Now that spring has arrived, are you itching to get started on the renovations you’ve been dreaming about all winter?
Whether you plan to create a backyard oasis with a hot tub, build a deck or finally tackle the basement, be sure to check with the City to see if you require a permit.
Why Permits Matter
Getting a permit is part of keeping your home safe for your family and future families who may purchase your property.
“Permits are there to keep residents safe and to help protect their investments,” says Harold Wicke, Building Safety Codes Officer for the City of Chestermere. “We want to help residents avoid costly future issues that can result from sub-standard work.”
Alberta Safety Codes ensure that the structures in which we live, work and play meet standards to avoid collapse, fire and other potential dangers.
Getting your Permits
If you are building a new structure, or altering an existing one, chances are that you will be required to obtain a permit. The staff from the Development and Infrastructure Services Department can help you determine whether you require a permit and walk you through the process of obtaining one.
“Before you or your contractor pound that first nail, check to see if you need a permit,” says Planning and Development Services Manager, Jeff Gibeau. “We are committed to making this process as easy as possible for you and are more than happy to help,” says Gibeau.
Whether doing the work yourself or contracting it out, the ultimate responsibility to obtain permits lies with the homeowner. However, a licensed contractor can apply for permits on your behalf - provided they have proof of your authorization.
After the permit is issued and the construction has commenced, several stages of inspections will be performed by Safety Codes Inspectors for Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Gas compliance (depending on the project).
If you need advice or require adjustments to the application, just give the team a call.
“A typical construction project wraps up within a year. However, in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, the City has a Permit Extension Process. We want to help people make their home a safe structure that will last,” adds Gibeau.
Residents can call (403) 207-7075 for advice or visit www.chestermere.ca/permit