What is a Building Permit?

A Building Permit can be regarded as formal permission from Rocky View County to begin construction, demolition, addition or renovation to a property. Building Services staff must review the building plans to ensure that they comply with the Alberta Building Code, Fire Code and Safety Codes Act, the County’s Land Use Bylaw, and other applicable regulations.

When You Need a Permit

Building permits are required for the relocation, construction, demolition, and alteration of any building over 107 square feet (10 m2) in the county. Some of the projects requiring a permit include:

  • Building a house or addition
  • Building a garage, shed, barn, etc.
  • Finishing a basement
  • Building a deck
  • Installing a pool or hot tub
  • Installing a wood stove or fireplace insert
  • Full project list

To confirm whether or not a project requires building permits, contact Building Services at 403.230.1401.

Next Step: Get a Building Permit

When a Permit is not Required

Building permits are not required for minor repairs and replacements that do not affect the structural integrity of a building. Some of the projects that do not require a permit include:

  • Re-insulating or adding insulation
  • Window or door replacement providing the opening is not enlarged
  • Furnace and hot water tank replacements, adding on cooling systems
  • Repair or replacement of plumbing fixtures
  • Re-roofing, except where structural work is involved
  • Minor exterior repairs and siding

To confirm whether or not a project requires building permits, contact Building Services at 403.230.1401.

Why are Permits Required?

The building permit process protects both the owner's interests and those of the community at large. It also helps to ensure that any structural change is safe. Failure to obtain proper Building Permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal of work already completed.


Building Services
T: 403.230.1401
F: 403.277.3066

911 32 Ave NE
Calgary, Alberta
T2E 6X6

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday
Office closed on statutory holidays.

Building Inspections

Building inspectors at a building site

When your project is ready, you can book an inspection right from this website.