When do I need a permit?
If you are
planning on building or renovation a structure, you will require one or all of
the following permits—Development, Building, Electrical, Gas, and/or Plumbing.
Is there a difference between a development permit and
a building permit?
Yes. A development permit process is based on
the Municipal Government Act and the Land-Use By-Law and allows a specific
type of development on a specific parcel of land in the municipality to proceed
with the zoning and development bylaws of the Town. A development permit
specifies the permitted and discretionary uses, building height, site coverage,
setbacks from property lines, and other buildings and parking requirements.
A development permit allows construction of buildings or structure to proceed on
condition of compliance with the Alberta
Building Code, which addresses building and fire safety. A building permit
is required for the construction, alteration, repair, relocation, demolition,
or change of use of a building.
What type of work requires a permit?
Codes Act requires that all contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain
permits prior to commencing work on buildings covered by the Alberta Building
Code or work governed by the Canadian Electrical Code, the Alberta Gas Code or
the Alberta Plumbing Code.
What are the benefits of obtaining a permit?
benefits of obtaining a permit are knowing that the installation will conform
to the safety standards that have been adopted under the Safety Codes Act,
and that inspection(s) will be provided by certified safety codes officers.
What services can I expect to receive for a permit?
you can normally expect to receive include: a permit, plans examination (if
applicable), inspection(s) by certified safety codes officers, inspection
report(s), follow-up of deficiencies and/or unsafe conditions, technical
advice, and a status report at the completion of the project.
Where can I build my structure?
Each property in
Town is given a land use district. Each district has different rules and
regulations. To find out what district your property is zoned, check out the Grande Cache Land Use District Map.
Do I need a permit to build a deck?
If your deck is
more than 0.60 meters (two feet) above grade, you require both a development
permit and a building permit. See resources Alberta Municipal Affairs Codes and Permit information.
Can I have a secondary suite in my home?
suite means an accessory self-contained dwelling unit contained within a
principal dwelling or in an accessory building. Typical uses include such
dwelling units commonly referred to as basement suites, in-law suites, garage
suites, and garden suites. See resources Alberta Municipal Affairs Codes and Permit information.
Each property in
Town is given a land use district. Each zone has different rules and
regulations whereby some district allows for secondary suites and some do not. This
information is found in the Land Use Bylaw or contact the
Planning and Development department at 780.827.3362.
To have a secondary suite,
in a location that allows it, will require an approved development permit,
building permit, and any additional permits necessary prior to construction. See Application & Forms section.
What is a Real Property Report?
A Real Property
Report (RPR) is a legal document of your site plan/plot/plan and is prepared by
a registered Alberta Land Surveyor. The RPR will give lot dimensions, locations
and dimensions of buildings, improvements, right-of-way, and encroachments
relative to property boundaries. The cost of obtaining a RPR may vary and are
not associated with Grande Cache. For more information, see link in resources
section "Alberta Land Surveyors' Association."
a residential or commercial lot, the Development Authority will make obtaining
a RPR a condition on your development permit to insure that the development is
compliant with the Land Use Bylaw.
What is a compliance certificate or compliance stamp?
The Planning and
Development department will review your RPR to determine compliance with the
Grande Cache Land Use Bylaw and provides a signed acknowledgement that
your property is in compliance.