The Building Permit process is based on the Safety Codes Act and the Alberta Building Code, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code and Fire Code for the construction, alteration or addition for both Residential and Commercial Buildings. Plan reviews, approvals, and site inspections, are provided in accordance to the required codes by each discipline to ensure safety for all the citizens of the Town of Morinville.
A Building Permit applies to new buildings or structures, including retaining walls over a meter in height and swimming pools or hot tubs, and to demolitions, relocations, repairs or alterations to existing buildings and structures. Building Permits are designed to address life and safety issues of the occupants and users of those buildings or structures.
A Building Permit will not be granted for a project which does not already have a Development Permit or land use confirmation. Development Permits are required for new projects, changes in use, or additions to existing structures; for example, a new building in a particular location or an addition to an office or warehouse requires a Building Permit. Development Permits address issues of community planning, bylaws, land use, image, and compatibility. When undertaking a new project, it is always best to consult with the Development office to find out what kinds of permits you will need. In addition, a project that triggers a land-use change requires a lengthy and involved process that you will need to take into consideration when planning your project.
The Development Permit process is based on the Municipal Government Act and the Land Use Bylaw. Plan reviews, approvals, and site inspections in relationship to land use, site development, streetscape, planning principles, densities, landscaping, transportation, parking etc., are provided to ensure that development takes place in accordance to the approved planning, engineering and environmental policies.