Electrical, Plumbing & Gas (Safety Codes) Permits
Safety Codes (Electrical, Plumbing & Gas) permits are required under the Alberta Safety Codes Act to make sure the work being done is safe and to code. If development or building permits are also required, Safety Codes permits cannot be issued unless the related permits have been issued first.
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All changes, such as installing, altering or adding to an electrical system require an electrical permit and inspection as per the Alberta Safety Codes Act.
The Alberta Safety Codes Act requires that gas or propane will only be supplied if the permit issuer notifies the supplier that a permit has been issued and an inspection is completed for installation.
Any installations, alterations or additions to a plumbing system require a plumbing permit and inspection as per the Alberta Safety Codes Act. Installation of a water service, sanitary line or storm sewer requires a permit. The installation of plumbing fixtures in a single-family home after the piping has been done, under a separate permit, does not require a new permit.
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 & Development 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 website.