Construction Permits

 Alberta’s Permit Regulation establishes permit requirements in the following disciplines:

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Fire (petroleum tanks only)
  • Gas
  • Plumbing
The  Safety Codes Act requires that all contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain permits prior to commencing work on buildings covered by the Alberta Building Code or work governed by the Canadian Electrical Code, the Alberta Gas Code or the Alberta Plumbing Code.
Further information to assist with permit regulation can be found in the  Permit Regulation Handbook.
A variety of local bylaws and provincial regulations govern when you need a permit. This may also vary with the specific circumstances surrounding your project. It is always best to check with the Town of Three Hills before starting any new work.  
Permit Applications can be submitted to the Town of Three Hills office with the applicable fee.  The Town partners with  Superior Safety Codes to provide permits and inspections within municipal boundaries.  Building permit applications will be forwarded to Superior Safety Codes for plan review and permit issuance.  Electrical, plumbing, gas and fire permits are issued at the office.
Mandatory Home Warranties for Albertans

The New Home Buyer Protection Act came into effect on February 1, 2014, requiring builders to provide home warranty coverage for all new homes built in the province. New homes (single detached family homes/duplexes/multi-family homes/condominiums/manufactured homes/recreational properties) include, at minimum, a warranty for:

  • one year labour and materials
  • two years for defects in labour and materials related to delivery and distribution systems
  • five years building envelope protection, with a requirement for the warranty provider to offer the consumer the option to purchase additional years of coverage
  • 10 years' coverage for major structural components
Learn more about Alberta’s better warranty standards and get to know your role at   Home Warranty Alberta
National Energy Code in effect November 1, 2016
Alberta has adopted by regulation the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2011 edition and energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings under section 9.36 of the 2014 Alberta Building Code edition coming into force November 1, 2016.

Improving energy efficiency standards for building construction codes supports Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy, which looks to energy efficiency and conservation as one of the three main approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing demand on Alberta’s energy resources.

The development of the new Model National Energy Codes started in 2007 at the initiation of the Council of Energy Ministers from across Canada. In 2008, all provincial and territorial governments endorsed the upgrading of the original 1997 Model National Energy Codes by 2012 for both buildings and houses. The development of the new energy efficiency codes has been undertaken by the National Research Council (NRC) with full participation of all provinces and territories.

The NECB and energy efficiency requirements for houses and small buildings in the NBC is the result of an extensive consultation process involving stakeholders from Canadian industry, multiple levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal), the construction industry, and the general public. It was developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes with technical support and funding provided by NRC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as part of its commitment to improving the energy efficiency of Canadian buildings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The energy codes place Canada on a comparable footing with most countries that lead the world in energy efficient building construction.

Find More Information on Energy Codes Here:
To view detailed information on energy codes, please access the following links: 

 STANDATA - Application of Energy Efficiency Requirements and Enforcement Dates

 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings - Home Page

 Energy Codes Overview Presentation

 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) Presentation

 Energy Efficiency in Housing and Small Buildings (Section 9.36. of the Alberta Building Code 2014) Presentation


New Builder Licensing Effective December 1, 2017


What’s Changing?

Beginning December 1, 2017, new requirements will be in effect for residential builders in Alberta. All residential builders will be required to have a builder licence in order to construct new homes.
After consulting with Albertans earlier this year, amendments were made to the New Home Buyer Protection Act to establish licensing requirements for residential builders. Legislation and regulations will come into force December 1, 2017.
Builder licensing will apply to anyone constructing new homes, including condominiums and large multi-family homes, as well as renovations when a residential construction project requires new home warranty coverage.
Key Dates

December 1, 2017 - Program requirements come into effect. Provisional licences are issued to existing builders in good standing.
March 31, 2018 - All builders, including those with a provisional licence, are encouraged to submit their licence application before this date.
May 1, 2018 - Provisional licences expire. All builders must apply for a licence in order to obtain new building permits and to build new homes in Alberta.
Find More Information on Builder Licensing here:
Find more information on construction permits and codes here: 

  Alberta Municipal Affairs Codes & Permits