Projects that are regulated by Alberta and National Building Codes are required to obtain both a development permit and a building permit. A development permit gives developers general guidance and direction before significant investment is made in formal building permit drawings. Generally, building permits are required for the construction of a new building, or for the addition or structural alteration of any building or structure with an area greater than 10m2. Examples include the construction of a new home, construction of stairs, construction of a deck or stairs greater than 0.6m above grade, construction of a retaining wall greater than 1.2m above grade, or erection of a tent greater than 10m2 in area.

Process overview

  1. Apply for a development permit using the process outlined
  2. Parks Canada will issue a development permit if all required application documents have been received and the project complies with the criteria and specifications set out in all relevant Parks Canada acts, regulations, guidelines, and plans.
  3. Submit the development permit and completed construction drawings to an approved safety codes inspection agency for Code Review (PDF, 244 kb) . The inspection agency will not review construction drawings until a development permit has been issued. Please ensure that a copy of the plans inspection report and a copy of the plans stamped by the building inspector are forwarded to Parks Canada.
  4. Submit the General application for a Permit form (PDF, 330 KB), building permit application fee, and compliance deposit to Parks Canada.
    1. The cost for the building permit is $7 per $1,000 (or portion thereof) of construction plus GST. The building permit fee can be paid by cash, cheque, debit, or credit at the Parks Canada Administration Office. Cheques should be made out to the Receiver General for Canada.
    2. The compliance deposit must be in the amount of 15% of the value of construction for the first $100,000 and 5% on the balance. The compliance deposit must be provided by either a certified cheque or bank draft, made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

    Parks Canada will review the application to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the development permit. If all conditions have been met, a development officer will issue the building permit. Plumbing, electrical and gas permits are issued directly by the Inspection Agency.

  5. Construction may begin according to the terms and conditions of the building permit package. Inspections will be necessary at various stages of the construction process: All required inspections will be listed in the building permit package.
  6. Once all final inspections with no deficiencies have been submitted to Parks Canada, Parks Canada will issue an occupancy permit or certificate of completion.

Required building permit drawings

Three hardcopies and one electronic copy of the following, where applicable:
  • A site plan at a metric scale of not less than 1:200, showing accurately all the required information approved in the development permit;
  • A landscape plan at a metric scale not less than 1:200, showing accurately all the required information approved in the development permit;
  • Architectural plans at a metric scale not less than 1:100, showing accurately all the required information approved in the development permit;
  • Building sections, wall details and any other detail as required by the proposed construction;
  • Structural plans;
  • Mechanical plans; and
  • Any other information relating to the development to explain construction, conformance to codes or that may be required by the superintendent.

Other building permit requirements

  • If your project takes place in the Municipality of Jasper and involves the construction of a new structure or addition to a structure, you must pay off-site levies to the Municipality of Jasper prior to building permit issuance. Off-site levies are fees that must be paid to the Municipality of Jasper for new developments or building renovations to help fund increased demands on municipal infrastructure like water and sewer systems. If your project requires the payment of off-site levies, the Municipality of Jasper will invoice you directly. The Municipal off-site levy by-law can be found here.
  • For projects involving commercial food preparation, pools, hot tubs, or wells, proponents must submit their plans to Alberta Health Services for review.
  • For projects taking place outside of the Municipality of Jasper, a completed environmental impact analysis project description form (PDF, 431 kb) must be submitted to the development officer. The project will be reviewed internally for potential environmental and cultural impacts by Parks Canada. This review must be completed before a building permit can be issued, and may result in additional permit requirements and/or project-specific mitigations.

Electronic copies of the above information should be submitted to Hard copies may be submitted at the Parks Canada Administration Office in the Jasper Heritage Railway Station at 607 Connaught Street. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.

In order for Parks Canada to complete a comprehensive review of your permit application, all requested information must be provided. Incomplete applications will be rejected, and the development officer may require additional information to evaluate an application, at their discretion. The onus is on the proponent to submit comprehensive applications which are easily understood and which meet all requirements.

This information is meant to provide general information only. It should not be used as an official interpretation of the various codes and regulations currently in effect, and a Parks Canada development officer should always be contacted for accurate information.

Timelines for permit application review

The length of time required to review permit applications depends on the type of project. The permit application is your opportunity to provide the clearest possible picture of the proposed project. The more quality, detailed information you provide, the fewer questions the Development Office may have.

Projects submitted to the Development Office are reviewed in the order they are received. If permit applications are incomplete, the Development Office will contact the applicant in writing with the noted deficiencies and a resubmission will be required. Resubmissions are reviewed in the order they are received. Once documentation has been correctly submitted, it can take up to 40 business days to issue a development permit.

Anyone wishing to undertake development in Jasper National Park is encouraged to consult with a Development Officer as early as possible to ensure they are familiar with all relevant policies, guidelines, and requirements prior to their formal application submission.

To reach a development officer, please call 780-852-6123 or email Meetings are available by appointment only.