish to apply for a permit to do their own plumbing work. Visit homeowners permits.



A gas permit is required for installing or modifying a gas furnace, gas fireplace, gas range or any other gas related work.

A gas permit is not required to replace a gas furnace, water heater, gas range or laundry dryer if:

 it is located in a single family dwelling, and

 there is no design change in any gas piping or venting system

 

icon_PDFPermit application form - Gas

Submit in person, by email, mail or FAX:

Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1A 8E6
Ph. 403.529.8374
FAX 403.502.8036
pbe@medicinehat.ca

 

Permit cancellation

A Safety Codes Officer may, by written notice sent or delivered to the applicant at the address or fax number on the application, cancel or suspend a permit if he is aware that:

1)  in the case of an addition or alteration, the existing gas system in or on the building or premises does not comply with the Safety Codes Act;

2)  incorrect information was submitted in or with the application for the permit;

3)  information submitted with the application is inadequate to determine whether the gasfitting work complies or will comply with the Safety Codes Act;

4)  the gasfitting work for which the permit was issued does not or will not comply with the Safety Codes Act or the permit or any condition thereof; or

5)  the permit was issued in error.

 

Permit expiration

A gas permit expires if the work is not commenced within 180 days of the issuance of the permit or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 180 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 180 days.

 

Homeowner's permits

Among other conditions, a homeowner must be a trained gasfitter in order to apply for a permit to do their own gas work. Visit homeowners permits.



A mechanical permit is required for installing or modifying heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

 

icon_PDFPermit application form - Mechanical

Submit in person, by email, mail or FAX:

Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1A 8E6
Ph. 403.529.8374
FAX 403.502.8036
pbe@medicinehat.ca

 

Permit cancellation

A Safety Codes Officer may, by written notice sent or delivered to the applicant at the address or fax number on the application, cancel or suspend a permit if he is aware that:

1)  incorrect information was submitted in or with the application for the permit;

2)  information submitted with the application is inadequate to determine whether the proposed work complies or will comply with the Safety Codes Act;

3)  the proposed work for which the permit was issued does not or will not comply with the Safety Codes Act or the permit or any condition thereof; or

4)  the permit was issued in error.

 

Permit expiration

A mechanical permit expires if the work is not commenced within 90 days of the issuance of the permit or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 120 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 180 days.

 

Homeowner's permits

 There are certain conditions for homeowners who wish to apply for a permit to do their own mechanical (HVAC) work. Visit homeowners permits.



Complete the applicable form(s) below.

icon_PDFPermit application form - Electrical

icon_PDFPermit application form - Plumbing

icon_PDFPermit application form - Gas

icon_PDFPermit application form - Mechanical

 

Submit in person, by email, mail or FAX:
Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1A 8E6
Ph. 403.529.8374
FAX 403.502.8036
pbe@medicinehat.ca

 

How long does it take to get a trades permit?

A trades permit will typically be processed within 1 business day from when we receive your application. You will be notified by phone or email when your application is approved.

Homeowners permits for electrical, plumbing or mechanical work can often be issued instantly at the counter of Planning & Development Services. Homeowners permits for gasfitting will typically be processed within 1 business day from when the application is received.



Permit fees vary depending on the intended project. View fee schedule.

Permit fee(s) are payable when the permit(s) are approved and issued. Therefore, applicants will typically pay in person at the counter of Planning & Development Services. The City of Medicine Hat accepts payments in cash, cheques and debit (not credit cards).

Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Ph. 403.529.8374
pbe@medicinehat.ca



Generally, your project will require a rough-in and a final inspection for each building and trades permit pulled, though additional inspections may be required.

Book your inspections by calling 403.529.8208 and providing your permit number(s), project address, contractor name and phone number. If you call before 1:00pm, your inspection will be scheduled for the next business day.

For more information, visit Inspections.