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Building Permit - Demolition

  1. Collection of Personal Information

    This personal information is being collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c) and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the (FOIP) Act. This information will be used for the purposes of processing a demolition permit. If you have any questions regarding the collection and use of this information, please contact the Planning and Environment department at 403.762.1215 or email

  2. Applicant’s Declaration: *

    I hereby certify that I have read and examined this application and know the information to be true and correct. All provisions of land title encumbrances, utility rights-of-way, overhead wires, law and bylaws governs this type of work of this property will be complied with whether or not specified herein.

  3. Conditions
    1. Neither the issuance of a permit, nor the examination of plans and specifications shall be construed to be a permit, or approval of any violation of any of the provisions of the Safety Codes Act, Statutes of Alberta 1991, Chapter 8-0.5 with amendments and Regulations made pursuant thereto, Ministerial orders or the Land Use Bylaw of the Town of Banff.
    2. A safety codes officer may suspend or cancel a permit if the safety codes officer, on reasonable and probable grounds, is of the opinion that the permit holder does not comply with the Safety Codes Act when acting pursuant to the permit or that thing, process or activity does not comply with the Safety Codes Act.  The safety codes officer shall serve written notice of the suspension or cancellation on the permit holder and shall also notify the Administrator.  Appeals may be pursued in accordance with the Safety Codes Act.
    3. Neither the granting of a permit nor the examination of plans and specifications nor any inspections carried out shall relieve the owner of a building from full responsibility of carrying out work or having work carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Safety Codes Act, regulations made pursuant thereto, and/or Ministerial orders.
    4. The examined drawings for which this permit is issued must be posted on the job for use of the safety codes officer and no deviation from these drawings, with or without conditions, including site plans, shall be made without written approval from the safety codes officer.
    5.  Every permit shall automatically lapse either if active work is not commenced within 6 months from the date of issuance, or if the building authorized by the permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 1 year at any time after the work is commenced.  Before work can be started again, a new permit shall be obtained.
    6.  Any person who commits an offense under the provisions of the Alberta “Safety Codes Act”, or regulations made pursuant thereto, is guilty of an offense.
    7. The Safety Codes Act states that “A person who is guilty of an offense is liable”
      1.  for a first offense
        1. to a fine of not more than $100 000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $1000 for each day during which the offence continues after the first day or part of a day, or

        2.  imprisonment of a term not exceeding 6 months, or both fines and imprisonment, and

      2.  for a 2nd or subsequent offense;

        1. (i)to a fine of not more than $500 000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $2000 for each day or part of a day during which the offence continues after the first day, or                  

        2.  to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or to both fines and imprisonment.

    8. No building or part of a building shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or any part thereof shall be made until an Occupancy Permit has been issued, or permission to use or occupy the building has been received from the authority having jurisdiction.  Occupancy Permits will not be issued without proof of other required permits.
    9. As a safety codes officer may wish to inspect at various stages of construction, it will be the responsibility of the owner to notify the safety codes officer prior to covering up of any work regulated by the Act and regulations, namely:
      1. prior to backfilling of foundations,
      2. at the completion of framing,
      3. insulation and vapour barrier prior to the application of wall finishes,
      4. prior to occupancy of a building or part of a building.
    10. Before any excavation or construction is started, the following should be checked
      1. Utilities – locations, height or depth, and protection from damage of all utilities, i.e. sewers, water, sewer, gas, telephone, cable, etc.
      2. Levels – respecting proposed elevations of finished lanes, streets or avenues, sanitary or storm sewer connections.
    11. This is not a permit for plumbing, gas or electrical work.   Required permits shall be obtained for any of the above work from the appropriate authority.  Contact Alberta Labour at 1-800-565-7483 and ask for 297-5771 for the authority having jurisdiction.
  4. Conditions to be Met Prior to Demolition:
    • All Development Permit conditions must be met prior to demolition
    • Submit a “Pre-Demolition Report” to the satisfaction of the Banff Heritage Corporation

    General Conditions:

    • All trees identified "to be retained" on the approved Development Permit drawings shall be protected by fencing set back a minimum of one (1) metre from the tree trunks during demolition. 
    • Protect all existing services including landscaping on adjacent roadways or properties and assume responsibility for all damages to any existing services during construction. 
    • Submit construction hoarding plans for the perimeter of the site including proposed height, colour, location of access points and any off-site encroachments associated with the required construction hoarding for approval of the Town of Banff. 
    • Submit detailed grading and drainage plans to the satisfaction of the Director of Environmental Services. 
    • Enter into a temporary Encroachment Agreement with the Town of Banff for the use of Municipal property during construction. 
    • All clean fill must be taken to the Castle Mountain land fill.   Please contact Public Works Supervisor, at 403-762-1244 for details. 
    • All fill and timber to be removed from the site is the property of the Canadian Parks Service.  Please contact Parks Canada at 403-762-1419 to confirm whether they have any need for such materials. 
    • Any hazardous waste (i.e. asbestos) found in or around the existing building shall be disposed of at the expense of the owner and/or contractor.   Please contact Parks Canada at 403-762-1419 should you require further information related to the disposal of hazardous materials. 
    • Conform to the Parks Canada’s Environment Practices for Banff National Park (Directive 17) and take remedial measures to ensure full compliance with these guidelines if so required by the Development Officer upon the advice of Parks Canada. 
    • Provide a list of the sub-contractors (attached form) to be employed in the construction of your development to Business Licencing, Corporate Services Department.

     NOTE:  It is the responsibility of the owner/contractor, to ensure that all utilities and services to the property have been shut off and disconnected prior to commencing demolition.

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