Building and Construction
A Permit is not required for:
- Maintenance work on roofs or upgrading roofs. However, because of the fire risk in Canmore, homes in the Town requires roofs be constructed of non combustible or fire retardant materials with a minimum Class B fire rating.
- Painting, decorating, re-roofing or re-siding IF matters affecting health and safety are not at risk AND there is no structural change to the building
- Construction that does not exceed five thousand dollars ($5000) in total prevailing market value IF matters of health and safety are not at risk AND it is not of a structural nature in the opinion of the Safety Codes Officer
- Construction of an accessory building or structure less than 10m2 (~107 ft2) in area AND located on a temporary foundation AND less than five thousand dollars ($5,000) in total prevailing market value
- The replacement or alteration of ducting serving a space heating appliance IF it is located in a single family residential dwelling AND there is no design change required to the heating and ventilation system.
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For additional information on electrical, gas and plumbing permits please visit the Alberta Affairs website.
- If a permit application is incomplete, the applicant will be contacted by the Town and informed of the deficiencies. The application cannot be processed until all required information is submitted. It is better to wait until you have assembled all of the required information prior to submitting your application to the Town.
- If a permit application is not consistent with the regulations of the Land Use Bylaw, the applicant will be contacted by the Town and informed that either a development permit is required or that no building permit may be granted. It is important to note that there is no guarantee that a development permit will be granted for a proposal that varies from the Land Use Bylaw. For more information on development permits please contact Planning and Development at (403)678-1543.
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.
A Building Permit is required for a garage or shed that is more than 10m2 (~107 ft2) in area, or is worth more than $5,000 in cost of work. A Building Permit may also be required if, in the opinion of the Safety Codes Officer, matters of health and safety are involved. A full public guide on accessory buildings is available pdf here (240 KB) .
- Post the blue 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. Sample Building Permit
- 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 pdf Request for Permission to Work Sundays and Holidays (112 KB)
- If you wish to make an amendment to your building permit, please submit the proposed revisions and supporting information to Planning and Development at the Civic Centre. Please note that additional fees are due if the amendment is submitted after the building permit has been granted. Until such time as the amendment is approved, no work other than that detailed in your existing permit and drawings is permitted.
- Foundation Inspection - Occurs before the foundation is back filled
- Framing Inspection - Occurs after electrical and mechanical is installed but before insulation is installed
- Vapour Barrier & Insulation Inspection - Occurs after the insulation and vapour barrier is installed but before drywall is installed
- Final Inspection - Occurs prior to occupying the building.
Inspections - Other projects, such as the construction of a deck may require fewer inspections. In the case of a deck renovation it is likely that only a final inspection would be carried out.
To book an inspection please call the Town of Canmore's Permit Clerk at (403) 678-1543. Please note that inspections require a minimum of 48 hours advanced booking and are scheduled according to availability of the Safety Codes Officer.
Municipal Services Inspections - When the scope of a building permit includes tying in to municipal services (sewer and water), an inspection of these tie ins is required. This inspection must take place before the services are buried. For projects of 3 dwelling units or less, the Town of Canmore conducts these inspections. For commercial projects or those including more than 3 dwelling units, a consulting engineer must be engaged to carry out the inspections and issue a certificate of compliance. To book an inspection for projects of less than 3 dwelling units, please contact the Engineering Technician at (403) 678-1528. Engineering inspections must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
Consulting Engineer and Consultant Inspections - Where a building permit application contains letter(s) of engagement from consulting engineer(s) or a consultant, the consulting engineer(s) or consultant must carry out their inspections and copies of the reports must be submitted to the Town of Canmore. Please ensure that you book your inspections in a timely manner as in many cases work cannot proceed until after the inspection is carried out. Please contact your consulting engineer(s) and consultant(s) to determine when their inspections should take place. Some examples of inspections that are commonly carried out by consulting engineers as part of issuing a report include structural roof inspections and retaining wall/slope stability inspections. An example of an inspection commonly carried out by a consultant would be a blower door test as part of the federal EnerGuide Program. It is important to note that the Town of Canmore will not close the Building Permit or issue occupancy until all of the consultant reports have been submitted.
- Safety Codes Officer provides a final inspection report indicating that construction meets the Alberta Building Code.
- Planning and Development Services inspects the property to ensure all outstanding conditions of the building permit are complete.
- Engineering Services ensures that the construction completion certificates for the site infrastructure and drainage are in place where applicable.
- The Town will issue an occupancy certificate and contact EPCOR to have the water turned on and meter installed, should all of these requirements be complete.
It is very important to note that passing the final inspection does not mean that it is okay to occupy a building. Occupying a building without a valid occupancy permit or removing a water spacer is unlawful and subject to fines.
Under some circumstances the Town may grant conditional occupancy for a building or unit. In these cases, the occupancy permit will be granted with conditions attached with dates by which the conditions must be addressed. Please read your occupancy certificate and ensure that any conditions that are listed on it are met by the prescribed date. Should the conditions of occupancy not be met by the outlined dates, the occupancy for the building may be revoked and the water turned off. A building permit is still open until all conditions of occupancy are completed. If no conditions are listed on your occupancy certificate then the building permit will be closed.
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.
Planning & Development
Town of Canmore
902 7th Avenue
Canmore, AB T1W 3K1
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If you have any questions, the Planning and Development department staff are happy to meet with you and discussion your application. Come down to the Civic Centre Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm, or phone (403) 678-1543.