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July 21, 2017 2:31:00 PM

With summer now upon us, many residents will be getting ready to complete small projects around the house such as installing air conditioning units or hot tubs, starting accessory builds or renovating their homes. Before hiring a contractor to install, add or alter anything around your home, make sure they have a valid business license from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and that they have obtained all the permits needed to complete the work. If you plan on completing these projects yourself, permits may still be required. Small Installations When it comes to making small installations around the house, permits are often required. Depending on the unit you are installing, you may need to obtain an electrical, gas, plumbing ...

April 24, 2017 12:58:00 PM

With the onset of spring it is anticipated the majority of rebuild activity will be taking place in the region. Approving the necessary permits and completing inspections will be critical to a safe, efficient and compliant rebuild. Permits and inspections are not intended to put up road blocks or to delay residents from moving home, but rather they provide assurance to both the homeowner and the Municipality that the home is constructed safely and is compliant with all applicable codes. Anticipated turnaround times for permit applications will vary based on several factors. Approvals are given on a priority basis with single-family and semi-detached homes the top priority, followed by multi-family buildings, commercial projects and, lastly, accessory structures. In general, all ...

January 11, 2017 3:33:00 PM

All residents rebuilding their homes are reminded to track their permit and inspection progress, and ensure completion before reoccupying their homes. It is crucial that all Safety Codes inspections are completed to confirm your home is safe and compliant with the applicable building, electrical, plumbing and gas codes. Failure to comply could result in home owners and their families being exposed to unsafe conditions as a result of incomplete work and a sub-standard quality of work by contractors. Residents can track their permit and inspection progress online using Wood Buffalo Civic Insight. Upon completion of permits and inspections, ask your builder for copies of your site inspection report and permit services reports to help ensure the structure is built correctly ...

January 10, 2017 3:29:00 PM

Effective immediately, wildfire rebuild permits applied for online through the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s E-Permitting will now be exempt from submitting permit fees. Previously, there was no option to opt out of submitting fees online and home owners needed to submit a refund request. E-Permitting users need to keep in mind that, when applying for permits, the exempt fee button is for wildfire rebuild permits only. Regular permitting is not exempt and applicable fees are still required. Incorrectly submitted application will not be processed until the appropriate fees have been collected. Where permits have been issued and fees were paid, home owners are responsible to apply for a refund. To obtain a refund request form, contact the Planning & ...

December 20, 2016 3:26:00 PM

To improve safety and compliance with building legislation in the region, updates to three permit processes will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Building Permit Placards A permit placard will be provided for all building permits issued and it must be displayed at the construction site along with the civic address. Both the placard and the address identifying the site of the build must be clearly visible from the street. These identification tools are important for site inspections and crucial for the safety of all workers on site in the event of an accident because they will allow emergency services to locate the site quickly. If contractors fail to clearly display the placard and civic address the site will ...

December 19, 2016 3:24:00 PM

Stone Creek, Parsons Creek North and Walnut Crescent Contractors may accidentally cross-connect storm and sewer pipes in Stone Creek, Parsons Creek North and Walnut Crescent as these areas have three-connection services. Residents must work with their contractor to ensure a Utility Connection (UC) permit is obtained before reconnections are done and that a follow-up inspection is completed. If your home does not have a three-connection system, your contractor will not be required to obtain a UC permit. If you have questions about verifying your pipes are clear of blockages or the process for obtaining a UC permit, you can find more information at Residents are also encouraged to email or call the PULSE Line (780) 743-7000 ...

November 4, 2016 2:57:00 PM

Residents of 169 Abasand and 55 Beacon Hill homes can return home effective immediately, following a new recommendation from Dr. Karen Grimsrud, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH). Security checkpoints in Abasand and Beacon Hill are no longer active and all green homes in the region are accessible to residents, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing recovery effort. Residents of Abasand and Beacon Hill who have already returned are encouraged to welcome their neighbours home. Mobile security patrols will continue in all damaged areas until further notice. While the Phase 2B re-entry begins immediately, an Information Centre will be open in the gymnasium of Father Beauregard School (255 Athabasca Avenue) on Monday, November 7, 2016, from noon to 8 ...

