Benefits of Permits
By reading this, you’ve already taken the first step toward protecting the outcome and investment value of your construction project and possibly guarding against a lawsuit or injury. The following information describes how permits can work for you.
- Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes, the value of your investment may be reduced. If you decide to sell a home or a building that does not meet the minimum standards of the code you may be required to make costly repairs.
- You have access to Certified Safety Codes Officers who will advise you regarding compliance with the Alberta Building Code and other related codes.
- Your plans will be reviewed by a Certified Safety Codes Officer to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health and safety. A construction project meeting the minimum standards of safety will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends and future owners.
What Is a Permit?
A permit (building, plumbing, gas, HVAC and electrical) give you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.
When Do You Need a Permit?
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to contact the Building Inspection Services department of the City of Lethbridge and discuss your plans with a Safety Codes Officer before beginning construction to determine whether you need a permit.
Permits Are Typically Required for the Following:
- All New Residential and Commercial Buildings
- Residential Additions (Bedrooms, Family Rooms, Bathrooms, etc.)
- Commercial Additions and Renovations
- Residential Work (Decks, Garage, etc.)
- Residential Renovations (Basement Development, Structural Alterations, etc.)
- Electrical Systems
- Plumbing and Gas Systems
- Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
- Fireplaces and Wood Burning Appliances
Simple Permit Process
- Talk to a Safety Codes Officer
- Submit an Application (may require a Development Permit)
- Review Process
- Receive Permit
- On-Site Inspections
- Final Approval
Typical Required Plans
All construction plans will be reviewed by a certified Safety Codes Officer to verify that your project meets the minimum standards of construction required by the codes.
- Site Plan
- Floor Plan
- Foundation Plan
- Building Elevations
- Cross Sections
- Structural Details
- Mechanical Information
- Electrical Information
- Professional Endorsement (when required)