Do I Need a Building Permit?
Are you considering making some changes to your home? Thinking about building a deck, garage, shed or finishing your basement? Are you buying or selling a house? Be sure you know when you need a building permit. Learn more by reviewing the information below.
Building permits are required for the construction, demolition and alteration of any building in Okotoks. Some of the projects requiring a permit include:
- Building a house or addition
- Building a garage, shed, gazebo, accessory building etc.
- Renovating/Altering your home
- Building a deck
- Installing a pool, hot tub or pond
- Installing a wood stove
- Installing/Replacing a furnace or air conditioner
Applying for a building permit prior to the work you are considering has benefits:
- Protects you and your family’s personal safety by ensuring that it meets safety standards.
- Helps ensure you are covered by insurance. If a fire, or other damage to your property happens in an un-permitted area that does not meet safety code, it is possible it will not be covered by insurance.
To confirm whether or not your project requires building permits, contact Safety Codes at: 403-995-6304.
Building permits are not required for minor repairs and replacements that do not affect the structural integrity of a building. Some of the projects that do not require a permit include:
- Re-insulating or adding insulation
- Window or door replacement providing the opening is not enlarged
- Repair or replacement of plumbing fixtures
- Re-roofing, except where structural work is involved
- Minor exterior repairs
To confirm whether or not a project requires building permits, contact Safety Codes, 403-995-6304.
The building permit and inspection process ensure that construction, demolition, addition or renovation to a property is done in a safe manner. Therefore, in order to maintain the safety of the public, an enforcement action or stop work order may be issued by the Town when an approved permit has not been obtained before work has begun. The Town reserves the right to levy fines at their discretion.
We do recognize that there are instances where people may become aware of the necessity of needing a building permit after they have begun or even completed their project. In these situations, building permits may be obtained afterward, but the required process to receive the stamp of completion by an inspector can be quite costly and time consuming. There may even be a need for completed work to be disassembled for the inspection to be performed properly.
The lack of building permits may also cause issues when you prepare to sell your home. The realtor is likely to ask for permits for finished basements, hot tubs, sheds, etc. Or, at a minimum, the realtor will make the buyer sign a waiver. If you need to get the permits in order to sell your house, there may be extra costs. Also note that making an insurance claim may be a challenge if you have un-inspected work done in/on your home.
When you prepare to sell your home, the realtor is likely to ask for permits for finished basements, hot tubs, sheds etc. Or, at a minimum, the realtor will make the buyer sign a waiver. If you need to get the permits in order to sell your house, there may be extra costs if you need to remove drywall so inspectors can see the wiring, plumbing, etc.
Buyer beware! Make sure you ask for permits on the home you are considering. If you purchase it and then need to get permits, you may end up paying more and be responsible for deficiencies that need to be corrected after the inspection.
Get your building permit to ensure your safety and avoid added costs later on. Submit any inquiries by clicking on the button below or call Safety Codes at: 403-995-6304.