Test Your Knowledge

When building a new home or commercial business or even a deck in your own backyard, the City of Calgary has permit applications and requirements necessary before you pick up a hammer and nails. To learn more about building permits in the city call 3-1-1 or check out www.calgary.ca. How much do you know?

1>> According to Calgary’s Universal Design checklist, what do public washrooms require?

a. Out-swinging doors
b. Slow closing hinges
c. Locking devices operable by hand
d. All of the above

2>> When is a building permit required to build a deck?

a. Any deck built of wood
b. Any deck exceeding 600 millimetres
(two feet) in height
c. Any deck to be painted or stained
d. Any deck with stairs

3>> When applying for a permit to demolish or move a building, colour photographs of the front and rear elevations of the building to be removed are required.

a. True
b. False

4>> When applying for a building permit for repairs after a fire in a one or two family dwelling, what do requirements include?

a. Two copies of dimensioned floor plans
b. A letter with the breakdown of repairs
c. Two copies of structural drawings stamped by a professional engineer
d. All of the above

5>> A swimming pool constructed for the use of a single-family dwelling unit and used only by the owners and their guests is what?

a. A kiddie pool
b. Southland Leisure Centre
c. A private swimming pool
d. A hot tub

6>> In order to apply for an electrical permit for solar photovoltaic panels, ballast detail or specification sheets as well as schematics of the system layout are required.

a. True
b. False

7>> In buildings to be renovated or demolished, materials having the potential for releasing what shall be removed prior to renovation or demolition.

a. Asbestos fibres
b. Insulation
c. Spider webs
d. Methane gas

8>> Building permit applications must be made in person unless you are a member of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

a. True
b. False

9>> Requirements for submitting drawings for commercial new projects and additions include which?

a. Drawings divided into three individual sets
b. Coloured in using pencil crayons
c. Limited to less than 10 kilograms per roll
d. Answers a and c

10>> For tenancy changes in any Land Use District, you must fill out an application with attached requirements.
a. True
b. False

11>> For new single and two family dwellings the single construction permit fee is calculated at how much per $1,000 of estimated construction costs?

a. $5.00
b. $8.72
c. $3.98
d. $10.87

Answers: 1.d 2.b 3.a 4.d 5.c 6.a 7.a 8.a 9.d 10.a 11.b

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