A building permit is designed to address life and safety issues of a structure. It gives authorization to erect, demolish, relocate, alter or repair a structure, or change the use or occupancy of a space within Medicine Hat. A building permit application is reviewed for compliance with the Alberta Building Code by a Safety Codes Officer to ensure that our built environment is safe.
Codes and standards available online
Current electronic editions of the following codes are available free of charge. Printed versions are available at a reduced price.
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- National Building Code of Canada
- National Fire Code of Canada
- National Plumbing Code of Canada
- National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings
- Alberta Building Code
- Alberta Fire Code
- Barrier-Free Design Guide 2017 - visit Safety Codes Council site
Please review this user guide before you apply online:
Follow the applicable checklist for your specific building permit application.
Each form must be printed, completed and submitted in person with the plans and other requirements to:
Planning & Development Services
2nd Floor, Medicine Hat City Hall
580 1st Street SE
There is a fee associated with a BP application, payable when you submit your application. The amount of the fee depends on the type of project. The City accepts payments in cash, cheques and debit (not credit cards).
After you have submitted your application, the City will contact you for missing information or further clarification, if necessary. However, this will delay your application, so it's important that your information is accurate and thorough.
Not sure which forms you need, or have other questions?
We are here to help! Call 403.529.8374.