Demolition & Removal of a Building

Before a building comes down or is removed, permits are required to ensure that all the necessary safety precautions are taken, such as the disconnection of water, electricity and gas lines.

Inspections and Licensing will generate two different permits from your application:

  1. Development Permit - to review the application under the lens of the Land Use Bylaw, ensuring minimal neighborhood impact throughout the duration of the project. If rebuild is included, the new development is reviewed under the district requirements (ex. zoning, setbacks, etc.).
  2. Safety Codes Building Permit - to ensure proper safety precautions will occur during demolition. If rebuild is included, the new development is reviewed under the Alberta Building Code.

Check out what steps are needed to demolish a building.

Step 1: Demolition/Relocation Permit

Who can apply?

An owner or licensed contractor can submit a Demolition Permit Application. If you are not the owner of the property, you will need to submit a Letter of Authorization (pdf)

If you are a contractor requiring a City of Red Deer business licence, please visit our Licensing page before submitting your permit application.

How do I apply?

  1. Read through the Demolition Guideline (pdf) and Fire Safety Plan (pdf) for important information.
  2. Submit a fully completed application, including all spaces filled out on the application form, and providing all items on the Demolition Permit Requirement List. A complete application allows us to start your file.
  3. Once you have the complete application package, email it to

Required Forms

Step 2: Site Inspections

What inspections will I need?

Required inspections will be determined when the Safety Codes Officer reviews your application, and will be listed on the Safety Codes Building Permit when it is approved and issued. Typically, a pre-demolition inspection will be required.

When can I schedule an inspection?

Once your Safety Codes Building Permit has been approved and issued, you will receive an email with instructions of how to schedule an inspection. 

Other good to know info...

If you intend to start building within 90 days after you've completed the demolition, Inspections and Licensing can review your whole project all at once - from the demolition to the rebuild!

You need to submit a few more things with your application for the rebuild.

Step 3: Are you planning to rebuild?

Depending on the type of structure you intend to build on the demolition site, you will need to submit the corresponding checklist to accompany your Demolition Permit Application. 

Also, make sure to include the full scope of your intentions (from demolition to rebuild) in your Letter of Intent.

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