Every house, no matter where it is located, no matter how it is built and no matter where it comes from – stick built, moved-in, modular, manufactured, trailer, replacement, off-site – requires a development permit and a building permit.
A stick built house is one that you build from scratch, from the foundation to the roof. The term "stick built" is from the idea that you use individual pieces of lumber to build the house. You will need a development permit and construction permits.
A moved-in house is an existing residence that you move onto your property from another location. It has been previously lived-in and will require that you build some kind of foundation or pad to place it on. Depending on the age of the house, it may need improvements, such as new windows, siding, shingles, etc. You will need a development permit and construction permits.
A modular or Ready-to-Move (RTM) house are both a type of new house that is built off-site and has not been lived in by anyone previously. A modular house will typically be in more than one piece, while an RTM house is usually all in one piece. Once the builder tells you the house is ready, you get it moved onto a foundation that you‟ve prepared. You will need a development permit and construction permits.
A manufactured home is often referred to as a mobile home or a trailer. It is a completely self-contained dwelling, built in a factory setting. It may be brand new or lived in previously. If you are considering purchasing a previously lived-in manufactured home, it must be less than 20 years old in order to meet County requirements. You will need a development permit and construction permits.
There are several types of recreational lodgings that people may want to live in, but that will not be approved by the County as residences, even on a temporary basis. These include (but are not limited to) recreational vehicles, holiday trailers, motor homes, campers, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, tent trailers and Park Model Trailers. In particular, please note that a Park Model Trailer is not considered the same as a manufactured home and will not be permitted as a dwelling in the County.
Because of the variability of development projects, all proposed development is reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact the County Planning and Development Department for further information and to go over the development and construction process.
For information about building additions to your house or adding accessory buildings to your property, please go to additions (question 7) and accessory buildings (question 5).
For information about building and other permits under the Alberta Building Code, please go to construction permits (link to Construction Permits).