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Dwellings and additions

Whether you are building a new house (dwelling) or adding onto an existing house (dwelling), you will need a number of permits throughout the process.

The following information will assist you.

When is a permit required?

To build a new dwelling or an addition, you must apply for the necessary permits in order to ensure the proposed work meets the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw and Alberta Building Code. The following is a list of permits that may be required, depending on your project:

  • Development Permit
  • Building Permit
  • Electrical (underground and interior)
  • Plumbing (underground and interior)
  • Gas (underground and interior)
  • Private Sewage Disposal

The setbacks from property lines, height, site coverage etc. depend upon the specific zoning of your property.

The following links will provide general information based on two categories urban and rural and agricultural. To confirm your zoning, please view our Land Use Bylaw links below or contact Planning and Development Services at 780-464-8080.

To determine the zoning of an area see Land Use Maps.

Provincial requirements for development permits 

Directive 079 states that an application for a development permit for a new building that will be larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft), or an addition to or an alteration of an existing building that will result in the building being larger than 47 sq. meters (506 sq. ft) must identify the location or confirm the absence of any abandoned wells using the GeoDiscover Map or ERCB Map. 

Click here to read Directive 079 before using the Map Viewer. 

Once it is determined that no abandoned wells are located on the property, applicants can submit the Declaration of Absence of Abandoned Wells on property form with their development application. 

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) passed this directive in November 2012. If you have questions on these new requirements or on the Map Viewers, please contact the AER's Customer Contact Centre at 1-855-297-8311.

Did you know?

  • If you are located in a Direct Control district (DC) please contact Planing and Development Services for more information.
  • New dwellings or additions located within 800 m (2624.7 ft.) of a primary or secondary highway, require the consent of Alberta Transportation.
  • Dwellings or additions cannot be located on or over an easement or right-of-way.
  • Manufactured homes are not permitted in all districts. Please check with Planning and Development Services for more information.
  • The County does not have any restrictions on the size (as long as it complies with regulations such as setbacks, height and site coverage) or colour of dwellings. However, the developer of the area may have registered a caveat against your property. You can contact the developer or check your title for more information on caveats registered against your property.

Please see the list on the left to view the information appropriate to your area.

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Last updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Page ID: 39721