Mechanical Permits

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A Heating Permit is required to erect, install, add to, enlarge, move, improve, alter or convert or extend any ducted, air handling, heating or ventilating system.  Mechanical permits ensure that heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are installed correctly, and comply with code. A qualified tradesman who is licensed by the City of Medicine Hat must submit the application for a Heating Permit, unless the work is done under a Homeowner's Permit.

Licensed Contractors:

Homeowner's Permit:
  • As a Homeowner, you are entitled to apply for a Homeowner's Permit if:
    • The work is to be completed for a Single Family Dwelling and
    • You own and reside in the premise where the work is to be carried out and
    • You are capable of ensuring the work will be done in accordance with the Safety Codes Act.
  • You may not apply a Homeowner Permit if:
    • You will not personally be completing the work or
    • If the work involves a Secondary Suite or Rental Property.
  • Complete the Mechanical Permit Application and Homeowner's Acceptance Form and submit in person at the Planning & Development Services department on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

Note: If you have no previous knowledge or experience with heating systems, it would be in your best interest to hire a heating contractor who is eligible to receive permits. Work completed by inexperienced individuals often requires extensive corrections to bring the installation up to code, and may create a serious hazard.

Permit Cancellation:

A Safety Codes Officer may, by written notice sent or delivered to the applicant at the address or telefax 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.
Expiration of Permit:
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.

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