Residential Permits


A Building Permit can be regarded as formal permission from the Town of Okotoks to begin construction, demolition, addition or renovation to a property.  It is an integral part of the process put in place to ensure that the work is done in a manner that ensures the safety of the public.  The Safety Codes Officer reviews the building plans to ensure that they comply with the Alberta Building Code, Fire Code and Safety Codes Act and the Land Use Bylaw.  Always be aware that it could take up to 10 business days to get a Residential Permit approved.  Another important note to remember is that Building Permits do expire.  Active work must be started within 90 days from the date of issue and if work is suspended or abandoned for 120 days, a new permit must be obtained.  Residential Permits are valid for 365 days at which time the work must be completed or an application for an extension must be submitted.

While a Building Permit primarily deals with ensuring the safety of buildings, a Development Permit deals with the impact that the construction/building has on surrounding properties.  Section 1.2.1 of the Land Use Bylaw outlines the types of development allowed in each land use district and the rules and regulations governing those uses.

Residential Exterior Permits

When you are building a deck, detached garage, accessory structure, garden shed etc. to an existing home, you may need an Exterior Accessory Application

Residential Interior Permits

If you are considering renovating or making some alterations to your home, you may need an Interior Accessory Application

Not all proposed developments require a building permit.  Smaller accessory structures and decks may not require a building permit.  Section 1.2.1 of the Land Use Bylaw outlines developments that do not require a building permit.

For information about proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw about secondary/accessory suites, please click the button below.


If you are considering making some changes to your home, please review the relevant Information Guidelines to determine whether you will require a building permit for your construction project.  If you are unable to find an applicable permit, please keep in mind that the list of building permits above is not all inclusive.  To find out is a permit is required please Contact Safety Codes, (403)995-6304.