Building Permits

Safe Construction


Building permits are required to ensure that all buildings are safely designed and constructed in accordance with the Alberta Building Code.

It is necessary to obtain a building permit for:
  • Additions
  • All new construction
  • Changes in use
  • Redevelopment projects
  • Removal or demolition of buildings
  • Some renovations

Transition - Alberta Municipal Affairs

NEW - Alberta Building, Fire and Energy Efficiency Codes - Effective April 1, 2019. 
The link below is a Notice from Alberta Municipal Affairs that states the New National Building Code, Alberta Edition 2019, the New National Energy Code for Buildings 2017, and the New National Fire Code 2019,  Alberta Edition, will come into effect as of April 1, 2019.  For more information, please click the link below:

LINK: NOTICE - Alberta Building, Fire and Energy Efficiency Codes - Effective April 1, 2019 (PDF) 

The MD of Bighorn will accept complete Building Permit applications under the Alberta Building Code (ABC) 2014 edition until March 31, 2019. Any applications received after April 1, 2019 will be reviewed under the New National Building Code, Alberta Edition 2019, once that Code becomes available. 

During the 6-month transition period of April 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019, it will be to the discretion of the MD's Building Safety Codes Officer whether the MD will accept any plans prepared under the old ABC 2014. 

All Building Permits issued before March 31, 2019 will remain under the ABC 2014 edition, however, any amendments must adhere to the New National Building Code, Alberta Edition 2019. In essence any construction commenced before March 31, 2019 may continue to construct under the ABC 2014 edition. However, any contractor may voluntarily change the building plans and specifications to meet the New National Building Code, Alberta Edition 2019.  During the transition period, any previous construction or specifications deemed unsafe in the opinion of the MD’s Safety Codes Officer, under the old ABC 2014 edition, may require that the remedial work be updated to the New National Building Code, Alberta Edition 2019. 

Builder Licensing Program - Alberta Municipal Affairs

All builders or owner-builders, for any new residential dwellings and some additions will be required to provided their full provisional builders licencing number before issuance of a Building Permit from the MD. All Building Permit Applications received prior to May 1, 2018, maybe "grandfathered" and they will not need to demonstrate they have been issued a full provisional licence yet. 

Memo from New Home Buyer Protection Office:
Builder Licence Implementation and Building Permit Applications Memo - Alberta Municipal Affairs

Additional information:
New Home Warranties, Government of Alberta
Q&A, New Home Warranties 
Municipal Affairs toll-free at 1-866-421-6929

Changes in M.D. Building Permit Application Process

Please read the document below for summary on new building permit application review and drop off process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Development & Planning Department for assistance. 
MD PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS (PDF)

Building Permit Documents