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Plumbing Permits

A plumbing permit is required to install, renew, remove or change any plumbing equipment or a plumbing system. A qualified plumber licensed by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo must submit the permit application unless the work is done under a Homeowner’s Permit.

A Plumbing Permit is not required to install plumbing in a Single Family Dwelling if the rough-in piping has been completed under another permit.

Licensed Contractors

The completed Plumbing Permit Application can be dropped off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online through E-Permitting.

Homeowner's Permit

If you have no experience with plumbing, it is best to hire a licensed plumber 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:

  • You own and reside at the building where the work is to be done
  • You will be personally installing the plumbing system
  • You are capable of ensuring the work will be done in accordance with the National Plumbing Code of Canada.

Please complete the Plumbing Permit Application, a Declaration of Homeowner for Permit and a piping drawing of the work to be done and drop them off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online through E-Permitting.

You many not apply for a Homeowner’s Permit if you:

  • You are not personally doing the plumbing
  • You are not a qualified plumber

Permit Cancellation

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 plumbing 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.

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