Alberta Building Code
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Safety Codes Council
The Safety Codes Council and its partners have been managing the safety codes system in Alberta since 1991.
A heating and ventilating permit is required when installing, repairing, or altering any heating, ventilating, or air conditioning undertaking.
A heating and ventilating permit is required under the Safety Codes Permit Bylaw when installing, repairing, or altering any heating, ventilation, or air conditioning undertaking such as but not limited to:
Any time an air conditioning (cooling) unit is wired into the electrical system, you must apply for an electrical permit.
If the installation of an air conditioning (cooling) unit requires a ducting design alteration or is over 5 tons (60,000 BTU) in size, both an HVAC permit and an electrical permit are required. Otherwise, where an air conditioning unit is hard-wired into the electrical system, only an electrical permit is required.
If the air conditioning unit is a portable, plug-in type, no electrical permit is required.
Apply for a heating and ventilating permit together with the appropriate building permit type:
A heating and ventilating permit is not to be applied for separately unless the project is limited to only heating and ventilating work. Where the work includes other interior or exterior alterations, apply for an HVAC permit together with the appropriate building permit.
No fee refunds will be given if a standalone trade permit is applied for when trade permits should be included as part of the building permit project.
To obtain a homeowner's heating and ventilating permit, a homeowner must own and occupy the single detached house for which this permit is intended and perform the work themselves.
Contractors must be licensed with the City of Edmonton.
A homeowner must own and occupy the single detached house for which this permit is intended, and perform the work themselves.
Submit the application online.
Apply: Contractors & Professionals
The status of the application can be tracked and inspections requested within the SelfServe project dashboard under the 'Inspections' heading, or if necessary, call 311. Work is not complete until it passes all required inspections.
A permit must be obtained prior to starting any work and booking an inspection.
For inquiries and questions, please book a virtual or in-person appointment.
Find application information for Geoexchange systems on the Renewable Energy Systems page.
Request an inspection within the SelfServe project dashboard under the 'Inspections' heading, or if necessary, call 311.
Find inspection information on the Safety Codes Inspections page.
City of Edmonton
New Construction with an HVAC system
Any new HVAC system for semi-detached or duplex homes
Renovations/Replacements/Alterations to Existing Systems
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Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4
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