September 30, 2016 2:51:00 PM

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is pleased to launch Wood Buffalo Civic Insight, a mobile-friendly tool that allows residents to view and monitor permitting and new construction activities in their neighbourhood. Residents can view detailed permitting, demolition and construction progress, including dates and the status of permits (i.e. applied, reviewed, issued, inspected or finalized) by inputting a street name or address, or by clicking on an address. The tool also provides workflow checks each month in addition to daily, weekly and monthly permit volumes. Residents can sign up for alerts, which offer up-to-date information about what’s happening with their property or properties in their neighbourhood. A comprehensive tour of the tool is also available. “It’s essential that the ...

September 1, 2016 2:50:00 PM

Following the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s (CMOH) revised recommendation issued on August 25, 2016, the Municipality is pleased to announce that the following CMOH Condition is removed from all Development Permits that have been issued for the areas of Abasand and Beacon Hill: Development and redevelopment within the Affected Areas of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways be temporarily restricted until these areas are declared by the Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Province of Alberta to be fit for human habitation. “This is an important step forward for our residents who have been patiently waiting to begin rebuilding in Abasand and Beacon Hill,” said Councillor Sheldon Germain, of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee. “I’m proud of this ...

August 15, 2016 2:49:00 PM

On August 11, 2016, the Municipality issued the first rebuilding permit since the May 2016 wildfire that destroyed over 2,400 homes and structures. “The desire to rebuild our region has been constant since the earliest days of recovery, following the wildfire,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “While the process of our region’s rebuild requires a careful approach, I believe an important part of that is to recognize when steps are taken in the right direction and to celebrate them.” “This is an important milestone in our recovery,” said Jeanette Bancarz, Chair of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee. "With hundreds of families yet to reach this stage, the Wildfire Recovery Committee and Task Force will be here to ...

July 27, 2016 2:41:00 PM

As part of continued efforts to support community recovery, the Municipality has issued an Order to Remedy Dangers and Unsightly Property. This Order will be a vital tool in allowing residents to plan for the future and will speed the process of demolition and debris removal. The Order has been issued to the owners of every structure that was irreparably damaged or destroyed by the May 2016 wildfire. The Order is a necessary next step in the recovery process, as it will allow the community to move forward together with a common sense of direction. It provides owners of impacted properties a timeline to decide upon their own course of action, while giving the municipality the ability to protect the ...

July 13, 2016 9:41:00 AM

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Safety Code Branch will be administering the 2015 Natural gas and Propane Installation Codes that were adopted under the Gas Code Regulations January 1, 2016, which includes but is not limited to the B149.2-15 Propane Storage and Handling Code and the B149.1-15 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code.

March 7, 2016 11:10:00 AM

Starting April 1, 2016, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will be enforcing the terms and conditions of the Homeowner Safety Codes Permit. If a homeowner residing at a property is hiring a contractor to complete any work to an electrical, plumbing or gas system, the qualified professional is now responsible for obtaining the permits and requesting the required inspections. However, if the homeowner residing at the property is completing the work him or herself, the homeowner must obtain a permit to complete work and are required to request an inspection from the Safety Codes branch.

September 16, 2015 1:04:00 PM

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will be making a few minor changes to the compliance monitoring process in order to achieve a complete building for occupancy. There has been a misunderstanding for many years that when a final building inspection is completed, the building is safe to occupy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There could be outstanding deficiencies in the electrical, plumbing and gas disciplines or the inspections could not have been requested.

September 16, 2015 10:28:00 AM

The RMWB is required to issue most permits within 15 business days for industrial projects from the time the application is accepted. This will vary depending on the complexity of a structure and whether or not all the required documentation is submitted. The plan is to achieve a five-day building permit issuance on residential applications.

September 16, 2015 10:06:00 AM

The Uniform Quality Management Plan (UQMP) has been revised and has increased the minimum number of inspections required by the RMWB to ensure that all projects are thoroughly inspected and documented. Permit issuance will now be quicker than ever because we have increased the number of Safety Codes Officers to 10 and have a full-time Plans Examiner.

September 16, 2015 9:52:00 AM

Inspection Services will be provided by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Safety Codes Officers rather than by Superior Safety Codes. As of January 5, 2015, The Planning and Development Safety Codes Services Branch of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is bringing all inspection services in-house.


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