Most construction, demolition and renovation projects require permits before you start doing any physical work. This ensures that local and provincial laws are followed. Determining whether your project requires a development permit depends on specific criteria outlined in Land Use Bylaw.
Development Permit Application Forms
A development permit is required for any residential development in Yellowhead County. This includes manufactured homes, mobile homes, modular homes, single-detached dwellings, duplexes, townhouses and apartments. Accessory buildings, such as shops or garages, also require a development permit, as do fences over 1.0m in the front yard and 2.0m in the backyard. This application form lays out the details of any planned development. Yellowhead County Development Officers ensure that the application complies with the rules for development. These rules are set in the Land Use Bylaw. View the application here.
A development permit is required for any commercial or industrial development in Yellowhead County. This includes any retail or food establishment, personal services like gas stations or veterinary clinics, natural resource extraction like gravel pits, or industrial uses such as factories, oil & gas services, work camps, storage or warehousing. This application form lays out the details of any planned development. Yellowhead County Development Officers ensure that the application complies with the rules for development. These rules are set in the Land Use Bylaw. View the application here.
A development permit is required for any home-based business in Yellowhead County. This can include minor home occupations such as a home accountant, major home occupations like car repairs, or up to larger home businesses with commercial vehicles and non-resident employees. This application form lays out the details of any planned development. Yellowhead County Development Officers ensure that the application complies with the rules for development. These rules are set in the Land Use Bylaw. View the application here.
- Notice of Development or Stop Order Appeal
- Notice of Subdivision Appeal
- Request for Environmental Site Inquiry
- Subdivision Application Form
Residential Development Permit Application $75.00 Residential Development without a Permit DOUBLE THE FEE Commercial/Industrial/Other Development Permit Application $200.00 Commercial Development without a Permit DOUBLE THE FEE Commercial Development Permit Application
Home-Based Business (Home Occupation)
$75.00 Commercial Home-Based Business without a Permit DOUBLE THE FEE Amendment to Land Use Bylaw $400.00 Compliance Letter
No site inspection required (Real Property Report provided)
Where site inspection is required
Development Appeals $300.00 Road Closures Application
Permit Renewals (Extensions) No charge Rural Address Sign-Where the property does not have a Rural Address Sign and requires a Rural Address Sign by Bylaw $90.00 per sign, in addition to any other Fee required by this or other bylaw Rural Address Sign-Where the property does not have a Rural Address Sign and the landowner requests installation of Rural Address Sign, even though a sign is not required by Bylaw $90.00 per sign
Application Base Fee $425.00 Application Fee per newly created lot $50.00 Endorsement fee per lot prior to registration $50.00 Subdivision Approval Extension $150.00 Subdivision Appeals $300.00 Rural Address Sign-Where Subdivision Plan Sign (2.5m x 1.2m) required by Bylaw $3000.00 per sign in addition to all other fees required, payable at endorsement stage Rural Address Sign-Where Subdivision Lot Sign required by Bylaw (1 sign required per lot created, including residual) $45.00 per sign in addition to all other fees required, payable at endorsement stage Rural Address Sign-Where Small Subdivision Sign required by Bylaw $425.00 per sign in addition to all other fees required payable at endorsement stage
Other Application Fees
Application to adopt an Area Structure Plan $1,500.00 – 50% refund will be provided if item does not progress to 1st reading Application to adopt Conceptual Plan $1,000.00 – 50% refund will be provided if item does not progress to 1st reading Application to Amend Statutory Plan $400.00
For most construction projects, a building permit is also required. However, not all developments require the issuance of a development permit or a building permit. Smaller sheds, fences on certain lots and some decks may be exempt from the requirement for a permit. Please contact the Yellowhead County Planning Department for details.
Yellowhead County is not an accredited agency and does not provide building permits. To obtain an accredited building permit, contact an agency authorized by the Alberta Safety Codes Authority to issue building permits and provide compliance monitoring in non-accredited municipalities.
It is your responsibility to ensure that construction complies with the Alberta Building Code.
Building Permit Agencies
Agencies authorized by the Alberta Safety Codes Authority to issue permits and provide Compliance Monitoring in non-accredited municipalities
Agency_Name Phone_Number Fax/Email Building Permits Electrical Permits Gas Permits Plumbing Permits IJD Inspections Ltd. 403-346-6533
Yes Yes Yes Yes Superior Safety Codes Inc. (Edmonton) 780-489-4777
Yes Yes Yes Yes The Inspections Group Inc. 780-454-5048
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Information for Private Sewage
Municipal Affairs Safety Service
Electric, Gas, Communications, & One-Call:
For electrical service to most properties in Yellowhead County, contact Fortis Alberta at 310-WIRE (9473). If you have a rural property at the east end of the County, your property may be serviced by EQUS. Their phone number is 1-888-627-4011.
For natural gas service to properties located from Range 13 and west, contact Yellowhead Gas Co-op at 780-723-4214; from Range 12 and east, contact TRL Gas Co-op at 780-727-3732. For the Hamlets, you should contact ATCO Gas at 1-780-542-7448 (Drayton Valley).
For landline telephone connection call TELUS at 310-2255 (residential use) or 310-3100 (commercial use).
Contact Alberta One-Call at 1-800-242-3447 with regard to the location of underground facilities.