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Helping Your Project’s Success

ASCA maintains resources to help our clients navigate the permitting and inspections process.

Please note that the permit application templates are only for application to one of ASCA’s contracted agencies. If you live in an accredited municipality, contact your municipality for the appropriate forms.

Our Permit Fees

ASCA’s standardized fees have been established in consultation with our partner agencies and after evaluating fees charged by accredited municipalities.

Some fees may be slightly higher to reflect the increased travel costs to remote communities. A portion of the fees collected will be used to cover ASCA operating costs.

If you have questions or concerns about the fee schedule, please contact ASCA by email at askasca@safetycodes.ab.ca or call 1.888.413.0099.

ASCA Permit Applications

The below permit applications, instructions, and checklists can be used by ASCA clients to apply for permits to a contracted agency. Our Permit Application Instruction Package can give you further information on what to include with your application. All individual documents within the package are listed and linked, below. Download all documents together as a package here: Permit Application Package.

Frequently Asked Questions


General Permit Information

How much are permit fees in ASCA’s jurisdiction?

ASCA has a fee schedule that applies equally to all unaccredited areas of the province under ASCA’s jurisdiction. View the latest Permit Fee Schedule.

If you still have questions, please call the agency servicing your permit, or call ASCA
• 780.413.0099 or toll free at 1.888.413.0099, or
• Email: askasca@safetycodes.ab.ca

Who should apply for permits?

If you have hired contractors to do the work, it will be more beneficial for you to have the contractors obtain the safety codes permits.

If you are building or doing work on your own home (includes farm), you as the homeowner may obtain the permits.

If the work is to buildings or things where you do not reside, then the permits will need to be obtained by your contractor.

If the permit is for an annual operating permit for flammable liquids or combustible liquids, then the business owner needs to apply/renew.

How do I apply for a permit in an unaccredited municipality?

• Use the appropriate checklist below to ensure you have everything:
Building checklist
Electrical guidelines
Plumbing guidelines
Gas guidelines
Private sewage checklist
Storage Tank System checklist (installation/alteration/removal)
Storage Tank System operating permit information


Find your permit issuing organization from the where to get a permit list. Select the appropriate organization to find a permit application. Fill out the permit application form and submit along with your supporting documentation.

If you have questions, call:
• the organization listed, or
• ASCA at 780.413.0099 or toll free at 1.888.413.0099, or
• Email: askasca@safetycodes.ab.ca or ascatanks@safetycodes.ab.ca for flammable & combustible liquids storage tank systems

What information is needed along with the permit application?

Drawings may or may not be required dependant upon the nature and complexity of the undertaking. To assist with understanding what will be required with each safety codes permit application, please reference our permit application checklists:

Building checklist
Electrical guidelines
Electrical drawings are also required when the electrical service is at or more than 600amp or 600v; all alternative energy generation; and fire alarm/complexity/special use (as related to building code)
Plumbing guidelines
Gas guidelines
Private sewage checklist
Storage Tank System checklist (installation/alteration/removal)
Storage Tank System operating permit information

Note that a safety codes officer may require drawings/specifications; typically for undertakings that are complex or special work.

How long does it take to process an application?

A complete application (all required supporting documentation is included with the application) that is found to be compliant with safety codes requirements should result in a permit issued within:
  
• 2 business days for electrical, gas, and plumbing
• 2 business days from completion of the plans review for building and private sewage
• 1 business day or more for flammable & combustible liquids storage tank systems, depending on size and complexity of the work

Can a permit be extended?

Yes, please contact your safety codes permit issuer.
  
There is no fee for a first extension, but there will be a fee for each additional extension. Please refer to ASCA’s permit fee structure for more information.
  
The request must be received in writing and before the permit expires. Please note how long of an extension is required and the reason for the extension.

Farm or agricultural buildings require some but not all safety codes permits.

Development

• Please contact your municipal planning and development department.

Building

• The building code does not apply to farm buildings associated with the operation of a farm on agricultural designated land. Farm buildings are those for housing of livestock, storage or maintenance of farm equipment, storage of materials or produce, etc., that have low human occupancy (1 person or less per 40m2 of floor area).
   
• A “greenhouse” may fall into either category dependant upon its location (agricultural or commercial/industrial land use designation), specific operational risk (chemical, atmospheric hazards), occupant load, etc. If you are about to build a greenhouse, please discuss your plans with your permit issuing agency.
   
• Residential dwellings and associated residential garages require permits.
   
• All buildings allowing public access require permits.

Electrical

• A permit is required for services, installations, or changes to the electrical system.

• A permit is not required to maintain or replace equipment with units of similar type if its for the purpose of maintenance.

Plumbing

• A permit is required for a plumbing system.
• A permit is not required to operate or maintain a plumbing system.
• A permit is not required to install fixtures where a plumbing system was previously roughed-in.
• A permit is not required to change a fixture, water heater, trap, or valve.

Gas

• A permit is required to install a tank set or gas system (includes furnace, hot water tank, stove, cloths dryer, etc.).
• A permit is not required to operate/maintain a system.
• A permit is not required to install a gas system for a fuel source on a motor vehicle, or conditioned air used in transport.
• A permit is not required to replace a furnace, hot water tank, stove, cloths dryer or other appliance if located in a single family dwelling (where there is no design change to piping or venting).
• A permit is not required by a utility company to relocate a meter.
• A permit is not required to install propane containers having a capacity of 454 litres or less (in total).
• A permit is not required to install a propane container serving a pump jack, flare stack or oil tank heater at an oil field site.

