A permit is always required to install, alter or add to a gas system and to ensure that all gas piping systems comply with the Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code (B149.1-10). A qualified gasfitter, licensed by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo must submit the gas permit application unless the work is done under a Homeowner’s Permit.
A gas permit is not required for the replacement of a dryer, range, water heater or gas furnace if:
- It is located in a Single Family Dwelling
- There is no design change in any gas piping or venting system
A permit to carry out gas fitting work may be issued to the following persons:
- A trained journeyman gas fitter
A trained journeyman gas fitter can submit a Gas Permit Application by dropping it off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online through E-Permitting.
If you have no experience with gas fitting, it is best to hire a professional gas fitter who is eligible to receive permits. Work done by inexperienced installers may need expensive corrections and may in fact be dangerous.
However, as a homeowner who resides in a single family residential dwelling, you can apply for a Homeowners Permit for the installation of building systems in that dwelling.
As a homeowner, you can apply for a Homeowners Permit if:
- You own and reside at the building where the work is to be done
- The work is to be completed for a Single Family Dwelling
- You are capable of ensuring the work will be done in accordance with the Alberta Gas Code.
- You are doing additions and alterations to the gas system only.
Please complete the Gas Permit Application and a Declaration of Homeowner for Permit and drop them off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online through E-Permitting.
You may not apply for a Homeowner’s Permit if you:
- You are not personally installing the gas piping
- You are not a trained gas fitter.
- You are installing a new gas service to a residence
A Safety Codes Officer or Permit Issuer may cancel or suspend a permit if he/she is aware that:
- In the case of an addition or alteration, the existing undertaking is unsafe or will reduce the level of safety of the undertaking governed by the permit to below that which is intended by the Act and Regulations, codes, standards or body of rules declared to be in force pursuant to the Act.
- Incorrect or insufficient information is submitted with respect to the permit or the undertaking to be governed by the permit.
- In the opinion of the permit issuer, the undertaking for which the permit would be or has been issued would or does contravene the Act or another enactment
- The permit fee has not been paid
- There is a contravention of any condition under which the permit was issued or the permit was issued in error.
Expiration of a Permit
A gas permit expires if the work has not started within 90 days of the issuance or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 120 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 90 days. Permits are good for a year provided work is progressing
Now you are able to submit your application, drawings and payment online with E-Permitting.