If you are planning to make changes to your property, outside of your home, some projects may require an accessory permit.
We've listed information below for some of the most common property changes or additions that are separate from your main residence.
Other examples of projects which may need permits include:
A building permit and inspection are required for all new garages or sheds over 10 meters square (107 square feet). Sheds under 10 square metres may require a permit if the shed is considered to cause a hazard.
The standard detached garage design form outlines what you will need to apply for your permit, as well as the basic requirements. For further electrical information, refer to the electrical for detached garageS (pdf).
Looking to build a new deck, replace or add onto your existing deck? If your deck is more than two feet above finished grade (measured from the top of the finished deck to finished grade at any point around the deck), you WILL require a permit prior to starting the work. Any enclosure or roof (not including an open air pergola) over a deck or patio also requires permits.
The building a deck guidelinE (Pdf) outlines the requirements for obtaining a permit, as well as the safety requirements you must follow in the construction of your deck.
Please note that access below the deck is required at the time of inspection.
Depending on the height and overall size of your gazebo or pergola, may or may not require permits. Before you begin, please review these details to ensure you can complete your project safely and in compliance with City bylaws.
Gazebos and pergolas are considered accessory buildings and therefore cannot be located in your front yard.
to confirm if your gazebo or pergola will need a building permit or not.
One thing you should have before you start to plan is a Real Property Report.
A permit is NOT required to build a fence.
The style, colour and design for your fence may fall under the architectural guidelines set out by the developer. It is a good idea to check with the developer in your neighbourhood for special requirements.
It is also critical that you locate your fence appropriately as not to create any future issues with adjacent landowners. A surveyor may be able to assist you.
The following must be indicated in your submission or the application may not be accepted for processing.
Real Property Report or Site Plan:
Note: A minimum 1.8m high fence is required for all outdoor hot tubs, swim spas and swimming pools that could contain a maximum amount of water exceeding 0.6m (2'-0"). The fence must be constructed so all horizontal or diagonal members are located on the swimming pool side and not the exterior side of the fence. The opening access through the fence must be the same height as the fence, be equipped with a self closing device with a latching mechanism not less than 1.5m above the ground and the gate must be capable of being locked.
Fence and gate requirements can be waived provided the pool, swim spa or hot tub is provided with a lockable cover conforming to ASTM F1346.
Note: Above ground swimming pools that are dismantled in the fall and put up again in the spring only require the initial building permit. Provided the pool is put up in the exact same spot as it was approved.
All work completed under a permit must be inspected. If you require assistance, please call 403.948.8832.
An inspection is required once the construction/installation is complete prior to covering.
A fee will be applied at the time of inspection if any of the following is noted:
Getting a permit is far more important than most people think. Most people know the consequences of not getting your permit but the benefits to your safety and peace of mind are even more important.
Adding to your home
Getting a permit when you are building a deck, shed, garage, installing a hot tub or finishing your basement comes with many benefits:
Selling a home
When you prepare to sell your home, the Realtor is likely to ask for permits for finished basements, hot tubs, sheds etc. or, at a minimum, the Realtor will make the buyer sign a waiver. If you need to get the permits in order to sell your house, the cost will be double and possibly more if you need to remove drywall so inspectors can see the wiring, plumbing etc.
Buying a home
Buyer beware! Make sure you ask for permits on the home you are looking to buy. If you purchase it and then need to get permits, you will end up paying the double cost.
Get your building permit to ensure your safety and avoid added costs later on.