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Development Permits
Development Permits

What is a development permit?
Development permits are required to regulate the use of land and buildings in accordance with the Town of Innisfail Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Government Act.

A development permit is required to:

  • construct a new building
  • alter an existing building
  • change the use of a building or portion of a building or a property
  • demolish an existing building
  • a sign
  • home occupation

Development permit applications are assessed by the Development Officer to determine if it aligns with the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw and assist applicants in understanding what requirements apply to each application. The development officer will also assess the proposed development’s impact on surrounding properties and determine what is required when there is a new building or altered building, a change of use, or a home occupation.

The cost of a development permit will depend on the type of development and whether it is considered a permitted or discretionary use.

Permitted Use

Depending on the Land Use District and the type of application, an application may be considered to be a permitted use and the permit may be issued by the Development Officer.

Discretionary Use

When the use is considered to be discretionary, the application must be presented to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC). When applying for a discretionary use, the applicant is encouraged to speak to the Development Officer in advance of making an application. This process helps to identify the various regulations that need to be considered, and provides an opportunity for any potential amendments to be made to ensure the application can be processed efficiently.

Development Authority

The Development Authority is the person or persons authorized to make decisions on development permit applications. Development permit applications involving permitted uses and requesting no variances or relaxations can be approved by the Town’s Development Officer. When the use is considered to be discretionary, the application must be presented to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) for approval.

When applying for a discretionary use, the applicant is encouraged to speak to the Development Officer in advance of making an application. This process helps to identify the various regulations that need to be considered, and provides an opportunity for any potential amendments to be made to ensure the application can be processed efficiently. Applications which involve a ‘variance’ or ‘relaxation’ to the regulations must also be presented to MPC for approval. MPC usually meets twice per month.

Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)

The MPC usually meets twice per month to consider development applications made under the Town of Innisfail Land Use Bylaw. The MPC’s authority to make decisions on those applications is granted by the Land Use Bylaw. The MPC can approve an application (with or without conditions) or refuse it outright.

Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (SDAB)

Once a decision has been made regarding a development permit application, the decision is subject to appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB), which consists of one council member and five citizens at large.

Any person who deems he/she may be affected by the issuance of a Development Permit may appeal to the SDAB of the Town of Innisfail within twenty-one (21) days of the date of decision. Appeal applications must be filed with the secretary of the SDAB at the Town Office and must include your name, address and phone number.

Development Permit Fees

At the time of development permit application, besides permit fees which vary depending on the development, the Town of Innisfail charges a development deposit to ensure that public and private interests are protected with regards to unnecessary damage to Town infrastructure during construction.

This includes but is not limited to: streets, lanes, sidewalks, curbs, boulevards, trees and curb stops, and fulfilment of development permit conditions. The amount of the development deposit is based on the type of development. It is refunded once all conditions of the development permit have been met.
For questions related to development permits or the application process contact the Development Officer at 403-227-3376.

Building Permits
Building Permits

What is a building permit?
Building permits are required for, but not limited to, any new construction, demolition, alteration or addition to a structure, accessory building, deck more than 600 mm (2ft) above grade, swimming pool/hot tub, and retaining walls 1.2 m or higher to ensure that the construction meets the requirements of the Alberta Building Code.

A building permit is also required for the change of use or occupancy of a building. A Building Permit is required before any work commences on the project and may be applied for by the registered property owner, or an agent for the property owner.

A Safety Codes Officer (Building Inspector) will review the application for compliance with the Alberta Building Code and referenced documents. Once all required information has been submitted, a building permit will be issued to the applicant, at which time construction may begin. A building inspector will perform inspections throughout the construction process verifying that the structure is being built in accordance with the approved plans and Code requirements.

Electrical, Plumbing & Gas permits are issued by IJD Inspections Ltd. in Red Deer, AB.
Please apply for permits directly with IJD:

IJD Inspections Ltd.
E4, 5560 – 45 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1L1
ph: 403-346-6533 or toll free: 1-877-617-8776
email: info@ijd.ca
website: www.ijd.ca (find & download applications)

Gas, Plumbing & Electrical Permits
Gas, Plumbing and Electrical Permits

In addition to your development and building permits, electrical, plumbing, gas and heating may also be required.

IJD Inspections Ltd. issues all Gas, Plumbing and Electrical Permits for work done within the Town of Innisfail. Permits may be issued to either contractors or homeowners. When a contractor is involved in the installations, his signature and certification number is required on the permit.
Electrical, Plumbing & Gas permits are issued by IJD Inspections Ltd. in Red Deer, AB.
Please apply for permits directly with IJD:

IJD Inspections Ltd.
E4, 5560 – 45 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1L1
ph: 403-346-6533 or toll free: 1-877-617-8776
email: info@ijd.ca
website: www.ijd.ca (find & download applications)

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