Permits

Development Permits

Please Note: all submitted permit applications must include detailed drawings and site plan(s), if applicable,  of the proposed development.

As per the Land Use Bylaw 1198/16, the definition of development includes:

  • an excavation or stockpile and the creation of either
  • building, addition to, or replacement/ repair of a building
  • change to use of land or building or modification of land or a building that results in likely change of use
  • difference in the intensity of use to land or building or modification to land or building that results in likely change in the intensity of use

A development permit is needed in the above circumstances as well as for new or moved-structures, accessory buildings that are larger than 108 square feet &/or taller than 8.2′, if the building use changes, & for decks higher than 2′ above grade.

Home businesses need a development permit as well as a Business License and Commercial, Institutional, and Multi-family developments must attain a development permit prior to being issued a building permit.

Section 2.2 of the Land Use Bylaw further outlines development that does or does not require permitting.

Application Forms

Area Structure Plan Permit Application

Cannabis Commercial / Industrial Development Permit Application

Cannabis Commercial / Industrial Application Letter of Intent Form

Commercial / Industrial / Institutional Development Permit Application

Development Security Deposit Refund Request Form

Grading Development Permit Application

Home Business Development Permit Application

Multi Residential Development Permit Application

Non-Residential Change in Use / Occupancy Permit Application

Residential Development Permit Application

Sign Development Permit Application

Utility Work Permit Application

Building Permits

Please Note: all submitted permit applications must include detailed drawings and site plan(s), if applicable,  of the proposed development.

A building permit is needed for new and moved-in structures; for construction that changes the footprint of a building, such as the addition of walls or a deck; the addition of a permanent accessory building that exceeds 108 square feet &/or 8.2 feet in height; & the installation of a wood-stove, to ensure compliance with safety codes.

Application Forms

Building Permit Requirements

Commercial / Industrial / Institutional Building Permit Application

Deck or Accessory Building Permit Application

Residential Building Permit Application

Other Forms

Alarm Permit Application

Building A Fence Brochure

Detached Garage Details Sheet

Manufactured Homes Information Sheet

Proof of Utility Disconnection (for Demolition Permits)

Uncovered Deck Construction Details

Woodstove Information Sheet

What Kind of Permit is Required

Complete Permit & Information Packages

Please Note: all submitted permit applications must include detailed drawings and site plan(s), if applicable,  of the proposed development.

Accessory Suites

Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Accessory Suites Section 12.11
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
Safety Codes Council - Secondary Suite Standards Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Basement Development

Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
Safety Codes Council - Finishing your Basement Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Building a Wooden Deck

Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Decks Section 5.7
Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Projection Over Yards Section 5.1
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
Safety Codes Council - Building a Wood Deck Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Building Demolition

Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Building Demolition Section 4.5
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Cannabis - Commercial / Industrial

Cannabis in Blackfalds
Smoking and Vaping Bylaw 1228/18
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Detached Residential Garage or Accessory Building

Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Accessory Buildings Section 4.1 & Vehicle Access to Buildings Section 6.4
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
Safety Codes Council - Building a Detached Residential Garage Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Home Business

Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Home Based Businesses Section 9
Business License Bylaw 1029/17
Alberta Health Services - Requirements for Home Based Personal Services Information
Alberta Health Services - Starting and Operating a Food Business in Your Home Information
What Kind of Permit is Required

Mobile/Modular/Manufactured Homes

General Requirements for Mobile Homes
McKay Ranch Mobile Home Park - Road Closure Form
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Private Swimming Pools & Outdoor Hot Tubs

Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Swimming Pools and Outdoor Hot Tubs Section 11.1
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
Safety Codes Council - Private Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Sign Permits

Land Use Bylaw 1198/16 Sign Regulations Part 5
Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Woodstove/Wood Burning Units

Safety Codes Council - Do I Need a Building Permit Tips Sheet
Safety Codes Council - Solid-Fuel Burning Appliances Tips Sheet
What Kind of Permit is Required

Gas, Plumbing & Electrical Permits

The Town of Blackfalds works with IJD Inspection Services for these permits and inspections. Please visit the IJD website to download the required permit applications and to review the eligibility requirements and details on the inspection process.

Related Links

Alberta Government - Asbestos Project Notification

Alberta Health Services - Food Handling Permit Application Form

Alberta Health Services - Mobile Food Vending Services

Alberta Health Services - Opening A Personal Service Facility in Alberta

Alberta Health Services - Environmental Public Heath - Personal Services Facility Registration Information Form

Alberta Health Services - Requirements for Home Based Personal Services

Alberta Health Services - Starting and Operating a Food Business in Your Home

Alberta Municipal Affairs

Safety Codes Council 

Safety Codes Council - Safety Tips Sheets