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Planning and Developments Updates

Important updates that could affect your future projects

Permit fees

In light of Calgary’s on-going economic recovery, building permit fees will not increase in 2018.

Calgary’s economic recovery and prosperity remains a top priority for businesses and citizens. The City’s Planning & Development Department is supporting this by continuing its focus on planning approvals, growth strategy and enhanced service delivery and citizen and customer experience.

Please visit our business improvement efforts and also calculate your permit fees.

Homeowners

New builder licensing requirements​ for residential projects

Starting December 1, 2017 the Province of Alberta will require all residential builders to have a builder license in order to construct new homes. Effective December 1, 2017, the Alberta Permit Regulation of the Safety Codes Act will not allow municipalities to issue building permits for residential projects unless evidence of the builder license is received. Accordingly, the City of Calgary is required to check for evidence of the builder license for any building permits that will be issued on or after December 1, 2017 and that include residential dwelling units in the scope of work.

The Province of Alberta is issuing provisional licenses to builders between now and May 1, 2018. Please submit a provisional license certificate to the Safety Codes Officer managing your building permit application in order to enable us to issue the permit. Any questions related to builder licensing can be directed to builderlicensing@gov.ab.ca​

Business ​owners

Action Plan 2​015-2018​

The City’s business plan and budget, Action Plan 2015-2018 was approved during the mid-cycle adjustments approving C2016-0863 to amend The City of Calgary licence bylaws to change fees and other related fees for 2017 and 2018. The fee increase % for 2018 was adjusted down from original 8% to 4%. The revised fee schedule and bylaw is a provided in Attachment 14 amendment to the Business Licence Bylaw (C2016-0863)​.

Updated​ list of acceptable forms of identification for new business licences

Acceptable valid government issued photo identification which has not expired:

  • Driver's License (Interim Operator's Licence is NOT valid ID)
  • Alberta Photo identification Card (Issued through Registry Agent Offices)
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (an expired date is acceptable)
  • Firearms License
  • Nexus Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (Federally issued)
  • Aviation Document Booklet
  • Refugee Protection Claimant Document — Certified

For minors between the ages of 12 and 15 who do not have any of the above photo identification:

  • Student Photo ID (Only for applicants between the ages of 12 and 15)

Acceptable valid government issued identification which has not expired: 

  • Provincial Health Care Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Immigration (Includes any VALID document issued by Citizenship & Immigration Canada with proper applicant descriptor information)
  • Citizenship Card
  • Citizenship Certificate

Construction/Planning Industr​y Professional​s

New builder licensing requirements​ for residential projects

Starting December 1, 2017 the Province of Alberta will require all residential builders to have a builder license in order to construct new homes. Effective December 1, 2017, the Alberta Permit Regulation of the Safety Codes Act will not allow municipalities to issue building permits for residential projects unless evidence of the builder license is received. Accordingly, the City of Calgary is required to check for evidence of the builder license for any building permits that will be issued on or after December 1, 2017 and that include residential dwelling units in the scope of work.

The Province of Alberta is issuing provisional licenses to builders between now and May 1, 2018. Please submit a provisional license certificate to the Safety Codes Officer managing your building permit application in order to enable us to issue the permit. Any questions related to builder licensing can be directed to builderlicensing@gov.ab.ca​

Introduction of Administrative Penalties under the Safety Codes Act

Recently, the government of Alberta decided to proclaim administrative penalties under Section 31 of the Safety Codes Amendment Act, 2015, the Administrative Penalties Regulation and amendments to the New Home Buyer Protection (Ministerial) Regulation. This change means that, effective December 1, 2017, administrative penalties under the Safety Codes Act may be issued for non-compliance.

Administrative penalties are aimed at offenders who repeatedly disregard the requirements of the Safety Codes Act, and, through financial motivation, encourages them to correct their behaviour. The focus of the program is to gain compliance, not to punish offenders, nor is it to replace other enforcement actions such as orders or prosecutions. Penalties under the Act can be up to a maximum of $100,000 or $10,000 per day, per offence, for continuing offences. Any person who contravenes the Safety Codes Act may be subjected to a penalty including owners, contractors, vendors, manufacturers and any person or person(s) who have failed to comply with an order under the Act. It is important to note, that effective December 1, 2017, anyone who has a continuing offence under the Act, could receive an administrative penalty.

The role of accredited municipalities, corporations and agencies in respect to administrative penalties involves working with the Administrator to determine if a penalty is warranted. A government-appointed administrator, employed with Municipal Affairs, will be administering this penalty. Accredited municipalities, corporations and agencies will need to identify when a request to the Administrator is required. In addition, Municipal Affairs is requesting that the administrative penalty requests come through the person that administers your quality management plan and not from individual SCOs. This is to minimize confusion and ensure requests reflect the enforcement strategy of the accredited body.

When considering whether to issue a penalty, the Administrator will factor the risk of the infraction, whether a person repeatedly ignores requirements under the Act and the economic benefit the person may gain from not complying with the Act. The Administrator will also consider whether appropriate enforcement actions have been taken by the accredited municipality.

The Administrator may also vary the penalty depending on whether an offender has taken steps to become compliant with the Act. The amendments to the New Home Buyer Protection (Ministerial) Regulation allow the New Home Buyer Protection Board to hear administrative penalty appeals under the Safety Codes Act. This was done because an administrative penalty will often be related to an order. Since orders are appealable to the Safety Codes Council, it is better for impartiality to have administrative penalty appeals come from a different body.

To help you and the accredited municipality determine when a request for an administrative penalty is appropriate, there is a Request for Administrative Penalty Checklist, including how penalties are determined, and/or for additional information regarding the penalty, located at municipal affairs alberta.

An administrative penalty is a monetary penalty issued at the discretion of Municipal Affairs for non-compliance with the Safety Codes Act. An Administrator appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs is given authority to issue administrative penalties.

Administrative penalties support improved compliance outcomes and do not replace orders and prosecution under the Safety Codes Act. When an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) becomes aware of a contravention of the Safety Codes Act or non-compliance with an order, the AHJ may ask the Administrator to issue an administrative penalty.

Penalty Amounts

An administrative penalty is a single amount or an amount for each day or part of a day that a contravention or failure to comply continues. The maximum daily amount is $10,000, and the total amount of the penalty cannot exceed $100,000.

Operational Date

Administrative penalties under the Safety Codes Act comes into force December 1, 2017.

Who can receive penalties?

Any person who contravenes (contravener) the Safety Codes Act can receive a penalty. Penalties might be issued to:

  • Owners as defined by the Safety Codes Act
  • Builders
  • Contractors
  • Vendors
  • Manufacturers
  • Any person who has failed to comply with an order under the Safety Codes Act

Notice

The Administrator will serve a Notice of Administrative Penalty on a contravener and will advise the AHJ. The notice of administrative penalty will include the contravention, the penalty amount, the payment deadline, and appeal information.

Publication of Administrative Penalties

Administrative Penalties issued under the Safety Codes Ac 2017 For further information contact Municipal Affairs, Public Safety Division toll-free at 1-866-421-6929.

For further information contact the Planning Services center at 403-268-5311.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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