Occupancy Permits and Change of Use
Occupancy permits should be applied for at least one week in advance to allow all organizations involved to schedule for the inspection.
Occupancy as defined by the Alberta Building Code is: "The use or intended use of a building or part thereof for the shelter or support of persons, animals or property".
An Occupancy Permit is written permission allowing a building to be occupied after construction, alteration, or a change in occupancy of the building.
Change of Use:
Change of Use is a change to the occupancy type (use or intended use) of a building, and therefore an Occupancy Permit is required, even if no construction or alterations are anticipated.
Barrier-Free access must be considered when changing the use of a buildings. The Barrier-Free Design Guide is available from the Safety Codes Council website by clicking here.
When should an occupancy be scheduled?
When your construction is nearing completion you should apply for your Occupancy Permit.