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 fail its scheduled Safety Codes inspection. Permits issued prior to 2017 will not require a placard, however contractors are encouraged to obtain and display one on site. Placards can be obtained by logging onto E-permitting and selecting the option to view and print Building permits, which include the placard.
Gas Appliance Ventilation Permit
For the installation of any gas appliance, residents will require Gas Appliance Ventilation permits. These permits are separate from a Gas Permit, which is required to install the gas line to the appliance. Requiring this permit will ensure the correct contractor is held responsible for the work they have completed.
It is important for your safety that you work with your contractor to make sure the appropriate permits are obtained and that inspections are completed prior to the use of a gas appliance.
Before developing a basement space for personal use or as a secondary suite, residents will require specific Safety Codes permits, even if the development is taking place at the same time as the rest of the home. For the community to be built safely and in full compliance with all legislation, specific building, electrical, plumbing, gas and appliance ventilation permits will be required for all basement developments.
This change will improve clarity around what work is permitted and will help homeowners make sure the work was completed and inspected according to all applicable Codes and to the Safety Codes Act.
All of the above changes take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
If you have any further questions, please contact Safety Codes Services at 780-799-8695 or visit the Planning and Development department at Timberlea Landing, located at 309 Powder Drive.