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Outdoor fireplaces, masonry or factory built wood burning fireplaces and gas fireplaces

We’re here to help guide you through your home improvement project. By completing the home improvement application, we can assist you by:

  • Determining what permit types you require
  • Offering solutions or alternatives
  • Processing your application
  • Transitioning you smoothly through the application process

Do I need a permit?

All fireplaces will require one or more permit types.

A homeowner may apply for a homeowner’s fireplace installation permit, if they live in the home. A gas fireplace installation permit is only for the installation of a fireplace insert.  It does not include the gas connection, which can only be applied for by a qualified, licensed contractor. 

Visit understanding permits and the review proces​s to find out more about the permitting process.

How do I make an application?

Step 1: Op​en the application form and checklist

Use the home improvement application as a starting point, to determine the specific requirements for your project.

Step 2: P​repare your drawings

To help you design your project, see the building code and City bylaw information​ section.

Step 3: A​pply

Submit the application once you have provided all the documents required. Use our fee calculator to estimate how much your permit will cost.


Homeowners: Coming soon! Planning and Development improvements!

Contractors/industry professionals: apply online

In person

Once you have gathered the required documents, you can apply for your permit in person by visiting the Planning Services Centre. To skip the line, book an appointment.

Building code and bylaw information

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the work being carried out conforms to any restrictive cov​enants, caveats or other restrictions that are registered on the land title.

Illustrations of codes and bylaw​s

Installing a fireplace when finishing your basement

When you are developing your basement, you will also require a basement development building permit. For more information, contact the Technical Assistance Centre or call 311.

Installing a fireplace with an exterior projection

If you are installing a gas fireplace with an exterior projection that does not meet the addition rules of the Land Use Bylaw, a development permit is required. You must not project into a side setback area if there is an existing projection on the opposite side.

An example of this is if you are proposing a chimney on the left side of your residence that is into the 1.2 m side setback area when you have an existing projection, such as a window well on the right side of your residence that is projecting into the 1.2 m side setback area. The length of the projection must not exceed 3.1 m when in a setback area.

For inquiries about building, plumbing, gas, electrical or heating, ventilation and air conditioning code or construction methods, building safety and fire regulations, contact the​ Technical Assistance Centre​ or call 311. For all other inquiries (i.e. LandUse Bylaw), please contact the Planning Services Centre.

Inspection information​

All residential construction and electrical permits can be booked at 311 online services Inspection - Residential Improvement Project/Electric. Plumbing and gas permits can be booked by contacting 311 and providing them with your permit number.

Generally, your project will require a rough-in and a final inspection for each building and trade permit pulled, though additional inspections may be required. You can contact 311 on the morning of your inspection to find out if it will be in the morning or afternoon

The inspection process is dynamic and an inspection outcome depends on the chosen construction method and site conditions at time of inspection. The information provided is not intended as an exhaustive list but a generalized outline of the inspection process.

Inspections for building permits

Rough-in inspections

  • Install and complete any structural changes.
  • Install and complete all the wall, ceiling, and build out framing.
  • Have requested documentation on site.

Final inspection (at the safety code officer’s discretion)

  • The building should be completed.

A development completion permit inspection may be required if a development permit is involved in your project. Contact our Planning Services Centre to determine if a development completion permit is required.

Call before you dig

Always call Alberta One Call before you dig: 1-800-242-3447. For more information or to submit a locate request, visit Alberta One-Call.

Disclaimer: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​