Building Permits are required to construct a new building or structure, or to demolish or relocate, repair, alter, or make additions to an existing building.
*Payment of the fee does not constitute start time.
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SECTION 11 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PERMIT HOLDER
On the issuance of a Permit, the permit holder must:
(a) comply with the terms and conditions of the Permit; and
(b) undertake the construction, process or activity in accordance with the Act and
applicable codes and standards; and (c) notify the Town:
(i) if the permit holder does not intend to complete the undertaking, or
(ii) if there is a change in ownership from the owner as stated on the Permit
application, (d) ensure that all plans and specifications required to apply for the Permit are available at the construction site at all reasonable times for inspection by a Safety Codes Officer, and
(e) ensure that the Permit is posted, or otherwise identified, at the construction site.
SECTION 12 TERM OF A PERMIT
In the absence of a different term set under Section 10, a permit expires if the undertaking to which it applies
(a) is not commenced within 90 days from the date of issue of the permit, or
(b) is suspended or abandoned for a period of 120 days, or
(c) is in respect of a seasonal use residence and the undertaking is suspended or abandoned for a period of 240 days after the undertaking is started. Despite subsection (1), when the term of a Permit has not expired, the Town may, in writing, and on the request of the Permit holder, extend the permit for an additional fixed period of time that the Town considers appropriate.
SECTION 14. DEVIATION FROM PERMIT CONDITIONS
No person shall deviate or authorize a deviation from a Permit or terms or conditions of a permit without first obtaining the written permission of the Town.
SECTION 15 PERMIT TRANSFER, TERMINATION
If a holder of a Permit relinquishes the holder’s interest or participation in the undertaking governed by the Permit before the undertaking is completed, the Permit or any label or identification number issued as part of a Permit:
(a) is terminated, and
(b) applies only to the part of the undertaking completed before the termination unless the Town authorizes the Permit or label or identification number to be transferred. A Permit is not transferable to any other person unless the transfer is authorized in writing by the Town.
- Post the building permit card conspicuously on the site.
- The signed and stamped drawings that were returned to you with the building permit card are the drawings that should be used for construction.
- Only the work identified on those drawings is covered under the building permit.
- Keep track of the inspections required as part of your building permit and to abide by the conditions of your permit.
- Please ensure that you and your contractors maintain a safe and tidy construction site.
- If you do require access to a portion of the road right of way you must first obtain a road right of way usage permit from the Town of Canmore.
- If you require access over a park or municipal reserve parcel as part of construction you must first obtain permission to cross a public reserve.
- If you need to work on a Sunday or a statutory holiday, you must first obtain permission to work from the Town of Canmore. Submit this form Request for Permission to Work Sundays and Holidays
Once the final inspection has been passed and unconditional occupancy granted, the building permit file will be closed by the Town. As part of closing the file, a Permit Services Report (PSR) will be issued to the building permit holder.PSRs are issued for all files that are closed. Please note that in some cases a PSR will be issued where conditions of a building permit are not complete or the work does not comply. This is done when a building permit expires and there has been no renewal applied for by the applicant.
Building Permit Process
Step One: Pre-Application meetings are required for all major developments and are optional for small developments. You can look to our Other Services page here for more information.
Step Two: Building Permit application submitted (online only)
Step Three: Applicant contacted by Town of Canmore to make permit fee payment
Step Four: Review of application by Planning and Engineering Departments
Step Five: Review of application by the Safety Codes Officer
Step Six: Building Permit issued
Step Seven: Applicant arranges for inspections
Step Eight: Permit Services Report issued to building permit holder
Step Nine: Applicant can apply for an Occupancy Certificate. Once the Occupancy Certificate is issued, the file will be closed.
The Town of Canmore will not accept applications that:
- are incomplete (i.e. do not include all of the required documents identified in the applicable requirements list;
- include documents that are unclear or illegible;
- are not prepared to professional drafting standards; or
- stamped with phrases suggesting inappropriate use, such as “not for construction” or “preliminary.”
Please do not include personal information on plans.
Upon review of your application, the Town of Canmore may request additional information.
Forms and Requirements
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following documents and the applicable fee(s) are required for a complete application.
pdf Building Permit Application Form (211 KB)
Use one of the application checklists below to help you prepare a complete application submission.
|pdf Uncovered Deck (225 KB)|
|pdf Accessory Buildings (314 KB) (Garage, Shed, Carport)|
|pdf Residential Addition (317 KB) (Covered Deck, Sunroom, Second Story, Adding Floor Area)|
|pdf Interior Alterations and Basement Development (126 KB)|
|pdf Accessory Dwelling Units, Attached (137 KB) (Secondary Suite)|
|pdf Accessory Dwelling Units, Detached (178 KB) (Garden Suite)|
|pdf Solar Panels (139 KB)|
|pdf Wood Burning Fireplace (183 KB)|
|pdf Hot Tub and Pools (142 KB)|
|pdf New Detached or Duplex Dwelling (205 KB)|
|pdf New Manufactured Dwelling (161 KB)|
|pdf New Multi-Unit Residential (154 KB)|
|Commercial, Institutional, and Industrial Buildings|
|pdf New Commercial, Institutional, and Industrial Buildings (148 KB)|
|pdf Tenant Improvements to Commercial, Institutional, and Industrial Buildings (132 KB)|
|pdf Tent and Events Requirements List (143 KB)|
pdf Demo Permit Mobile Home Move Permit Requirements Checklist 2023 (189 KB)
|pdf Partial Foundation Permit Checklist 2023 (578 KB)|
To access the fee schedule click here.
Building Inspections and Occupancy
Visit Building Inspections & Occupancy for more information.
Development with a Total Construction Value (TCV) of less than $50,000 will have up to one year to complete construction. Development with a TCV of $50,000 or greater will have up to two years to complete construction.
The Safety Codes Officer may set an expiry date longer than two years to complete a development, if in their opinion the development requires a longer construction period due to the projects size, complexity, or falls tragedy to fire or natural disaster.
Should you not be able to complete your project by the original expiry date issued with your Building Permit, a one-time 12-month extension can be requested (subject to applicable fees). Should the development not be completed within the 12-month extension period, the applicant will have to re-apply for a new Building Permit and pay the applicable permit fees.
The building permit MUST be posted on site until all work is complete.
Alberta Building Code 10-Minute Response Time
The Alberta Building Code has changed to require some homes to use different construction materials and designs to improve fire resistance. For more information, visit Alberta Building Code Requirements – 10 Minute Emergency Response Time
If you have further questions, please submit them to the Planning & Development Department using the following form.