A development permit is required to construct a new building, alter an existing building, construct an accessory building, demolition of an existing building or change the use of a building or portion of a building within the Town of Bashaw except where expressly exempted in Section 8 of the Land Use Bylaw. A development permit is also required for signs and fences.
Supporting plans and documentation, and a recent title must accompany a development permit application.
Anyone can make an application, whether or not they own the property concerned, provided they have a letter of authorization from the current property owner.
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The following Development Permit Application and/or Demolition Permit are to be completed with the originals being provided to the Town office along with the applicable fees:
Additional permits for buidling, electrical, plumbing, gas and heating may also be required for most home renovations and constructions. It is always best to contact the Town of Bashaw Development Officer prior to commencing work to make sure that you have your permits in order, or in fact do not need a permit. Should work be done that requires, but does not have a valid Building Permit, the Town will place a Stop Work Order on the premises and may levy fines or cause the work to be dismantled at the owners expense.
The Town of Bashaw Inspections Service Provider is IJD Inspections Ltd. an authorized Accredited Agency pursuant to the Safety Codes Act of Alberta and is authorized by Alberta Municpal Affairs.
Once approval has been given for your development permit, buildings permits are available through IJD Inspections Ltd. You can also reach them by telephone at 1-877-617-8776.
PERMITS WITH RESPECT TO FIRE PITS
A Permit must be obtained from the Town of Bashaw for all residents wishing to install a backyard fire pit, outdoor fireplaces and stationary barbecues (including chimineas and portable fire pits) as per Fire Pit Bylaw.
RISKS OF WORKING WITHOUT A PERMIT
WHY YOU NEED A PERMIT
There are numerous laws and regulations that relate to construction and renovation work – the building bylaw, zoing regulations, codes for plubming and electrical systems, and so on.
Permits will only be issued for work that is allowed under these regulations. Permits work in conjunction with inspections, which ensure that the work that was planned (according to the permit) was actually done, and was done correctly and safely.
THE TOWN IS HERE TO HELP
For information specific to the propsed project on your property, call the Development Officer at 780-372-3911. Our staff will help you determine which permits you need and help you navigate through the process, so you can speak to your contractor with confidence.
IF YOU FIND OUT YOU NEED A PERMIT AFTER THE WORK HAS STARTED
The Town understands that home owners and contractors, in their enthusiasm to get started, sometimes forget to get permits, or do not realize that permits are required.
If you do not have a permit for work that has already started, and it turns out you need a permit for that work, you could face serious and potentially costly consequences, including:
- A “work without permit” penalty. This is typically double the original permit fee
- A delay while your permit application is processed. All work must stop during this time. The original timeline and fees to process an application still apply.
- Possibly having to undo the work that was done.
- Possibly having to do more work than you had originally planned and budgeted for, such as adding fire sprinklers or making seismic upgrades.
- Possible legal and/or financial issues down the road, such as impacts on selling your property or making an insurance claim.
NOTE: As the homeowner, you are responsible for paying these fees or penalties yourself even if you have hired a contractor who assured you that permits were not needed.