This page is intended as a general guide to regulations and required permits necessary in the construction of a new house within Medicine Hat.
Dwelling a self-contained unit for the purpose of a household residence that may include food storage and preparation, sleeping and personal hygiene facilities.
Single detached house: a building that contains one dwelling unit, and may include a secondary suite in districts where secondary suites are a permitted or discretionary use.
Duplex: a building which contains two dwelling units, separated either by a common party wall extending from foundation to roof and/or by a common ceiling/floor assembly, with each dwelling having its own separate entrance to the exterior.
Please review this user guide before you book online:
User Guide for ePermit (Inspections)
Book by phone/fax
403.529.8208 (24 hours)
OR download the fax sheet below and fax the completed form 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 1:00 pm.
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.
Inspections are booked by phases. All work for each phase must be complete before that phase’s inspections can be booked. Individual disciplines cannot book inspections separately and the previous phase must have passed all inspections before the next phase inspection can be requested. If one discipline did not pass inspection, the whole phase must be called for re-inspection; however, only the aspects that were not acceptable will be inspected again.
For more detailed information about each individual inspection contact a Safety Codes Officer.
Additional forms and documents may be required at certain inspection phases (e.g. As-Built Engineering, Concrete Verification, Form A (signed), reclaimed water design and specs, Real Property Report, Screw Pile conformity report, Soil Bearing report and Soils Test). These documents will be listed as permit conditions or be requested through inspection reports. Failure to provide these documents at the time of inspection will result in failed inspections and re-inspection fees may apply.
Building permit inspections needed for new construction of a single family dwelling:
- Footings (prior to concrete placement)
- Weeping tile and dampproofing (prior to backfill)
- Framing (prior to insulation)
- Insulation and vapour barrier (prior to drywall)
- Final or Occupancy.
NOTE: The final inspection (permission to occupy) verifies that the house is safe to occupy and meets all applicable building codes and bylaws. The house cannot be occupied prior to this approval.
Other inspections needed for new house construction:
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.
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- The required inspections for your project are indicated on your permit(s).
- Have the 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, visit inspections.