Calgary Basement Remodeling: Do You Need a Permit?

PictureDo you need a permit to remodel your basement in Calgary? This seems to be a common question among our clients — mostly because the thought of doing something potentially illegal is never a pleasant thought. Today, we will try to answer this question to the best of our abilities, but first let’s take a look at what exactly remodeling is.

According to the Dictionary of Construction, here is the definition of remodeling:

Making alterations to an existing structure such that it will be better suited to current needs. 

Unlike renovation, remodeling usually entails extensive modifications. These can range from changes to fixtures to the complete re-positioning of walls. This is why remodeling projects usually take longer to complete than renovation ones. They usually transform a room into something different. With that being said, do you need a building permit in Calgary to remodel your basement?

Yes, you do.

But here’s the thing: Unless you are remodeling your basement by yourself, you will not need to apply for a building permit. The company in charge of remodeling your basement (such as PLANit Builders) should take care of that for you.

Here at PLANit Builders we know basements like we know the back of our hands. If you are looking for a reliable and affordable Calgary basement development company to help breathe new life into your old and moldy basement, look no further than us. For more information and to request your free in-home estimate, please visit