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Safety Codes SurveyInspections are required at certain stages of construction so that the Safety Codes Officers can verify compliance with the Safety Codes Act.

All work shall be left uncovered and convenient for inspection until the same has been inspected and all work approved by a Safety Codes Officer. If any such work or any portion thereof has been covered up before being inspected the work shall be uncovered by the owner or contractor executing such work and left uncovered until such inspection may be completed.

To arrange for an inspection, call the 24 hour automated Inspection Line at 403.529.8208 or complete the Request Fax Sheet. Please phone or fax in your inspection request by 1:00 pm for next day scheduling. Requests received after 1:00 pm will not be scheduled for the next day.  Inspection requests received on statutory holidays or weekends will be processed the first available business day for next day booking.

Depending on the permit type and scope of work, various inspections must be completed to ensure work is being completed as per the approved drawings and applicable Codes.

Commercial Building Permits

Review the Permit and/or Plan Check Letter for all required inspections. Most commercial projects require inspections during specific parts of the project (Structural, Fire Ratings, and Fire-Stopping). To arrange for an inspection, please call the telephone number identified on the Permit or Plan Check Letter. Prior to occupancy approval of a commercial project, all associated trade permits must be closed and Occupancy must be granted by a Building Safety Codes Officer.

Residential Building Permit

 New Construction & Additions to Existing:

  1. Footings (prior to concrete placement)
  2. Weeping tile/foundation (prior to back-fill) - when required
  3. Framing (prior to insulating) 
  4. Insulation and Vapour Barrier (prior to drywall)
  5. Final or occupancy (Note: new buildings cannot be legally occupied until the final inspection is completed and the building is approved for occupancy by a Building Safety Codes Officer) 

New Uncovered & Covered Decks:

  1. Footing or Piles (prior to concrete placement)
  2. Framing
  3. Final (may be combined with framing inspection)

 Interior Renovations/Alterations including Basement Development:

  1. Framing (after Electrical and Mechanical Rough Ins)
  2. Insulation and Vapour Barrier (prior to drywall)
  3. Final

 Detached Accessory Buildings including Garages & Sheds

  1. Foundation (prior to concrete placement)
  2. Perimeter thickening required for garages over 600sqft (728sqft max.)
  3. 4" slabs for buildings less than 600sqft on a permanent foundation
  4. Framing (prior to covering)
  5. Final

Electrical Permit

Most electrical permits require both a Rough-in and Final Inspection.  If there is underground work being performed, the work must be inspected before it can be backfilled. Refer to the actual permit issued or other documents received to ensure all the required inspections are completed.  

  1. ROUGH-IN INSPECTION – This inspection must be completed once all the wiring and device boxes are installed. The work to be inspected must be visible to the Safety Codes Officer and cannot be covered by building materials such as insulation or vapour barriers.
  2. FINAL INSPECTION – This inspection is required once all work is complete. This includes the installation and labeling of all breakers, device cover plates and fixtures.

Call 403.529.8210 to talk to an Electrical Safety Codes Officer if you have any questions regarding work that must be inspected.

Plumbing, Heating, Gas and HVAC Permits

Most mechanical permits require both a Rough-in and Final Inspection. If there is underground work being performed, the work must be inspected before it can be backfilled. Refer to the actual permit issued or other documents received to ensure all the required inspections are completed.  

  1. ROUGH-IN INSPECTION – Drainage, Waste and Vent pipes must be installed and shall be visible to the Safety Codes Officer.
  2. FINAL INSPECTION – This inspection is required once all work is complete. This includes the installation all appliances and fixtures.

Call 403.529.8202 to talk with a Mechanical Safety Codes Officer if you have any questions regarding work that must be inspected.

Note: All work requiring a mandatory inspection to confirm compliance with the Safety Codes Act shall not be covered until the work is approved by a Safety Codes Officer.  The permit applicant or Owner of the property is responsible and shall, at their own cost, uncover any work deemed necessary by a Safety Codes Officer to ensure compliance with the Safety Codes Act.

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