What Permits Do I Need For a Basement Development?
You may need one or more of the following permits for your basement development project depending upon the nature of work and changes you are going to make:
⦁ Development Permit
You will need to obtain a development permit if:
- Your property is located within 6.0 m of the floodway and you wish to make exterior alterations.
- Proposing an exterior change that disrupts a free and clear side yard required on your property
- Proposing a development that is not in compliance with the Land Use Bylaw.
⦁ Building Permit
For constructing a new basement and for any renovations (except strictly cosmetic renovations) you will need to get a building permit. Make sure to note that there is an entirely different process if you are converting the basement into a secondary suite.
⦁ Trade Permit
If you are planning to take up a DIY, basement development project, you will also need to obtain a trade permit that includes permits for electrical, plumbing, fireplace and gas installation. To get this particular kind of permit, one needs to fulfill the following conditions:
⦁ You should be the owner of the home and have proof of ownership
⦁ You should be living in the home
⦁ You will perform all the work yourself and not use a contractor
Those who are hiring a contractor do not need to have this permit. Be sure that the contractor you use has a valid business license from the City of Calgary and all the relevant permits.
How to Apply For Permit?
For obtaining the permit(s) you need to submit the following at the customer service counter of the Department & Building Approvals, located on the 3rd floor of the Calgary Municipal Building:
⦁ Names of all contractors who are going to work on your basement development project
⦁ 2 sets of complete building plans
Note that if you are going to add or enlarge windows you will also be required to submit 2 sets each of site plans and elevation drawings showing the side of the home that will be affected by the renovation project
⦁ Depending on the permit you need, you will be required to submit an application fee as well.
How Long Will It Take To Get the Permit?
If your application is complete and abides by the laws and regulations of Alberta Building Code and City of Calgary Land Use Bylaw, your basement development application will be processed on the same day.
Even if you are hiring a contractor for the basement development work, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure that the contractor has a valid City of Calgary business license and all the required permits.
To ensure that you are not being deceived by a contractor, hire one who has the experience as well as a good reputation in this field.
Hiring a reliable contractor, like Aspire Renovations, will save you from getting involved in complicated legal procedures. Hiring a General contractor will save you time and money in the long run and ensure your renovation project is completed the way you always dreamed it would be.