Changes due to COVID-19

Ministerial Order TCS:003/20 that allowed for the suspension or modification of requirements under the Safety Codes Act in support of the pandemic response expired on August 14, 2020.

The order may be reissued at any time if another public state of health emergency is declared by the province or a local state of public health emergency is declared by a regional health authority for all or part of that region.

Permits that were issued under the Ministerial Order continue to be valid. The Ministerial Order was retroactive to the provincial state of public health emergency declared on March 17, 2020 and all facility sites that met the conditions of the order are in compliance with the Safety Codes Act and may remain with the modified conditions.

The flexibility provided under the Order was key to the risk-based approach on permits and inspections for temporary health facilities, such as converting restaurant drive-thrus into testing drive-thrus and hotels and convention centres into isolation or medical facilities.

As accredited municipalities are responsible for the administration of the Safety Codes Act in their jurisdiction, including the carrying out of its powers and duties under the Act, the optional modified permit form and guidelines available at the Safety Codes Council may continue to be used or the accredited municipality may adapt the permit form to support local conditions.

For any technical inquiries, see the contact information at the end of this page.

Overview

All building, electrical, gas, plumbing, private sewage disposal and petroleum tank projects that fall under the Safety Codes Act, must meet the requirements of the provincial law.

Primary responsibility for safety codes compliance rests with the owner of the building or installation in question.

When a permit is required

The Safety Codes Act requires you have appropriate permit(s) before:

  • selling
  • constructing
  • controlling
  • operating
  • supervising
  • undertaking any process or activity

What permits provide

You can expect the following once you have obtained a permit:

  • access to expert advice before costly mistakes are made
  • record of having done your due diligence to comply with the codes and standards
  • informs the jurisdiction with the responsibility for administering the Safety Codes Act that the project is taking place
  • additional oversight at the early stages of a project through services such as plans or design review
  • an inspection by a trained and certified safety codes officer

Where to get a permit

Permits are available through municipalities that are accredited to administer the Safety Codes Act, and agencies that provide inspection services on behalf of the province in non-accredited municipalities.

Administering services

Alberta’s safety codes system relies on municipalities or agencies to administer and/or provide services under the Safety Codes Act.

Accredited municipalities and regional services commissions provide services directly to Albertans or contract services to inspection agencies.

An accredited agency provides services in non-accredited areas of the province under the oversight of the Alberta Safety Codes Authority (ASCA), which is a division of the Safety Codes Council.

For more information about permits, visit the Safety Codes Council website.

Contact

Connect with Municipal Affairs:

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