Construction Permits

Do I need a Permit?

Permits are required for the construction, demolition, alteration or change in occupancy or to any work in the Town of Three Hills in accordance with the Alberta  Safety Codes Act . Some of the projects requiring a permit include (but are not limited to):
  • Construction of a building, includes renovation, relocation of a building (i.e. mobile or modular home) or an addition to a building;
  • Construction or placement of a temporary structure;
  • Change in occupancy of a building (converting a building from one use to another);
  • Installation of a solid fuel fired appliance (wood or pellet stove);
  • Interior alterations (i.e. adding or removing walls, finishing a basement);
  • Construction or installation of above ground, on ground or in ground swimming pool with water depth greater than 2 feet and any fence surrounding a swimming pool;
  • Placement of a hot tub;
  • Maintenance or repairs that are structural in nature or restoration of a building (i.e. following fire damage);
  • Construction of a deck;
  • Alterations to heating/ventilation systems, and; 
  • Any construction where health or safety matters are a concern.
Ask yourself the following:
  1. Am I constructing, renovating, altering, repairing, relocating or demolishing any building?  Will there be any structural change to that building?  Will the cost be over $5000.00?
  2. Am I installing, altering or adding to any electrical system? 
  3. Am I installing, altering or adding to any gas system?
  4. Am I installing, altering to adding to any plumbing system? 
If you answered yes to any of the following questions, contact the Town for more information. 
Why do I need a Permit?
Alberta’s Permit Regulation establishes permit requirements in the following disciplines: 
  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Fire
  • 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 Town Office.
Find more information on construction permits and codes here: