What are Safety Permits
The Safety Codes Act requires that all contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain permits prior to commencing work on buildings covered by the Alberta Building Code or work governed by the Canadian Electrical Code, the Alberta Gas Code or the Alberta Plumbing Code. Safety Permits differ from Development Permits by addressing only the materials, construction methodology, installation and placement of buildings, facilities, and other structures, and whether they are constructed in a manner that is consistent with Provincial codes and regulations. In essence, the purpose of the safety permit process is to ensure that buildings, and other structures, do not, because of structural faults, or location, pose a danger to the public. Provincial law, therefore, requires that buildings, electrical systems, gas systems, plumbing, etc., be built in conformity with the relevant safety codes.
Development permits, on the other hand, are issued in order to ensure that the proposed development, or use of land, is one that is deemed to be acceptable according to the zoning provisions of the County Land Use Bylaw. Secondly, the development permit process ensures that all applicable development standards such as setbacks, parcel size, etc., are adhered to. Development permits are generally required for most types of development (see County document relating to the development process), as are safety permits. However, there are instances where a development permit is not required, but a safety permit is, and vice versa. If both are required, the development permit must be obtained first.
As of January 1, 2002, Kneehill County is accredited under the Safety Code Council to provide all safety permits. Residents of Kneehill County are required to obtain their permits through the Municipality. IJD Inspection Services is the agency contracted to perform all inspections in the County. After the inspections have been executed, you will be invoiced for the associated fees. If you have any questions relating to this issue, please contact Jenna Frere at (403) 443-5541.
What Types of Developments Require safety Permits
Safety permits are required for the construction, or installation, of electrical, gas, plumbing and private sewage systems, as well as the construction of (or addition to) a building, or a change in the intensity of use of a building, as specified in the Safety Code Act, including: construction, erection or placement of a farm dwelling, mobile home (or an addition or alteration thereto) or an intensive livestock operation. An application for required safety permits must be made, and a development permit issued, prior to a development being commenced. A separate permit form will be issued for each of the following components: building (which includes the foundation, frame, roof, etc.); electrical system; gas and plumbing (one form) and private sewage disposal.
What types of development require a Building Permit?
The Building Permit Process
Where a building permit is required, a form must be completed and the following information provided:
Please note that construction methods that differ from what is prescribed in Part 9 (housing and Small Buildings) of the Alberta Building Code must be designed by a professional engineer licensed to practice in Alberta. Some examples that require professional involvement are:
Please obtain building permit form from the County and return it, and other required information, to the County office
The Electrical Permit Process
A permit with respect to an electrical system may be issued to:
Electrical inspections are mandatory at “rough-in” stage when work is done by homeowners, and at “completed rough-in” stage when done by contractors.
The Plumbing Permit Process
Permits may be issued to the following individuals:
A safety codes officer, prior to issuing a permit for work to be performed in the plumbing discipline, may request the submission of designs for any proposed work.
Plumbing inspections are required at “completed rough-in” stage (prior to covering) and final stage.
The Gas Permit Process
A permit issuer may issue a permit in the gas discipline to:
if the carrying out of that installation, alteration or addition does not, in any manner, interfere with any gas installation, alteration or addition and does not, in any manner, interfere with any gas installation, which is under the control of a supplier or for which a supplier is responsible.
Gas inspections are required at final stage, after the work has been completed.
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