NOTICE - ENERGY CODE
Please be advised that this notice serves as a reminder that the transition period for voluntary application of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2011 and Section 9.36. Alberta Building Code (ABC) 2014 for housing and small buildings ends on November 1, 2016 (see attached).
Another Builders Forum will be hosted by the Town of High River in the fall 2016 with respect to the implementation of the Energy Efficiency component of the 2014 Alberta Building Code.
Safety Codes Services processes applications for demolitions, new construction and renovations. Safety Codes Services is responsible for construction design approvals relative to building, plumbing, gas, and electrical disciplines in order to ensure all projects meet the minimum building code requirements of the 2006 Alberta Building Code, the Safety Codes Act, and the Town of High River's Quality Management Plan or Land Use Bylaw (LUB).
Permits are required for any repairs where certified inspectors must approve that the work meets legislated safety and building codes. This includes electrical, plumbing, gas, and structural.
When You Need a Permit
Building permits are required for the relocation, construction, demolition, and alteration of any building over 107 square feet (10 m2). Some of the projects requiring a permit include:
Why are Permits Required?
The building permit process protects both the owner's interests and those of the community at large. It also helps to ensure that any structural change is safe. Failure to obtain proper Building Permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal of work already completed.
Building Permits are NOT required for:
For further information relating to Building Permits or Demolition Permits, contact:
Building Permit Statistics
A permit is required to demolish or move a building from a site and must be acquired prior to applying for your new building permit. In addition, a Development Permit may be required for a new build including foundation.
The Demolition Permit process ensures that services have been disconnected prior to demolition and that the site is safe during and after demolition.
Interior demolition does not require a demolition permit; however, it does require a Building Permit.
Demolishing a Garage
Any garage that will be demolished and replaced with another garage, does not require a Demolition Permit unless it is separately serviced (not from the house).
Demolishing or removing a detached garage with separate services (is fed from the house or has no services) does require a Demolition Permit.
Prior to applying for a demolition or moving permit, you are required to contact each utility company (electrical, water and sewer, and natural gas) for disconnection & have the Service Disconnection Request form signed by all applicable utilities. Please note that marking posts for water and sewer connections are required.
Moving a Building
Moving a building requires a Moving a Building off-site application. If you are moving a house and it will be relocated within the Town limits, you will also require a Building Permit for the new location and may require a Development Permit. The building mover is required to obtain a permit from Alberta Transportation when moving a building into or out of Town.
Property Assessment & Taxes
Removing or demolishing a building affects the property assessment and; therefore, affects property taxes. If the building being demolished or removed from the site will not be replaced, notify the Assessment Department at email@example.com or phone 403-652-2110 to have your property assessment adjusted accordingly.
EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2017 all plumbing, gas and electrical inspections are to be scheduled with the Town of High River Safety Codes Department by:
Calling 403-603-3468 or;
Please note: We are no longer accepting permit applications via fax. Please save the below documents to your device, fill them out and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing.
The Town of High River is authorized through Quality Management Plans to issue plumbing, electrical and gas permits, and Safety Codes is responsible for such issuance. All permits must be acquired prior to undertaking any work, and failure to do so may result in an additional fee being assessed. Applicants should also be advised that in cases where the project involves a building permit, the building permit must be acquired before a plumbing, electrical or gas permit will be released.
Electrical Permits are NOT required for:
Electrical Permits are required for:
Gas Permits are NOT required for:
Gas Permits are required for:
To book an inspection for gas, plumbing and electrical permits:
To book an inspection for a building permit:
Please fill out the form below and a Permits Staff Member will confirm an inspection date with you.
OR phone 403.603.3412 Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.