A Certificate of Compliance is written confirmation from the City of Airdrie that development on a property meets the regulations of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).
Lawyers and lending institutions need compliance certificates to protect their clients’ investments. Standard real estate purchase contracts often require the vendor to obtain a stamp of compliance.
Compliance certificates are provided as a service through your request, as it is not mandatory to have one all the time. A compliance certificate is issued by a compliance stamp on the property survey or a letter, depending on the type of request. The accuracy of the certificate depends on the quality and detail of your real property report. Using a current Real Property Report that shows all buildings, structures, hard surfacing (like driveways and patios) and fences on your property will help you get a more accurate compliance certificate.
To avoid a delay in finalizing your transaction, you should apply for your compliance stamp as soon as you have decided to sell your property.
A Real Property Report can be obtained through a registered Alberta Land Surveyor. There is a charge for this service. Consumers are advised to shop around as rates vary.
What is a Real Property Report?
A Real Property Report (RPR) is a legal document prepared by an Alberta Land Surveyor that clearly illustrates the boundaries of a property and the location of improvements (structures), such as buildings, garages, sheds and fences, relative to property boundaries. An RPR with a stamp of municipal compliance is critical protection for all parties in a real estate transaction.
To request a compliance certificate, bring the following items to Planning and Development at Airdrie City Hall:
1. A letter indicating:
- Name, address, phone and fax
- Number of copies
- The civic address
- Legal description (lot, block number) of property
- Indicate if compliance is to be mailed or picked-up
2. A minimum of two RPRs (no faxed/spliced copies)
3. Application fee, no GST
Applicants are responsible for providing proper documentation with each application. We do not provide information on previous submissions. Due to copyright laws, we cannot provide copies of surveys. No spliced, faxed or altered copies of RPR will be accepted.
If your RPR meets the guidelines of the LUB, your copies will be stamped as complying. One copy is kept for City records and the rest will be returned to you. If development on your property does not meet the regulations of the LUB, you will be informed by phone or fax. Processing times vary. Allow a minimum of seven working days.
If you require your compliance certificate sooner, an 'over the counter' service is available at an increased fee.
If the development on your property does not meet the regulations:
- Your building does NOT conform with the current LUB. You may apply for a development permit requesting a variance 'to leave as built.' There is an additional fee for this application. OR
- Your building is an existing 'non-conforming' use which means it was approved under different legislation but does not comply with the current LUB. Generally, non-conforming buildings are allowed to remain but some future developments may be restricted. Timelines will vary depending on the nature of the concern.
Note: If the development authority grants a development permit authorizing the variance and permitting the building to be left as is, we will notify the adjacent property owners via an advertisement in the local paper of their right to appeal. Allow three to four weeks.
If your development application is refused, you have the right to appeal the development authority’s decision to the SDAB. Appeals can be submitted to the following address:
Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
400 Main ST SE
Airdrie, AB T4B 3C3
If you have any problems with encroachments on easements, utility rights-of-way or City property, please allow for more time to process your application.
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