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Heating and Ventilation Permit Requirements

Contractors must be licensed to obtain permits with the City of Edmonton.

A Heating and Ventilation Permit is required by the City of Edmonton's Safety Codes Permit Bylaw 15894 when installing or altering heating and ventilation equipment, including:

  • HVAC systems
  • Make up air units
  • Kitchen exhaust systems
  • Air conditioning units
  • Spray booth exhausts
  • Dust collecting systems
  • Ventilation systems

GeoExchange Systems

A GeoExchange System, commonly known as a Geothermal System, is a network of piping in the ground with a closed loop fluid circulation that allows for heat transfer between a building HVAC system and the ground.

GeoExchange systems can improve the energy efficiency of building heating and cooling systems.

GeoExchange systems do not require a development permit as long as they meet the exemptions under Section 12 of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw.

However, the applicant is obligated to conform with other legislation, bylaws, or land title instruments such as the Municipal Government Act, the Edmonton Safety Code Permit Bylaw, or any caveats, covenants, or easements that might be attached to the Site (Section 5.2 of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw).

Additional requirements exist for projects within the River Valley and Ravine System (Section 14.1 of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw).

The GeoExchange System Installation Application form (below) provides the City of Edmonton with sufficient information about the proposed GeoExchange system to ensure building code and industry best practice compliance of any buildings it may connect to.

Obtaining a Permit

Application Procedure

Completed applications can be dropped off, mailed, or emailed into our office or, if you have an online account, you can apply for your permit online.

If you are installing a GeoExchange (geothermal) system, include the GeoExchange System Installation Application form. GeoExchange Permits may not be applied for on line. Applications can be made in person at 2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW

Inspection Requests

A permit must be obtained prior to requesting an inspection.

To request an inspection, contact our office.


After the work is completed, an equipment inspection is required.

All concealed and enclosed equipment must be inspected and approved before being covered. For example, concealed ducts and in-floor hydronics must be inspected before they are permanently enclosed.

An inspector has the authority to request the area be uncovered for a proper inspection to take place.

Additional Inspections

Additional fees shall be assessed for every inspection requested where any of the following items are found to be deficient:

  • No address on site, building, or suite as applicable
  • Inspector unable to access the building
  • Project not ready for inspection
  • A previously identified deficiency has not been corrected


New Construction

2019 Fees

Effective January 1, 2019

Any installation of an HVAC system for a new commercial/industrial/institutional/multi-family development is $0.59/$1000 construction value, with a minimum of $169.
A safety code fee of 4% of the permit cost with a minimum of $4.50 - maximum of $560.

Altering or Replacing an Existing System

2019 Fees

Effective January 1, 2019

The Heating Permit fee is $110/unit or address for a multi-family building

The Heating Permit fee is $169/unit or address for commercial buildings.

A Safety Code fee of 4% of the permit cost with a minimum of $4.50 - maximum of $560.

Apply Online

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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