The National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition and the National Fire Code – 2019 Alberta Edition are now available online and in downloadable form for free from the National Research Council here. Paper copies are also available for order at a reduced price of $100.00 at the same site. The 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings was previously made available for free online and downloadable.
Municipal Affairs recognizes that municipalities require flexibility to appropriately manage the transition period for the administration of new code requirements. Industry also benefits from additional time to become familiar with the new code changes. While the 2019 Alberta building and fire code editions and the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) came into force in Alberta on April 1, 2019, there is a transition period to allow municipalities and other authorities having jurisdiction the time to prepare for the new code changes.
Municipalities and other authorities having jurisdiction may restrict building permit applications to the 2014 edition of the Alberta Building Code and other administration activities to the 2014 editions of the Alberta Building Code and Alberta Fire Code and the 2011 NECB until June 1, 2019. After June 1, 2019, the following transition conditions apply:
1. If building construction is in progress with a valid permit issued under the 2014 code edition or previous codes by the authority having jurisdiction, construction is allowed to proceed under the code in force at the time of construction. Unless an unsafe condition exists in the opinion of the authority having jurisdiction, construction in progress is not required to be updated to the 2019 building and fire code provisions or to the 2017 NECB.
2. As the introduction of freely available codes delayed the availability of the new codes, the transition period was extended from April 1, 2019 to December 1, 2019. Construction may continue under the 2014 code editions if the authority having jurisdiction received the building permit application prior to December 1, 2019. A person may choose to construct to the 2019 code editions at any time after June 1, 2019 or earlier if the authority having jurisdiction is administratively capable to allow it. Under the Safety Codes Act, municipalities have the authority to carry out their powers and duties as an accredited municipality including the administration of their permit system. Check with your local accredited municipality respecting permit review and approval during the transition period.