Before You Start
The Town of Olds issues two different types of permits for most projects:
- Building Permit - to comply with the Alberta Building Code; and
- Development Permit - to comply with the Town of Olds Land Use Bylaw.
What is the process for getting permits?
- Electrical, gas and plumbing work need separate permits not issued by the Town. Learn more here.
- Fill and submit the application forms (listed below) with all required plans to the Planning Department.
- If you will be digging, request locates. Locates must be available on site while work is being done.
Please obtain line locates before digging:
- If the project is commercial, complete a fire safety plan. This is not required for residential projects.
- An invoice will be e-mailed to you for permit fees and security deposits. All fees must be paid before the permit is issued.
- Depending on your project, it will be reviewed either by Town staff or by the Municipal Planning Commission.
- If the permit requires a decision from the MPC, there is a 21-day appeal period.
- If your permits have been approved, you will receive them along with a Plan Review. This is an overview of what has been approved and will describe when an inspection is needed.
- Inspections will be performed by the Town's certified Safety Codes Officer.
- After work is completed to Town standards, any security deposits will be returned to you.
- Note - Renovations that do not change the structure or use of your building do not require permits, such as installing new flooring, painting the walls, etc.