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Building Regulation advisories, bulletins and variances

These documents offer clarification on the application of the Alberta Building Code, Canadian Electrical Code, Natio​nal Plumbing Code and the Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code, as well as The City’s Land Use Bylaw. A bulletin is a regulation under a code. An advisory is an interpretation of a code or municipal regulation. A variance is written permission to modify the application of the code, provided that an equivalent or greater level of safety is provided.​

If you have any questions, visit the Technical Assistance Centre for frequently asked questions or to submit your questions online.

Regulation Bulletins

2006 Regulation Bulletin​ Title​​ 2014 ​Regulation Bulletin Title
RB06-001 Exit doors opening onto step​ Removed Removed
RB06-002 Major and subsidiary occupancies and their fire separation RB14-001 Major and subsidiary occupancies and their fire separation
RB06-003 Exits opening into enclosed yards without gates Removed Removed
RB06-004 Exiting through lobbies Removed Removed
RB06-005 Use of chain-link fences for fencing and barricading of construction sites RB14-002 Use of chain-link fences for fencing and barricading of construction sites
RB06-006 Distinguishing "localized depressions" for determination of grade RB14-003 Distinguishing "localized depressions" for determination of grade
RB06-007 Directional exit signs Removed Removed
RB06-008 Limiting distance requirements for carports Removed Removed
RB06-009 Washroom facilities for food establishments in shopping malls Removed Removed
RB06-010 Fire dampers in ducts passing through vertical fire separations between suites Removed Removed
RB06-011 Double wall assemblies with gypsum board within studs Removed Removed
RB06-012 Stair handrails RB14-004 Stair handrails
RB06-013 Use of cultured marble hearth extensions RB14-005 Use of cultured marble hearth extensions
RB06-014 Movable partitions in a means of egress Removed Removed
RB06-015 Guidelines for instant lube stations RB14-006 Guidelines for instant lube stations
RB06-016 Gas log lighters in masonry fireplaces RB14-007 Gas log lighters in masonry fireplaces
RB06-017 Bedroom windows used for emergency escape RB14-008 Bedroom windows used for emergency escape
RB06-018 Green running man pictogram exit signs Removed Removed
RB06-019 Size of actuating pads or bars of emergency (panic) hardware Removed Removed
RB06-020 Release of electro-magnetic locking devices by light sensors RB14-010 Release of electro-magnetic locking devices by light sensors
RB06-021 Permits for temporary tents RB14-011 Foundations for detached garages and accessory buildings serving dwelling units within the scope of ABC 2014 9.35 or ABC DIV B9.12.2.2.6
RB06-022 Emergency access to floor areas RB14-012 Emergency access to floor areas
RB06-023 Barrier-free washroom requirements in existing buildings RB14-013 Barrier-free washroom requirements in existing buildings
RB06-024 Guidelines for industrial greenhouses RB14-014 Guidelines for industrial greenhouses
RB06-025 Guidelines for single tenant concept RB14-015 Guidelines for single tenant concept
RB06-026 Home-made wood roof trusses RB14-016 Home-made wood roof trusses
RB06-027 Storage of material in parking garages RB14-017 Storage of material in parking garages
RB06-029 Wood trellises, decking, planters, benches, railings, etc., on roofs of noncombustible buildings Removed Removed
RB06​-030 Supply of combustion air for fireplaces in residential buildings RB14-018 Supply of combustion air for fireplaces in residential buildings
RB06-031 Introduction of batt insulation into ULC tested fire rated assemblies Removed Removed
RB06-032 Subdivision of semi-detached dwelling units and row housing by party walls RB14-019 Subdivision of semi-detached dwelling units and row housing by party walls
RB06-033 Building Code application to +15 walkways RB14-020 Building Code application to +15 walkways
RB06-034 Earthquake design Removed Removed
RB06-035 Classification of vocational and other specialized schools RB14-021 Classification of vocational and other specialized schools
RB06-036 Landings, floors, etc..., supported by OSB/plywood hangers RB14-022 Landings, floors, etc..., supported by OSB/plywood hangers
RB06-037 Exterior stairs passing adjacent to unprotected openings in another fire compartment Removed Removed
RB06-038 Egressing from occupancies RB14-023 Egressing from occupancies
RB06-039 Coffee shops & restaurants within other occupancies RB14-024 Coffee shops & restaurants within other occupancies
RB06-040 Application of the Building Code & the Building Permit bylaw RB14-025 Application of the Building Code & the Building Permit bylaw
RB06-041 Detached garages serving two to four dwelling units Removed Removed
RB06-042 Smoke separation using unrated walls RB14-026 Smoke separation using unrated walls
RB06-043 Horizontal fire dampers in combustible floor assemblies RB14-027 Horizontal fire dampers in combustible floor assemblies
RB06-044 Doors opening to future elevated decks RB14-028 Doors opening to future elevated decks
RB06-045 Fire separation details at floor/wall assembly intersections between suites in multi-family residential buildings Removed Removed
RB06-046 Installation of electric chair lifts adjacent to required exits RB14-029 Installation of electric chair lifts adjacent to required exits
RB06-047 Shafts inside furance rooms in up and down 4 plexes RB14-030 Shafts inside furance rooms in up and down 4 plexes
RB06-048 Openable windows in garages and carports RB14-031 Openable windows in garages and carports
RB06-049 Travel distance inside rooms and suites Removed Removed
RB06-050 Protection of soffits Removed Removed
RB06-051 Building Permit and guard requirements for retaining walls Removed Removed
RB06-052 Spatial separation to building spaces with no occupancy RB14-032 Spatial separation to building spaces with no occupancy
RB06-053 Finishes around urinals RB14-033 Finishes around urinals
RB06-054 Thumb-turn latches in exit doors RB14-034 Thumb-turn latches in exit doors
RB06-055 Span tables for built-up floor beams RB14-035 Span tables for built-up floor beams
RB06-056 Door viewers RB14-036 Door viewers
RB06-057 Combustible piping penetrations (water distribution pipes) Removed Removed
RB06-058 Service trenches crossing under wall foundations RB14-037 Service trenches crossing under wall foundations
RB06-059 Party walls or suite separation walls continuing into crawl spaces RB14-038 Party walls or suite separation walls continuing into crawl spaces
RB06-060 Glass fibre insulation in built-up rated wall assemblies RB14-039 Glass fibre insulation in built-up rated wall assemblies
RB06-061 Hose stations and cabinets in the ABC 2006 Removed Removed
RB06-062 Floors connected by stairs not forming required exits RB14-041 Floors connected by stairs not forming required exits
RB06-063 Firefighting access for part 9 buildings RB14-042 Firefighting access for part 9 buildings
RB06-064 Alterations to fire alarm systems Removed Removed
​​RB14-043 ​Application of barrier-free requirements to live-work units​

Advisories

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