Town of Canmore

Building Permits

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. Building Permit applications are reviewed by the planning & development department and the safety codes officer, and in some cases, by the engineering department. 

Contact the planning & development department prior to commencing work to ensure that you have the appropriate permits, or if you require a permit. If work has commenced without a valid Building Permit, the Town will issue a Stop Work Order, levy fines and order all work to be demolished at the owner's expense. Please note that if a permit has been obtained but the work was not inspected by the Building Inspector, the owner may be required to remove that portion of work not inspected, at their expense.

For frequently asked questions, visit Planning & Development FAQ

The Building Permit Application

A building permit application consists of two basic parts: the application form, and supporting information. The application form is standardized for all building permits; however, the supporting information can differ depending on the scope of work. Building Permit fees can be found by clicking on the Building & Development Fees page. Please see the application forms below. 

Key Forms & Documents
pdf Building Permit Application (single family home and larger) (1.02 MB)
pdf Building Permit Application (decks, renovations, smaller applications) (326 KB)
pdf Temporary Structure Permit (176 KB)
pdf Demolition Permit Application (701 KB)

Complete Building Permit applications can be submitted to the permit clerk at the Civic Centre Reception.

You can book a pre-application consultation by visiting the Pre-Application Consultation Request page and filling out the form.

New Construction

The construction of a new house or commercial building is considered new construction. Please note that the requirements are included on the back of the building permit application form.

The provincial New Home Buyer Protection Act came into effect on February 1, 2014. Under this act, a building permit cannot be issued unless new home warranty approval has been obtained from the Province. Visit www.HomeWarranty.alberta.ca for more information.

All residential builders in Alberta are required to have a builder license to obtain permits for new homes. Apply for your license here.

Building Permit requirements for new construction

The following is the list of the required supporting documents to be submitted with a building permit application for new construction. Please note that all plans must be to scale and include metric measurements.

  • Proof of authorization to construct on the property. The owner must sign the application form, and submit either a copy of title or purchase agreement.
  • TWO sets of plans and specifications AND an electronic copy in PDF format (including floor area calculation and unit sizes for projects with a residential component). Refer to the 2010 Engineering Design & Construction Guidelines to ensure you have met all Engineering Services requirements. Including floor area calculation and unit sizes for projects with a residential component.
  • THREE Surveyed Plot Plans (at least two of which must be originals), showing the location of the proposed construction.
  • ONE 11"x17" Site Plan/Landscape Plan.
  • ONE Foundation Plan.
  • Manufacturer's shop drawings for engineered floor and roof framing systems OR a letter of engagement from a structural engineer engaged to review the plans and issue a letter of compliance.
  • Letter of engagement from the engineer who will review the soil conditions, make recommendations for the footings, and issue a letter of compliance.
  • Submit a Fire Safety Plan - you can find an example pdf here (76 KB) . If you have any questions regarding a fire safety plan, contact the Fire Chief at Protective Services.
  • Building and development permits for new construction are required to meet the Green Building Regulations (not renovations, additions, or reconstruction). 
  • The required fees. Bear bin contribution or offsite levies may be due.
  • Bow Valley Construction Waste Diversion Form must be completed, or confirm that it has been submitted to the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission.
  • Proof of warranty coverage under New Home Buyer Protection Act.
  • Confirm that utility providers such as Fortis and Atco have been notified.


Miscellaneous Construction

Miscellaneous construction is considered anything that is not new construction, such as additions, decks, renovations, sheds over 100 square feet (10 square metres), and garages. Please note that the requirements are included on the back of the building permit application form.

Building Permit Requirements for Miscellaneous Construction

The following is a list of the required supporting documents to be submitted with the building permit application.Please note that all plans must be to scale and include metric measurements.

  • Proof of authorization to construct on the property. The owner must sign the application form, and submit either a copy of title or purchase agreement.
  • TWO sets of plans and specifications AND an electronic copy in PDF format (including floor area calculation and unit sizes for projects with a residential component). Refer to the 2010 Engineering Design & Construction Guidelines to ensure you have met all Engineering Services requirements.
  • TWO Surveyed Plot Plans (at least one of which must be an original), showing the location of the proposed construction, OR site information in another form (site plan) that clearly indicates the development is in accordance with the regulations.
  • Manufacturer's shop drawings for engineered floor and roof framing systems OR a letter of engagement from a structural engineer engaged to review the plans and issue a letter of compliance.
  • Letter of engagement from the engineer who will review the soil conditions, make recommendations for the footings, and issue a letter of compliance.
  • Bow Valley Construction Waste Diversion Form must be completed, or confirm that it has been submitted to the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission.
  • Confirm that utility providers such as Fortis and Atco have been notified, if necessary.
  • Confirm that EPCOR has been notified (if necessary)
  • Confirm the Fire Hall has been notified (if necessary)
  • Complete Asbestos Abatement form (in buildings to be renovated or demolished)

Alberta Building Code Requirements – 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 the Alberta Building Code Requirements – 10 Minute Emergency Response Time page.


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