Starting February 1, 2014 every new home built in Alberta will need warranty coverage. This means that all building permits for new home construction applied for after February 1, 2014 will need to meet the requirements of the New Home Buyer Protection Act.
More information about the new home warranty standards and warranty providers in Alberta is available at http://www.homewarranty.alberta.ca. Information on how to verify a proof of warranty is available in the NHBPS Permit Issuer User Manual (PDF).
NEW - Starting December 1, 2017: every new home built in Alberta must be built by somebody with a valid builder licence.
With the implementation of builder licensing, permit issuers are required to check that a builder is licensed. There are three ways to confirm licence status:
- Registrar's Home Registry Certificate
- Certificate of Licence
- Builder Registry
As a municipality, you are responsible for confirming the warranty coverage or authorization is in place, and are responsible for confirming proof of licence.
Please note that any building permits applied for before December 1, 2017, may be "grandfathered", and any new permits applied for beginning December 1, 2017 onwards would require a licence. For further information, please see the memorandum from the Registrar.
A list of frequently asked questions on builder licensing is available here.