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Permits for Rebuilding a Total-Loss Structure


Residential Development Permit Info
Information package, checklists and application forms

Building Permit Application Checklist (Single Family Dwelling)

Building Permit (Basement Suite)

Building Permit (Accessory Structures)

Reference Guide to New Development

Bylaw 16-020 (Wildfire Overlay)
A Land Use Bylaw amendment providing a range of rebuilding options for properties most impacted by the Wildfire.

Fencing During Construction & Demolition

Drawing Plans: A How-To Guide

Related Links

Notice of Development Permits
See permits issued for fire-damaged properties covered by Overlay Bylaw 16/020.

Demolition Information & Permitting
Checklists, guidelines and an application form for demolition and cleanup efforts.

Demolition Orders
Setting timelines for the cleanup of destroyed properties.

Permits verify that a structure and its systems comply with existing codes and bylaws, and pose no risk of harm to occupants or the community. Permits are required by law to rebuild. Before applying for permits, you should be familiar with the Land Use Bylaw and aspects of the Alberta Building Code. If you have questions or designs that are non-conforming, you are encouraged to meet with a planner in the Planning and Development Department at Timberlea Landing, located at 309 Powder Drive.

To rebuild your home you will require both a Development Permit and a Building Permit. Follow these steps to obtain them and rebuild your home. If you are uninsured, or under-insured, there is additional help below.

Step 1: Acquire a Development Permit

A Development Permit ensures that your structure complies with the Land Use Bylaw and fits with the requirements of the community. Approval for a Development permit is required before you can apply for a Building Permit (Step 2, below).

This permit can be applied for while demolition and cleanup is still in progress; however, it will not be granted until your demolition is completed and it has passed inspection.

Development Permits are approved on a priority basis, based on the type of structure. Demolition Permits are first priority, followed by single family and semi-detached dwellings, then multi-family buildings, commercial projects and, lastly, accessory structures.

Timeline: Development Permits

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Step 2: Acquire a Building Permit

Residents can only apply for a Building Permit once their Development Permit has been approved. A Building Permit verifies that your structure meets the requirements set out in the Alberta Building Code. A Building Permit is required for your contractor to apply for electrical, plumbing and gas permits.

Important: Residents must have a New Home Warranty and the home builder must be registered with the Alberta New Home Warranty builder registry, which was announced on June 29, 2016. For more information, visit the Government of Alberta's home warranty website. Alberta New Home Warranty information must be submitted with the building permit application.

Building Permit turnaround times vary depending on the complexity of the project and on whether all required documentation has been submitted.

Missing paperwork may increase the wait time for your application approval. In some instances, a planner will ask for additional documents to support your application they did not foresee a need for before reviewing your application and understanding all the elements of your plans. If you receive a call for additional documentation, it may not be because you have forgotten something, but because the planner needs more details on an element of your structure.

Timeline: Building Permits

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Step 3: Start Building Your Project

Once your Building Permit is approved, you can start building. While your new structure is under construction, safety is top priority. Under the Safety Codes Act, Safety Codes inspections are mandatory. These must be requested by you, the permit holder, or an authorized representative at specific times during construction. Allow a minimum of two business days to schedule an inspection.

Timeline: Construction

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Step 4: Occupy Your Structure

When you have completed the construction of your home and all inspections are finalized, confirming that your home meets all code requirements, you are ready to move into your home! Be sure to retain all your inspection reports for your records.

Applying for Permits

Permit applications can be submitted in a number of ways:

In Person

Planning and Development Department 309 Powder Drive, Timberlea Landing Planning staff are available to assist with your application.


(Online permit applications can be submitted any time.)

Important Tips for Completing Your Permit Application

Don’t Have Insurance or are Under-insured?

Habitat for Humanity Wood Buffalo, Samaritan’s Purse, World Renew, Mennonite Disaster Services and FuseSocial are working together to try and assist those who have identified as uninsured or under-insured following the devastating fire in our community. Together, they have formed a working group entitled NGOs Supporting Uninsured and Underinsured Residents (NSUUR), which focuses on repairs and rebuilds for primary resident home owners within our region who are uninsured and underinsured.

NSUUR encourages community members who fall within these guidelines to call the PULSE Call Line at 780-743-7000 to start the application process. Once an initial needs assessment has been conducted, residents will be put in touch with an NSUUR representative who will conduct an in-depth screening process to determine qualified candidates.

Any specific questions or inquiries can be directed to nsuurwoodbuffalo@gmail.com. To reach NSUUR by phone, call 780-747-1201.