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Residential Permits

A development permit is required for most forms of development within the Town.  The Land Use Bylaw outlines the types of development allowed in each land use district and the rules and regulations governing those uses.

Not all proposed development requires a development permit. Smaller sheds, fences and decks may not require a development permit. Section 1.2.1 of the Land Use Bylaw outlines developments that do not require a development permit however it is best to confirm with Planning Services whether you need a permit for the development you are considering.

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.

 

Timelines
Keep in mind that it could take up to 10 business days to get a Residential Permit Application approved and possibly 4 to 6 weeks for a Commercial Permit Application to be processed. 

Note: 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.

The building permit and inspection process ensure that construction, demolition, addition or renovation to a property is done in a safe manner.  In order to maintain the safety of the public, the Town may order an enforcement action or stop work order  when an approved permit has not been obtained before work has begun.  The Town reserves the right to levy fines at its discretion.

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.

Making an insurance claim could be a challenge if you have uninspected work done in/on your home.

Selling a 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.

Buying a home

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.

Residential Development