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Frequently Asked Questions

STANDATA

Alberta Safety Services and the Safety Codes Council develop Alberta's STANDATA jointly. Some are issued under the authority of the Code or the Safety Codes Act as province-wide variances or interpretations. Others are information bulletins that provide general advice on related matters. Below are links to all current STANDATA information provided by Municipal Affairs.  New STANDATA are added on a regular basis.

If you would like to subscribe to STANDATA, please go to the List Subscription Service. You will be automatically notified when new STANDATA or other information is posted on the Safety Services site.

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Q: Why Do I Need A Building Permit?
A: Through the application for a building permit, Safety Codes Officers (SCOs) can ensure that the design and construction of a building complies with the requirements of the Alberta Building Code. The primary purpose of the Alberta Building Code is to set out minimum requirements for buildings to ensure public health, fire protection and structural adequacy. Once you have applied for a building permit, Safety Codes Officers review the submitted plans and produce a plan check letter detailing code requirements and the mandatory site inspections. It is the permit holder's responsibility to request the inspections at the various project milestones, so that the SCO can inspect the project to ensure compliance with the code.

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A: Building permit applications may be made in person at the Planning and Development department, located on the Second Floor of City Hall (580 First Street SE). A copy of the fee schedule is available at the counter.

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A: Building permits are required for the construction, alteration, repair, relocation, demolition, or change of use for any building. Non-hazardous accessory buildings less than ten square meters (107 square feet) do not require a building permit.

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A: No, a development permit approves what type of development is allowed on a particular property, and concerns itself with zoning and setback issues of the City's Land Use Bylaw. The building permit allows the construction of structures contingent on meeting the requirements of the Alberta Building Code. In simple terms, the development permit deals with the 'what' and 'where' a development may proceed, and the building permit deals with 'how' it is built.

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A: Permits, other than a development permit, required to construct a new house usually include building, plumbing, gas, and electrical permits.

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A: A building permit is normally processed in ten working days for residential and commercial projects, Provided that an approved development permit has been issued and released.

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A: Although mobile homes are built to the CSA and Alberta Labor standards, you need a building permit to ensure that the foundation, anchorage, site preparation, crawlspace, decks, landings, etc. meet the Alberta Building Code requirements. Electrical, plumbing, and gas permits are also required for the connections to the unit.

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A: Depending on the permit type and scope of the work, the permit is valid for 90 days to one year.  A permit may be cancelled if the work does not commence within 90 days of permit issuance and work is abandoned for more than 120 days. The request for the permit extension must be in writing, prior to the permit expiration. The permit extension must be approved in writing by the Manager Safety Codes.

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A: The code allows preserved wood foundations to either be designed by a professional or designed and constructed in accordance with the CSA standard CAN/CSA-S406-92.

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A: Yes, Secondary kitchens are allowed for Single Family Dwellings as long as the kitchen is only for the use of the primary occupants of the Single Family Dwelling. A Building Permit is required and the property owner must submit a copy of the Secondary Kitchens in SFD application form.  The Basement Development and Secondary kitchen shall not be used for business or rental income and may not be offered to future purchasers as a Secondary Suite or rental property other than as a Single Family Dwelling.

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