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Step 1: Review

Review rules and fees​

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Step 2: Prepare

Prepare for the job​

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Step 3: Apply

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Step 4: Inspect

​Book an inspection​

An electrical permit is required for all new wiring installations, as well as when extending or altering any existing electrical branch circuit wiring. For more information about what type of electrical work a homeowner may obtain a permit for, review the eligibility and electrical wiring sections.

A plumbing permit is required when a plumbing system is constructed, extended or altered, including when water and sewer lines in or around the home are replaced. In some cases, replacing a hot water tank, may require a permit.

Homeowners cannot obtain a gas permit unless they have the proper qualifications. Homeowners can, however, obtain a homeowner's gas fireplace installation permit.

How to apply


Step 1: Review the rules and fees for your project

As the homeowner, you can obtain homeowner’s plumbing, electrical and gas fireplace installation permits for new work, including renovations, if the following conditions are met:

  • You legally own the home.*
  • You live in the home or intend to reside in it (i.e. the home cannot be a rental property).
  • You are doing the work yourself (you cannot pull a permit on behalf of the individual or company doing the work).
  • The electrical and/or plumbing system can only service that home, including a secondary suite contained within it.
  • If the home is a semi-detached dwelling, one side of the property is acceptable (the side the owner lives in). This includes any accessory buildings on the same property.
  • Row-type, individually-owned condominium townhouses are acceptable with authorization from the condo board to the unit owner. Please note the permit would apply only to the unit that the owner lives in. Other units in the complex are not included.​

Homeowners cannot pull a homeowner's electric​al permit and plumbing permit for apartment-style condos. A licensed contractor must install the wiring in these types of residences.

*If you have recently purchased the property, the title may have not yet transferred to you. If you are unsure, bring a copy of your purchase agreement to show proof of ownership.

Fees

​Permit type ​Permit Fee ​Safety Codes Council Fee (4%) ​Total
​Homeowner's Permit ​$112 ​$4.50 ​​$116.50

Please see the fee schedule to for a complete list of permit application fees.

Step 2: Prepare for the job

Homeowners with a basic knowledge of electrical wiring can review our homeowner electrical wiring guide for installation information, and homeowners with a basic knowledge of plumbing can review our homeowner plumbing guide for installation information.

Step 3: Apply

​​Apply online​​

Once your application is verified, the permits will be issued by the next business day. If you have recently purchased the property, the title may have not yet transferred to you. We may contact you for verification before we issue your permits.

In person
Visit the Planning Services Centre​. There are no required application forms, but you may be asked to show identification to verify you are listed on title. If you have recently purchased the property, the title may have not yet transferred to you. If you are unsure, bring a copy of your purchase agreement to show proof of ownership. Homeowner's electrical and plumbing permits are issued the same day. To skip the line, book an appointment online.

Step 4: Inspections and managing your permit application

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Our homeowner electrical wiring guide provides basic information to help guide you through a new installation or renovation.

As a homeowner, you can:

  • tie into the main panel without physically changing it
  • add a sub-panel to an existing main service, provided there is an existing main breaker​

Homeowners are not permitted to:

  • install, alter or modify the main electrical service, including the main panel, main breaker or the meter base.
  • install electrical wiring in permanent, in-ground swimming pools and hot tubs
  • install or alter solar photovoltaic systems

Concealed wiring procedure

If your renovation has previously been finished without proper permits, you can still apply for the permits after the work has been completed.

For an electrical permit, when the work has been concealed by drywall, you are required to follow the concealed wiring procedure. A homeowner’s permit cannot be issued for concealed wiring completed without proper permits. To have the inspection done, the owner must hire a licensed electrical contractor. The contractor will have to obtain an electrical permit and check that the wiring complies with electrical codes. However, the homeowner is responsible for any previously concealed electrical wiring.

Note: There is a possibility the inspector may ask for drywall to be removed to complete their inspection.

Speak to one of our safety codes officers if you have questions about electrical requirements. To connect with us, contact our Technical Assistance Centre by emailing us, calling us at 311 or visiting 311 online services.

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A plumbing permit is required when:

  • A plumbing system is constructed, extended or altered.
  • Water and sewer lines in or around the home are replaced.

Installing or replacing a hot water tank requires a permit in some situations. A permit is required if there are changes to:

  • the gas lines located upstream from the water heater shut off valve
  • the venting system (e.g. size and design)
  • the type of water heater (e.g. changing from a natural draft water heater to a direct vent water heater)

A plumbing permit is not required to:

  • Repair a leak in a water distribution or drainage system.
  • Replace existing faucets and fixtures.
  • Remove blockage in the drainage.

Our homeowner plumbing guide provides important information to help homeowners who are interested in doing their own work. Other methods of installation not identified in this guide may be acceptable; however, all installations must meet the most current requirements of the National Plumbing Code of Canada.

Concealed plumbing procedure

If your renovation has previously been finished without proper permits, you can still apply for the permits after the work has been completed.

For a plumbing permit, when the work has been concealed by drywall, you are required to follow the concealed plumbing procedure. A homeowner’s permit cannot be issued for concealed plumbing completed without proper permits. To have the inspection done, the owner must hire a licensed plumbing contractor. The contractor will have to obtain a plumbing permit and check that the plumbing complies with plumbing codes. However, the homeowner is still responsible for any previously concealed plumbing.

Note: There is a possibility the inspector may ask for drywall to be removed to complete their inspection.

For further inquiries, please contact our Technical Assistance Centre.

For additional questions about plumbing requirements, please contact our Technical Assistance Centre, or email plumbing&gas.tac@calgary.ca.

Visit Residential Inspections for information about inspection bookings, inspection outcomes, inspection types and more.

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A homeowner’s gas fireplace installation permit is required when a homeowner is installing a fireplace insert themselves. The gas fireplace installation permit ensures the proper vent and mantel clearances are met; however, it does not include the gas line connection that services the appliance. The gas connection must be done by a qualified, licensed gas fitter who will require a separate contractor’s gas permit.

If the gas fitter is doing the entire installation, including the fireplace insert, only a contractor’s gas permit is required.

For additional questions about gas fireplace requirements, please contact our Technical Assistance Centre.

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A homeowner is not permitted to take out a gas permit on their house. However, if the homeowner is a first-class or second-class gasfitter (i.e. journeyman), a homeowner’s permit can be issued. In all other cases, this permit must be pulled by a qualified, licensed contractor.

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A homeowner is not permitted to take out a mechanical (HVAC) permit on his or her house. This type of permit and work can only be done by a qualified, licensed contractor.

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If you, as a homeowner or contractor, do not have permits for work that has been started or completed, there could be consequences if you do not correct the situation. Possible penalties include:

  • A City-issued stop-work order
  • A fine
  • Undoing work
  • Legal and financial issues when selling your property or making an insurance claim
  • Doing more work than originally planned and budgeted

Homeowners are responsible for paying any penalties, even if you hired a contractor who assured you permits were not needed. If you’re unsure if you need a permit, call the Planning Services Centre at 403-268-5311. Find out if your contractor has a City of Calgary business licence at calgary.ca/contractors.

Applicants must ensure that work does not break restrictive covenants, caveats or any other restrictions registered against the property.

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.

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