Building codes and standards

Building codes, standards, guidelines and forms.

Services and information

Information related to interpretations, clarifications, recommended practices or provincewide variances on Codes and Standards.

Energy efficiency requirements for buildings and housing.

Building code requirements for houses with a secondary suite.

Codes in force

The following codes in the building discipline are currently in force:

Historical code timeline

Alberta Building Code (ABC)

  • ABC 2014: In force from May 1, 2015 to November 30, 2019
  • ABC 2006: In force from September 2, 2007 to April 30, 2015
  • ABC 1997: In force from June 1, 1998 to September 1, 2007
  • ABC 1990: In force from September 1, 1991 to May 31, 1998

National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB)

  • NECB 2011: In force from November 1, 2015 to November 30, 2019
  • no prior editions of the code were adopted in Alberta

Advisories

Accessibility

The accessibility standards set out the requirements for the safe design of accessible and barrier-free environments regulated under the Safety Codes Act. Municipal Affairs works in partnership with the Safety Codes Council to coordinate and encourage barrier-free design and access for any thing, process or activity regulated under the act.

Barrier-Free Design Guide

In partnership with the Barrier-Free Sub-Council of the Safety Codes Council, the Public Safety Division has developed the Barrier-Free Design Guide to provide further interpretation and understanding of accessibility requirements under Section 3.8 of the Alberta Building Code. The guide also makes recommendations for best practice design solutions including residential living.

A copy of the guide is available for a free download in pdf from the Safety Codes Council.

Forms

Schedules

The ABC 2014 and the National Building Code 2019 – Alberta Edition (NBC-2019 AE) reference the following professional schedules.

Professional schedules ABC 2014

Professional schedules NBC-2019 AE

Resources

Other documents related to building codes and standards.

Contact

Connect with the Public Safety Division:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-1010 (within Canada and the United States)
Toll free: 1-866-421-6929 (within Canada)
Email: safety.services@gov.ab.ca