County of Newell

All Permit Applications and fees are to be submitted to the County of Newell office for processing. Once the required information is submitted and processed, Building Permit applications or Private Sewage Permit applications along with supporting documentation is forwarded to our team for review and issuance is completed at the County office. Plumbing, Gas and Electrical permits are issued at the County office and forwarded to our team once complete for monitoring and inspections.
How long is your permit good for? Dependent on your scope of work and project-your permit has a timeframe upon which work needs to be completed. This is in accordance with the Municipality’s Quality Management Plan, which sets the framework for when projects need to be inspected and how long the permits can be valid for. This timeframe is noted on your permit. You may receive an extension if needed. This needs to be supplied to our office in writing and noting the additional time you are requesting.
When should you call for an inspection? Your required inspection stage(s) may be found on your permit under “Permit Conditions”. Any additional inspections above the inspections required as noted on your permit, that are requested by an applicant or required by the Agency shall be charged as per the Schedule of Fees Bylaw, Schedule A, Bylaw 1888-17 at the rate of $125 per visit. Inspections are required to be completed prior to work being covered. As per the County of Newell’s service delivery process, any work covered prior to your inspection being completed, may require a portion of the work to be uncovered.
All Private Sewage permits receive and require an initial site inspection prior to issuance. This site visit ensures that no work has started before the permit has been issued, that there is evidence of test pits conducted and to ensure the site details or limiting conditions are reflected on the design. Once the design is approved and the initial site inspection is completed, the permit is issued at the County office.

You will also note on your permit that work needs to start within 90 days and must continue every 120 days. This is in accordance with the Safety Codes Act, legislated by the province of Alberta. We follow up on all permits issued to ensure this criteria is met and that your project is moving forward and to ensure no vital inspection stages are met. If any scope or needs of your project change, where these timeframes cannot be met, please contact our team to arrange and establish alternate arrangements.

Please feel free to contact our team for any questions or additional details or the County of Newell at 403-362-3266.

Required Documents & Downloads

Below you will all of the PDF checklists, templates, code information and necessary documents for your permitting process.

Permit Fees

Energy Code Information