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Residential Building Permit: Single Family Dwelling

The Single Family Dwelling (SFD) application allows construction of one new home on an empty lot.

Supporting Document

Development Considerations

  • The first step of any project is obtaining Development approval.  Approval is obtained when a Development Officer reviews the submitted site plan and building drawings and determines that they meet the minimum requirements outlined in Land Use Bylaw 6300

  • Development officers review each application by first determining which zoning district the parcel is located in.  Each residential parcel in the City of Lethbridge has a specific zoning district assigned to it.  Within each zoning district is a set of requirements outlining both permitted and discretionary uses of the parcel, minimum parcel sizes, setbacks from parcel lines for principal and accessory buildings, heights of buildings, etc.

  • To determine the zoning district of your parcel, visit the Property Information Map, click the 'Property Search' button and enter your address. Once you have determined your zoning district, locate the corresponding district rules in Land Use Bylaw 6300 to determine the minimum requirements for your parcel.

Required Permits and Inspections

  • New Home Warranty/Exemption Number: every new home constructed in Alberta must be entered into the New Home Buyer Protection Public Registry with Alberta Municipal affairs, and will receive either a New Home Warranty number or Exemption number.

  • Lot Grading Permit: final grading of site must be verified after construction is completed by a Registered Professional - such as a Land Surveyor.

  • Plumbing Permit: may issued to the Homeowner or licensed contractor. A Rough-in and Final inspection are required. An optional Below-grade and Above-grade inspection are available.

Design Considerations

  • Footing & foundation, framing, insulation & vapor barrier, wiring, plumbing, gas and ventilation requirements are to be completed in accordance with applicable codes.
  • Egress windows for bedrooms must indicate the opening type and meet minimum safety requirements
  • Design requirements for Tall Walls are to be addressed.
  • Lethbridge Fire Response Time requirements are to be addressed.
  • Structural members must be specified (floor/roof/deck beams, garage door headers, basement window lintels, etc.)
  • Attic access locations and dimensions must be shown.
  • Engineered column and pad footing specifications must be provided on foundation plans for point loads in excess of 8000 lbs. unfactored (11600 lbs. factored) loads.
  • Unprotected area calculations for glazed openings in exterior walls must be provided.
  • ICF block foundations require a copy of the installers certification to be submitted.
  • Screw piles or cast in place friction piles are to be designed by a professional engineer.

Permit Application 

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Residential Building Permit:
  • Site plan (with Architectural Controls if applicable)
  • Floor plans for all floors
  • 4 sided building elevations
  • Cross section
  • Truss floor & roof layouts with corporate letter
  • Drawing Details –  ie) Tall wall (if applicable)
  • Engineered Drawings (if applicable)
  • New Home Warranty or Exemption Number
  • Soil Bearing Evaluation
Footing and Foundation:
  • Floor plan foundation for basement
  • Main floor truss layout
  • Elevations showing foundation
  • Cross section
  • Site Plan
  • Engineered Drawings – if applicable
Lot Grading:
  • Site Plan with Elevations
National Energy Code Of Canada for Building:

Please Note: 'reversed' or 'mirrored' drawings will not be accepted.