Most types of construction projects require both a Development Permit and a Building Permit. A building permit is needed for construction or major renovations of a building, alteration, installation, repair , relocation, demolition and removal of a building, a change in the intended use of a building, or if any project affects health and safety. Structural stability of buildings and the health and safety of the building’s occupants are key reasons for building permits. Building permits are not required for painting, decorating, re-flooring or re-siding provided that there is no matters affecting health and safety and there is no structural change. A change of occupancy of a building may drive the requirement for a building inspection. Development Permits are issued by the Town of Westlock to confirm that your proposed construction project meets Municipal zoning requirements for the specific location.
Building permits are required under the Alberta Safety Codes Act to make sure the construction and use of the building or equipment will be safe. If a development permit is also required, building permits cannot be issued unless a Development Permit has been issued first.
The Town of Westlock is an accredited municipality under the provincial Safety Codes Act. The Safety Codes Act requires that all contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain permits prior to commencing work on buildings covered by the Alberta Building and Fire Codes, the Canadian Electrical Code, the Gas Codes, or the National Plumbing Code. Where a permit is required under the Safety Codes Act neither the Town nor its contracted agency has the discretion to waive the requirement. The Town of Westlock, as an accredited municipality, is responsible to assist customers with their applications and permits and to follow up to see that work is inspected and files are closed properly.
To apply for a permit in the building, plumbing, gas or electrical discipline in Westlock please contact the Town Office. Contact the Planning Department if you are unsure if you need a permit. Additional information links and forms are provided on our website.
Safety Codes Permits are required to ensure that work on buildings will conform to construction and safety standards as accepted under the Safety Codes Act and inspections will be provided by certified Safety Codes Officers. Insurability and claims may be adversely affected when work is undertaken without permits or when deficiencies are identified and not remedied.
The major benefits of obtaining a permit are:
- knowing that the installation will conform to construction and safety standards that have been accepted under the Safety Codes Act, and
- that inspection(s) will be provided by certified Safety Codes Officers.
- Insurability and claims may be adversely affected when work is undertaken without permits or when deficiencies are identified and not remedied.
For technical information related to the various codes, contact Municipal Affairs Communication and Inquiry Centre: 1-866-421-6929 (Note: Local callers must dial the 1-866) or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code and Permit information can also be obtained by visiting the Safety Services Discussion Forum or the Ask An Expert web page. Both can be found at the Alberta Municipal Affairs web site.