How to Apply for a Building Permit
Building and subtrade permit applications are accepted by email and in person at our counter:
- Emailed building and subtrade permit applications can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person applications are accepted Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, on a first-come, first-served basis at:
Building Services Counter
262075 Rocky View Point
Rocky View County, AB, T4A 0X2
(map & hours)
The following outlines the general process for permit applications. The processes may differ slightly depending on the type of construction.
- Pre-application consultation: Applicants may arrange a meeting for a fee to discuss their proposed project by scheduling a pre-application meeting with Building Services.
- Application submission: Whether submitting your application in person or by email, all forms and required documentation are to be submitted to ensure timely review of your permit applications. Refer to the relevant checklist to assist in completing your application.
- All forms must be filled out in their entirety, including signatures where applicable. All contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for all owners, contractors and applicants must be provided.
- When submitting a permit application by email, please indicate in your email subject line that you are submitting a permit application, and reference an address. Example: ‘Building Permit Application for 123 Rocky View County Road’.
- Large file sizes may exceed our email server size limitations. Please make use of WeTransfer file sharing, or an equivalent that we can access, if necessary.
- When submitting applications in person, we accept and encourage plans and documents to be submitted in electronic format (e.g. on a USB).
- Evaluation of application: Within one to two business days, the application will undergo an administrative review and processing. The application is not considered complete until all required information and documents have been submitted.
- Fees: Permit fees will be calculated as part of the administrative review, and must be paid before your application proceeds to a technical review.
- Technical Review: The application will be reviewed for all technical and building code requirements.
- Permit issuance: Depending on the complexity of the project, applications may have a permit issued within one to two business days, or up to 15 business days. Once a permit is issued, the County must be notified of any changes. All permits expire one year from the date of issuance. All work must commence within 90 days from the date of issuance, and must not be suspended or abandoned for more than 120 days.
- Inspections: Safety Codes Officers for all trades and subtrades perform inspections at major phases of construction. It is the responsibility of all property owners and/or agents to be aware of inspection requirements and to schedule inspections at the specified stages of construction. The permit and a current copy of building and relevant subtrade plans must be kept on site and be made available for the inspection.
- Completion: A Permit Services Report stating the closed status of the permit(s) will be sent to the property owner within 30 days of all final inspections being passed.
- Permit renewals (if required): All permits expire one year from the date of issuance. If a permit expires before work has been started, or before all required inspections have been performed and passed, the applicant will be required to renew or reapply for a permit.
Building projects require different applications and processes depending on what is being built. The following list of building projects provides details and instructions specific to each task.