Private Sewage

• A permit is required to install and alter components/system.
• A permit is not required to operate/maintain a system.
• A permit is not required to replace equipment with units of similar type if the replacement is for the purpose of maintenance and does not modify the design.
• A permit is not required for a privy that is not connected to a holding tank.

Fire: (Flammable & Combustible Liquids Storage Tank Systems)

• Only for commercial operations.

Building

What information is needed with a building permit application?

The information to be included with your building permit application will differ depending on the type of work being proposed.

The building permit application will need to have enough information to determine:
• What is being built and how it is to be built (construction drawings and specs, energy calculations, construction fire safety plan).
• Where it is to be built (site plan).
• Other related legislated compliance (development permit, new home warranty, builder license).

The following documents are required for most projects:
• Permit application,
• A site plan,
• Construction drawings with floor plan, elevations, foundation, and cross section,
Energy code calculations,
• Construction fire safety plan,
• A copy of the development permit,
• A copy of the builder license,
• Proof of new home warranty coverage (for dwellings built after February 1, 2014), and
• Other documents, depending on the scope of the project.

If your project has any of the following, ensure detailed information is provided:
• Tall Wall,
• Roof system,
• Floor joist system,
• Hydronic heating system,
• Building systems such as mechanical or electrical,
• Specification detail such as fire protection, detection and suppression,
• Solid fuel appliance details, solar panel details for roof mounted systems,
• Signed professional seal or stamped documents for professional engagement, and
• Demolition details, may include asbestos abatement, utilities and disposal.

The permit application checklists/guides are at:
Building checklist
Electrical guidelines
Plumbing guidelines
Gas guidelines
Private sewage checklist
Storage Tank System checklist (installation/alteration/removal)
Storage Tank System operating permit information

If you need help, contact the issuing agency you wish to use for building, electrical, gas, plumbing and private sewage systems. For flammable & combustible liquids storage tank systems, contact ASCA at 780.413.0099 or toll free at 1.888.413.0099, or ascatanks@safetycodes.ab.ca

What is the difference between a Development Permit and a Building Permit?

A Development Permit is for the development and use of the land. It is permission issued by a municipality under the municipality’s land use bylaw as it relates to land use, zoning, aesthetic features, setbacks, height, and other land development requirements.
  
A Building Permit is for the construction, renovation, moving, demolition, or change in use of a building. It is permission issued by an accredited organization or the Alberta Safety Codes Authority (ASCA) in non-accredited areas, in respect to life, health, and safety requirements under provincial safety codes legislation.
  
To find out where you can obtain safety codes permits within your municipality please use the Safety Codes Council’s Where can I get a permit tool.

Electrical

When are electrical drawings required?

Electrical drawings (and specifications) are required with the electrical permit application for:
• Electrical services of 600 amps or 600 volts, or greater.
• For all alternative energy generation (ie: solar PV installations, wind turbines, etc.).
• As per the building code (i.e. fire alarm, complexity, special use / occupancy, etc.).
• At the discretion of the safety codes office (i.e. complex or special work, hazardous location, etc.).
  
If you have questions, please call the agency servicing your permit, or call ASCA:
• 780.413.0099 or toll free at 1.888.413.0099, or
• Email: askasca@safetycodes.ab.ca

Private Sewage

What are the minimum distances for private sewage?

See the Safety Tips brochure “Private Sewage Treatment Systems, Separation Distances”. The brochure covers the various types of systems and distances that must be maintained.

Is a permit required to extend or replace a private sewage system?

Yes, a private sewage permit is required to install or alter components/system.
  
A permit is not required:
• To operate or maintain a system.
• To replace equipment with units of similar type if the replacement is for the purpose of maintenance and does not modify the design.
• For a privy that is not connected to a holding tank.

Fire – Flammable & Combustible Liquids Storage Tanks Systems

How do I renew my petroleum tank operating permit?

Please click on the following link to apply for your annual operating permit.
  
If you need help, contact ASCA at 780.413.0099 or toll free at 1.888.413.0099, or ascatanks@safetycodes.ab.ca

The Safety Codes Council website indicates that my storage tanks no longer need to be registered because they are in an “accredited municipality.” What does that mean?

It means that with the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA) and its registration program are no longer in existence.
  
Those municipalities authorized (accredited) to administer this part of the fire code (pertaining to flammable & combustible liquids storage tanks) are responsible for the program within their municipality. This includes the new inventory control program that replaced the former registration.
  
You can check for your municipality on our Where to get a Permit page..
  
You can review the STANDATA (fire code amendment) that explains the registration and inventory control changes on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website. (STANDATA 19-FCI-015 Storage Tank System Inspections and Inventory Control)

Is a permit required to install a used (oil, diesel, gasoline, methanol, aviation fuel, etc.) tank?

Yes, all tanks that are greater than 230 L require a permit to be installed in accordance with the National Fire Code – 2019 Alberta Edition.
  
You can learn more about this here.

Are other permits required when installing a petroleum storage tank?

Often, other permits such as Development Permit, Electrical Permit, and in some cases a Building Permit will be required depending on the size, location, and features your system.
  
See the ‘General’ sections above for other permit information.

Will a facility in an unaccredited area still have periodic inspections by a safety codes officer?

Yes, ASCA has its own safety codes officers that provide consultative advice/guidance, plans reviews, issue permits, and conduct inspections.
  
If you are interested in what safety codes officers do, find more information here.

Where can one get a petroleum storage tank work permit or an annual operating permit?

For permits related to Storage Tank Systems – Fire Code in your municipality check our Where to get a Permit page.

Note: Development Permits are usually required prior to any development occurring and can be obtained from your municipality.