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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.

Permit applicants are responsible for scheduling appropriate inspections in order to complete the compliance monitoring process and close the permit. In order to facilitate a streamlined, final inspection process to allow the use or occupancy of a building, the RMWB will be requiring that all sub-trade permits such as electrical, plumbing and gas, are inspected and closed without deficiencies prior to the scheduling of the final building inspection. This puts the responsibility on the general contractor to ensure sub-contractors have their inspections completed. This will also provide verification to the general contractor that sub-contractor invoicing can be paid.

There may be times that this is not practical on more complex projects. With the Building Safety Codes Officers’ and Supervisor’s approval, variations to the process could occur and conditional occupancies may be granted where appropriate.

If you have any questions or concerns with this change in process, please contact Safety Codes Services at 780-743-7813 or inspections@rmwb.ca or visit us at 309 Powder Drive.

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