Building a Home in Parkland County

If you're contemplating a residential construction or remodelling endeavour in Parkland County and are uncertain about the necessary permits and regulations, we're here to assist! Parkland County oversees residential construction activities through development and safety codes permits, ensuring that your projects are secure and harmonious with surrounding land uses.

When you're ready to begin your project, you might need various permits. Typically, you'll start with a development permit and then proceed to safety code permits.

Development Permits evaluate the usage, location, and dimensions of a structure based on Land Use Bylaw regulations. Safety Codes Permits examine projects to ensure they align with the National Building Code of Canada: 2020, Canadian Electrical Code, Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code, National Plumbing Code of Canada: 2020, and the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice 2021.

Do I need a development permit?

If you plan to construct a new building, alter an existing one, change how a property is being used, or change the scale to which a property is being used, you will need a development permit. 

Typical developments that require a permit include:

What regulations are considered for a development permit?

A development permit application can consider information such as:

  • Whether a use is permitted or discretionary in your Land Use District
  • Intensity of a land use
  • Building height
  • Building site coverage
  • Setbacks from property lines
  • Proximity to environmentally sensitive areas
  • Impact to neighbours
  • Other development details (landscaping, lighting, parking, etc.)
  • Compliance with Parkland County's Municipal Development Plan and other statutory documents

Once you have your development permit and safety code permits in place you may begin construction of your project.

Dwellings (includes new single-detached dwellings and manufactured homes)

Residential dwellings (including manufactured homes) require:

Permit information and checklists - Dwelling

View the following resources to help you apply for a new single-detached dwelling (Dwelling, Single Detached) or manufactured home:

Development Permit Resources

Safety Codes Permit Resources

Permit information and checklists – Dwelling (Single-Wide Mobile Home)

View the following resources to help you make an application for a new single-wide mobile (manufactured) home:


Development Permit Resources:

Residential Dwelling Development Permit Application Package


Safety Codes Permit Resources:

Wondering what's permissible on your property, or whether you need a Development or Safety Codes Permit for your residential project? Parkland County's online system, PLANit, simplifies the application process, allowing you to apply for permits, track your application status and correspondence, and view your approved permits all in one place, accessible anytime, anywhere!

To apply:

  1. Collect the necessary documents for your application. Find forms and checklists on PLANitForms.
  2. Set up an account on the PLANit portal. Detailed instructions, including a YouTube how-to video, are available on the PLANit Help webpage.
  3. Submit your application on PLANit Parkland, following the step-by-step guide and YouTube tutorial provided.

Remember, construction can't commence until all required Development and Safety Codes permits are approved. Permit processing times can vary, but once a development permit is approved, you have 12 months to apply for your Safety Codes Permits.

Need additional resources or assistance? View forms, checklists, and more on PLANit Parkland to prepare for your project. For personalized help, contact the Planning and Development Services team by email at [email protected] or visit the Parkland County Centre.

Also, consider the fees associated with building, electrical, plumbing, and gas permits, which vary based on your project's type, size, and value. And don't forget about inspections! Learn how to schedule necessary inspections with Parkland County at various stages of your project and permit applications.

Most residential building projects in Parkland County require the appropriate permits before commencement. These might include development, building, electrical, gas, and plumbing permits. To ensure a smooth application process, view the checklists, processes, and forms needed for your specific project on PLANit Parkland.

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Common FAQs 

Are there any restrictions to building a home in Parkland County?

Learn about any specific regulations or guidelines that need to be followed when constructing a home in Parkland County HERE.

What are the available amenities and services in Parkland County?

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What are the advantages of building a home in Parkland County?

Building a home in Parkland County offers a blend of natural beauty, community engagement, and personalized living. With picturesque surroundings, a strong sense of community, and the ability to customize your dream home, Strathcona County provides a welcoming environment with convenient access to amenities and potential for long-term investment returns.