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.
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 an acceptable manner with respect to the safety of the public. The Safety Codes Officer reviews the building plans to make sure that they comply with the Alberta Building Code, Fire Code and Safety Codes Act and the Land Use Bylaw.
Always keep in mind that it could take up to 10 business days to get a Residential Permit Application approved and a possible 4 to 6 weeks for a Commercial Permit Application to be processed. 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 the regulations governing those uses. Please contact Planning Services at 403-995-2760 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.