Rebuild Permitting FAQ

The following are frequently asked questions regarding the rebuild and permitting process. If you have further questions that are not answered here and you cannot find information regarding them on our website, please call the Safety Codes Branch at 780-743-7813 or email

What has the Municipality done to accommodate the increased permitting demands during the rebuild?

The Safety Codes Branch has hired additional Safety Codes Officers and has engaged two third-party inspection agencies to accommodate the increased permit volume.

How long will it take for my Safety Codes permit to be approved?

Complete permit applications require four to 20 business days for approval. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed.

How can I make the permitting and inspection process move more quickly?

To avoid delays, applicable application checklists must be completed. Failure to provide complete applications will delay the permit process.

To avoid delays in the inspection process, work must be completed before the builder or contractor requests an inspection.

Do I need a permit for my private sewer system?

You may require a permit if you are rebuilding or repairing a home that has a private sewer system and

  • your home had an in-ground treatment system that had never been permitted
  • and/or the system failed at some point in the past
  • and/or the system was damaged or destroyed as a result of the wildfire

What steps do I need to take before I move into my newly rebuilt home?

Before you move into your newly rebuilt home, the Municipality recommends that you complete a pre-occupancy checklist. Completing this checklist will help to ensure that you are not exposing yourself or your family members to any unsafe conditions that may result from incomplete, non-compliant or substandard work.

What is a zero lot line property?

A zero lot line property is a residential development where the buildings are located on the edge of the property line. In these cases, there is no yard between the building and the property line. Homes built on zero lot line properties can include single family homes, duplexes and triplexes.

What steps should I take to rebuild my zero lot line property?

Neighbours are encouraged to work together to determine the best development option and are encouraged to consult the zero lot line information package. If you have questions about zero lot line development options, contact the Planning & Development Department at or call 780-799-8695.

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