A Building Permit is typically valid for the applicant to begin construction within 1 year from the date the permit is issued. The R.M. Planning Department can delay the start of your project past 1 year if requested at the time of application. For example, if you get your permit over the winter months we can extend the start date for construction for additional months during the year when construction can occur.
An extension can also be granted during the 1 year time period if you require more time. For example, if due to financial concerns you have delayed construction, but now are in a position to start and need more time, the Planning Department can grant an extension.
An extension may be applied for with a signed, written request to the R.M. from the landowner.
Building permits are valid for the duration of the building process. As long as you have started construction and continue construction, as per your conditions of approval, you can take as long as you want to complete your project. However, if work on the project stops for more than 12 months the permit will expire and a new permit will have to be issued to complete the project.
Please note, you cannot occupy or use the building or structure until construction is complete and the permits have been closed. The R.M. Planning Department recommends completing all Building Permits in a timely manner.