The process for obtaining construction permits is regulated by the Alberta Safety Codes Council. The Safety Codes Council derives its authority from the Safety Codes Act and the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Through the Safety Codes Council, the County was accredited in March 2011 to issue permits for all 5 construction disciplines – building, electrical, gas, plumbing and septic. This means that landowners are able to obtain construction permits from the County office, rather than from an agency outside the County’s boundaries.
The County has also contracted an inspection agency, Park Enterprises, to provide support and certified inspectors to review and inspect work carried out under these permits.
By providing in-house construction permits and contracted inspections, the County has reduced the cost of these permits to the landowner. At the same time, the County is ensuring that structures are being built according to the Alberta Building Code.
As of February 1, 2014 all dwellings must be entered into the registry at HomeWarranty.Alberta.ca. The register number must be provided to the municipality before a building permit can be issued. More information can be obtained from their website.