Safety Code Services (Permits)
Safety Codes Services processes applications for demolitions, new construction and renovations. Safety Codes Services is responsible for construction design approvals relative to building, plumbing, gas, and electrical disciplines in order to ensure all projects meet the minimum building code requirements of the 2014 Alberta Building Code, the Safety Codes Act, and the Town of High River’s Quality Management Plan.
Please note that new codes came into effect on April 1, 2019. There has been a transition period to facilitate transition to the new codes from the previous codes. In support of greater harmonization to the national codes, both the Alberta building and fire codes have also been renamed. The 2019 editions of the Alberta Building Code and Alberta Fire Code based on the 2015 editions of the National Building Code and National Fire Code were adopted in February 2019 by provincial regulation. Also adopted by regulation is the 2017 edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB).
The building permit process protects both the owner’s interests and those of the community at large. It also helps to ensure that any structural change is safe. Failure to obtain proper Building Permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal of work already completed.
Building permits are required for the relocation, construction, demolition, and alteration of any building over 107 square feet (10 m2). Some of the projects requiring a permit include:
- Construction of a new building (Single Family / Multi Family / Commercial / Industrial, etc)
- Accessory Buildings & Detached Garages (over 107 sq ft)
- Basement Development
- Home Renovations
- Kitchen Renovations
- Installation of a solid fuel appliance (i.e. wood stove or wood fireplace)
- Installation of a swimming pool or hot tub
- Wheelchair ramps
- Decks or porches (includes total rebuilds)
- Change in occupancy of any building (i.e. from retail to office, or office to restaurant, etc.)
- Tenant Bay Development for Commercial / Industrial Use
- Addition to any building
- Alteration to any building
- Demolition of any building
- Moving a Building off-site
- Move on Dwellings / Manufactured Homes
- Temporary buildings
- Replacing insulation
- Reconstruction of any building that has been damaged by flood, fire, earthquake or other cause
- Correction of an unsafe condition in any building
- Residential accessory building not greater than 10 m2 (107.6 ft.2) in area that does not create a hazard. Please contact Safety Codes for clarification.
- Replacing flooring
- Removing dry wall or other interior finishes
- Replacing windows or doors one for one in the same location and size
- Replacing siding, deck boards or shingles