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Do I Need a Permit For That? – Home Renovation Edition

You’ve finally saved up enough money to start that home renovation project you’ve been dreaming of for years. You’re picturing your perfect kitchen renovation, complete with an island and all the latest appliances. However, before you start tearing down walls, you need to make sure you have all the necessary permits – but which ones are needed, and for what?


Some home renovations require permits by law, and getting caught without one can result in some hefty fines. If you’re working with a Calgary home renovation company, your contractor can help advise with what you require. However, if you’re in the planning process of your home renovation, and want to gain an idea of what permits you need, here’s a quick guide to some common home renovations that require permissions.

Building Permits

Building permits are required for any type of structural change to your home, such as adding or removing walls, increasing the size of windows, or changing the roofline. Basically, any time you’re altering the load-bearing structure of your home, you need a permit.


On the plus side, building permits can be applied for or attained quite easily (although sometimes it takes a little longer than you might prefer). Regardless, it’s good to apply right away to get the ball rolling. Building permit applications are available at your local city hall or planning department.


Electrical Permits

Electrical permits are required for any type of electrical work, including installing new outlets, hardwiring appliances, or upgrading your electrical panel. Electrical work can be dangerous if not done properly, so it’s important to make sure only qualified electricians handle this type of work in your home.


As with building permits, it’s wise to apply for any electrical permits at your local city hall right away, so that you can move the process along faster. Speaking to your electrician will help you understand what kind of permits you will need.


Plumbing Permits

Plumbing permits are required for any type of plumbing work, including installing new fixtures, running new lines, or relocating existing lines. Plumbing work can be complicated and messy if not done properly, so it’s important to make sure only qualified plumbers handle this type of work in your home.


If you’ve hired a plumber, or are calling around to source some plumbing help, we recommend inquiring about the necessary home renovation permits even while you’re in the process of getting a quote. That way, you can get the permits applied for and keep your home renovation on schedule.



Before starting any home renovation project, it’s important to do your research and make sure you have all the necessary permits for undertaking, including structural builds, electrical tasks, or plumbing alterations. So, before you start tearing down walls or running new lines, be sure to check and see if you need a permit—it could save you a lot of time and money in the long run!


Solid Solutions Renovations is committed to providing homeowners and developers in Calgary with all their renovations needs. From kitchen renovations to basement developments in Calgary, we’re your one-stop-shop for everything. Our team will work side-by-side with you to ensure that your vision comes to life. We’re open with our processes and communication, and will happily answer any questions or concerns you have. Every detail of our work is reviewed and analyzed to guarantee that you’re happy with the final result. We proudly serve Calgary and surrounding areas, including Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane, Okotoks and more. For home renovations in Calgary, contact Solid Solutions Renovations.

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