The Safety Codes Act requires that contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain permits before beginning work on structures and systems covered under the Safety Codes Act. This work typically includes new constructions, installations, alterations, repairs, relocations, changes of use, demolitions, and removals.
Do I need a permit?
A variety of local bylaws and provincial regulations govern when you need a permit. Which permits you need may also vary with the specific circumstances surrounding your project. It is always best to check with your local municipality before starting any work.
Your local municipality or contracted agency
The accredited municipality or agency that issues your permit is available to help you fill out your application, determine what documentation is required, or schedule inspections as needed.
Safety codes officers
The safety codes officers employed by the accredited municipality or agency can provide code guidance and answer questions about how code rules impact your project.
Safety Services, a part of Alberta Municipal Affairs – Public Safety Division, can provide clarification on code rules. They can be reached at email@example.com.
The Safety Codes Council
The Council administers a number of programs related to the permitting and inspections. You can learn more by clicking the links below or contact us regarding any of the below programs.
- Review an order
- Appeal an Order or a Written Notice Refusing, Suspending or Cancelling a Permit or Design
- Alberta Safety Codes Authority
- Storage Tank Management
In addition, we administer a complaints process to investigate complaints issued against safety codes officers, Master Electricians, and accredited organizations. For more information, click here.
Ministerial Order (TCS:003/20) that allowed for the suspension or modification of requirements under the Safety Codes Act in support of the pandemic response expired on August 14, 2020.
The order may be reissued at any time if another public state of health emergency is declared by the province or a local state of public health emergency is declared by a regional health authority for all or part of that region.
Permits that were issued under the Ministerial Order continue to be valid. The Ministerial Order was retroactive to the provincial state of public health emergency declared on March 17, 2020 and all facility sites that met the conditions of the order are in compliance with the Safety Codes Act and may remain with the modified conditions.
The flexibility provided under the Order was key to the risk-based approach on permits and inspections for temporary health facilities, such as converting restaurant drive-thrus into testing drive-thrus and hotels and convention centres into isolation or medical facilities.
As accredited municipalities are responsible for the administration of the Safety Codes Act in their jurisdiction, including the carrying out of its powers and duties under the Act, the optional modified permit form and guidelines available below may continue to be used or the accredited municipality may adapt the permit form to support local conditions.