Permits & Fees
**EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 13, 2020
In accordance with the Province of Alberta mandatory restrictions, some business occupancy loads and capacities have been limited to 15% of their maximums.
The following document is a Province of Alberta public release from November 2020 that outlines how to calculate occupancy loads and capacities. Please note that the release refers to the percentage rate used at that time; however, the calculation formula remains the same.
Additionally, the following National Building Code table is to be used to locate your appropriate m2 factor.
Basically, the maximum 15% occupancy load may be calculated by:
- Total floor area in m2 to be occupied by clients (excluding washrooms); then
- Dividing by the required m2 per person as per the Code table; then
- Multiplying by 0.15 (being the maximum 15% capacity allowed).
The maximum business occupancy is the lessor number between the calculated 15% or the number of people the business can accommodate while maintaining effective physical distancing. A minimum of 5 people may be accommodated as per the Province of Alberta.
NEW HOME BUYER PROTECTION ACT (NHBPA)
The New Home Buyer Protection Act (NHBPA) date has been revised and will come into force effective February 1, 2014, as part of the Government of Alberta’s ongoing commitment to improving consumer protection, recourse options, and builder accountability for new homes built in Alberta. Municipal Affairs has requested municipalities' assistance in preparing builders for the changes the NHBPA will bring.
In response to a request from municipalities, Municipal Affairs has prepared a handout notifying builders that the Act will soon be coming into force and that appropriate warranty coverage will be required on new homes in order for a building permit to be issued. Website and contact information have been provided so builders can access more detailed information.
Builders who have questions or want more details can refer to the Municipal Affairs’ website. www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/NHBP or contact Municipal Affairs at 1.866.421.6929
For most construction, demolition, and renovation projects a Development and Building permit is required before you commence work. Other permits for electrical, gas, and plumbing may also be necessary. Superior Safety Codes Inc. is an Authorized Accredited Agency providing permits and inspections throughout the Province of Alberta and has been contracted by the Town of Ponoka to provide its residents with inspection services.
|If you are:||
You need a permit for:
|Building a new home or building||X||X||X||X||X|
|Building a deck over 2 ft. high||X||X|
|Adding a shed over 160 sq. ft.||X||X|
|Building a garage||X||X||X||X|
|Developing a basement||X||X||X||X||X|
|Adding a secondary suite||X||X||X||X||X|
|Building an addition||X||X||X||X||X|
|Doing interior renovations||X||X||X||X|
|Relocating a manufactured home||X||X||X||X||X|
|Installing a wood-burning stove||X|
|Demolishing a building||X||X|
Building permits are not required for the following:
- Sheds under 107 sq. ft.
- Decks under 2 ft. in height
How long is the permit good for?
Building Permits are valid for one year, provided it is not abandoned for more than 120 days and work must commence within 90 days of permit issuance.
For more information regarding Development Permits, Building Permits, etc., or if you are unsure what forms you need to fill out, contact the Town’s Planning & Development department.