Town of Canmore

Alberta Building Code Requirements – 10 Minute Emergency Response Time

Since 1981, the Alberta Building Code has included a 10 minute response time for emergency services. A building that is located further than 10 minutes from the fire hall is required to provide additional fire protection, including:

  • non-combustible siding
  • no side yard windows
  • install sprinklers
  • and/or increase the distance from property lines

The buildings that make these changes are able to slow the spread of fire and delay a fire becoming out of control / high intensity residential fire.

The High Intensity Residential Fires (HIRF) review of the Alberta Building Code updated how to measure the 10 minute response time for emergency services. In Canmore, our Fire-Rescue Services response time includes: call handling, crew assembly at the fire hall, travel time, and setup on scene. The update requires a fire suppression unit to be fighting the fire within 10 minutes.

The 10 Minute Response Time map has been updated to reflect the new standards. (see above).

Notice to Building Permit Applicants

In anticipation of changes to the 10 Minute Response Time and the requirements of the Alberta Building Code, the Town is providing notice to upcoming Building Permit applicants.

To be assessed under the current 10 Minute Response Time map:

  1. A complete Building Permit application is required to be submitted to the Town of Canmore Planning and Development Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 31, 2018.
  2. The Building Permit will further be required to be issued by Safety Codes Officer no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 29, 2018.

All Building Permit applications submitted and/or issued after the dates noted above will be required to meet the updated 10 Minute Response Time map.

Advice to Applicants

Property owners, developers and applicants are strongly advised to review the requirements of the Alberta Building Code should they intend to build in the near future.

You can also view the map using the Online Property Viewer Map.


Contact the Planning & Development Department at 403.678.1543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.