Development Permits


 

Development permits for the Town of Wembley can be obtained from the Town Office. For more information please contact the Town Office at 780-766- 2269.

The Town of Wembley contracts the services of the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 to provide Safety Code Services. Completed applications can be submitted to the Planning Department at the County of Grande Prairie Administration Building. 

Development/Building Permit Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. When do I need a permit?

A. A permit is always required when constructing or renovating a structure that is over 100 square feet.

Q. What type of permit(s) do I need to acquire prior to starting building or renovation projects?

A. There are permits for Development, Building, Electrical, Gas and Plumbing. One or all of these permits may be required upon starting your construction projects.

Q. Is a development permit the same as a building permit?

A. No, a development permit is a document that is issued by the Town under its Land Use Bylaw authorizing development to proceed. Development includes excavation, stockpiling, building, additions or a change in use or intensity of the use of the land or building. A building permit ensures construction of buildings or structures meet the Alberta Building Code.

Q. Which permit do I get first, a development permit or a building permit?

A. You must obtain a development permit first. A building permit will not be issued if you have not obtained approval for the construction or renovation of a structure that is over 100 square feet.

Q. Where do I obtain a development permit?

A. You can obtain a development permit by completing an application at the Wembley Town Office.

Q. How long are my development permits valid?

A. A development permit can be used for up to a year from the date issued if the development has not commenced. Portions of the development that remain incomplete 24 months from the issue date are no longer approved for development; however, an extension may be requested at either stage for no longer than six months, as long as the permit has not expired.

Q. Where do I obtain a building permit?

A. Building, Electrical, Gas and Plumbing permits are obtained at the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, 10001 – 84 Avenue, Clairmont, AB, or you can print a copy from the following links:

Building Permits

Wembley Non Residential Building Permit.pdf [PDF - 147 KB]

Wembley Residential Building Permits.pdf [PDF - 160 KB]

Electrical Permits

Wembley Electrical Permit.pdf [PDF - 163 KB]

Gas Permits

Wembley Gas Permit.pdf [PDF - 163 KB]

Plumbing / Sewage Permits

Wembley Plumbing Permit.pdf [PDF - 146 KB]

Wembley Private Sewage Permits.pdf [PDF - 163 KB]

Q. What is the turnaround time on permits, development and safety codes?

A. Upon receipt of a completed application the town has up to 40 days to approve a permit. Permits are usually approved well within this time frame.

Q. How long are safety code permits valid?

A. Permits are valid for one year, provided the project is not suspended for more than 120 days and work is commenced within 90 days of permit issuance. Time extensions may be granted upon written request. However all work must be completed within the life of the associated development permit.

Q. Who should apply for the permits?

A. You or your contractor can apply for the permits, however if you have a contractor it may be more appropriate for them to apply.

Q. How long are my development permits valid?

A. A development permit can be used for up to a year from the date issued if the development has not commenced. Portions of the development that remain incomplete 24 months from the issue date are no longer approved for development; however, an extension may be requested at either stage for no longer than six months, as long as the permit has not expired.

Q. When are building permits required?

A. A building permit is required for the construction of a building, including renovations, relocations, additions, or a change in occupancy.

Q. Do I require a building permit to develop a basement or install a wood-burning stove?

A. Yes. With respect to basements, other permits may be required as well.

Q. I am building a garage. Can I build it on a slab? Do I need permits?

A. You require a development and a building permit. Other permits may also be required. The garage can be up to 55 square metres (approximately 591 square feet) when located on a slab. Once this size has exceeded 55 square metres, engineered drawings will be required.

Q. Do fabric covered buildings and other temporary structures require a permit?

A. Yes, regardless if they are temporary or permanent installations, all structures over 100 square feet require development and building permits. Fabric covered buildings also require engineered stamped prints.

Q. I am building a deck. Do I need a permit?

A. Yes, if the deck is two feet or more off the ground. Decks two feet off the ground require 36 inch handrails. Forty-two inch (42”) hand rails are needed if the deck is six feet or more off the ground. The verticals must have a maximum spacing of four inches on all railings.

Q. Do tent type structures need a permit?

A. A building permit is required any time a stage, tent or other festival-type structure is constructed, installed or erected, regardless of the duration or timing of the event. The flammability rate of all coverings must be supplied, and will be addressed at time of permitting. 

Complex tent structures will need engineering as well.

Q. I am buying or relocating a mobile (or modular) or a RTM and installing it on my property. Do I need a permit?

A. Yes, both development and safety codes permits are required.

Q. Do I need a permit to replace the shingles, siding, window, and/or doors on my house?

A. No, as long as you are not making any structural changes, like increasing the window or door sizes you do not need a permit. General maintenance including painting and decorating does not require a permit. If you are unsure as to whether a permit is required, contact the Planning Department.

Q. When do I need a plumbing permit, gas permit or electrical permit?

A. Permits are required to install, alter or add to any of these systems.

Q. What services do I get with my permit?

A. Services will include, but are not limited to, a plans review and report, technical advice, site inspections and reports, and a final status report (Permit Services Report).

Q. Do I require a permit for a new residential furnace or changing out a gas hot water tank?

A. Yes, if any alterations are made to the gas piping and/or the venting.

Q. Who do I contact to obtain a site inspection?

A. To request an inspection contact a County of Grande Prairie No. 1 Safety Codes Officer by calling 780-513- 3950 or;

 

  • For Building, Plumbing, Gas, and Private Sewage Inspections - call Rob Renschler at 780-814- 2129.
  • For Building and Electrical Inspections call Neil Seidner at 587-297- 1114
  • For Residential Building Inspections call Wayne Curry at 780-512- 3543

 

Q. How much notice does the County require when I am ready for an inspection?

A. The County requires at least two days notice for proper scheduling. Same day service may be available depending on the Safety Codes Officers’ schedule.