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Purpose & Benefits of Obtaining a Permit

Purpose benefits icon.jpg Purpose of acquiring proper permits , and the value to members of the construction community and the Homeowner.

 

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  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
  • Demolition
  • 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)