National Parks Building Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1114)
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Regulations are current to 2023-03-06
National Parks Building Regulations
C.R.C., c. 1114
Regulations Respecting the Construction and Maintenance of Buildings in the National Parks of Canada
1 These Regulations may be cited as the National Parks Building Regulations.
2 (1) In these Regulations,
- National Building Code
National Building Code means the National Building Code of Canada 1980; (Code national du bâtiment)
park means any National Park of Canada; (parc)
Superintendent means the Superintendent of a park and includes any person authorized to act for or in the name of the Superintendent. (surintendant)
(2) For the purposes of these Regulations, every reference in the National Building Code to the authority having jurisdiction shall be construed to mean the Superintendent.
- SOR/81-667, s. 1
2.1 These Regulations do not apply in the Town of Banff.
National Building Code
3 Except as provided in these Regulations, no person shall construct a building in a park otherwise than in accordance with the standards set forth in the National Building Code.
Bungalow Camps and Motels
4 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minimum floor area and widths of rooms for bungalow camps and motels are as set forth in the following table:
Column I Column II Column III Minimum Floor Area Minimum Width
1 Single Purpose Rooms:
50 sq. ft. 5’0”
(2) Bedroom, one bed
70 sq. ft. 7’0”
(3) Bedroom, two beds
120 sq. ft. 10’0”
(4) Dining Room
80 sq. ft. 8’0”
(5) Living Room
90 sq. ft. 9’0”
32 sq. ft. 5’1”
2 Combination Rooms:
(1) Dining-bedroom, one bed
140 sq. ft. 10’0”
(2) Dining-bedroom, two beds
180 sq. ft. 12’0”
100 sq. ft. 10’0”
(4) Kitchen-bedroom (includes dining space and one bed)
180 sq. ft. 12’0”
(5) Kitchen-bedroom (bath, dining space and one bed)
212 sq. ft. 12’0”
(6) Kitchen alcove off dining room
40 sq. ft. 5’0”
(2) For each bed in addition to one bed in a kitchen-bedroom, 40 additional square feet of floor area shall be provided.
5 (1) No person shall
(a) remove top soil or otherwise commence an excavation for a building,
(b) commence the erection, alteration, reconstruction or structural repair of a building, or
(c) relocate or remove any building,
unless he has first obtained a building permit for that purpose from the Superintendent.
(2) No building permit is required for repairs to a building that are of the kind made in the normal course of maintenance of a building.
6 (1) Every application for a building permit shall be made on a form provided by the Superintendent, and be signed by the applicant.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), every application for a building permit, other than a permit for the alteration or structural repair of a building, shall be accompanied by four copies of
(a) a plot plan drawn to a scale of not less than 100 feet to 1 inch showing accurately the size and location of the structures to be constructed on or moved onto the lot, the dimensions of all yards and open spaces to be left around the structure and the size and location of any adjacent buildings on any adjacent lot;
(b) a floor plan and an elevation plan drawn to a scale of not less than 8 feet to 1 inch showing all floors, elevations and the dimensions thereof, together with notes of all exterior materials to be used;
(c) a section plan drawn to a scale of not less than 8 feet to 1 inch showing the dimensions of existing and proposed ground levels and such other details as may be required by the Superintendent; and
(d) where building or engineering works are involved, a set of the specifications.
(3) Subsection (2) does not apply to an applicant who has been advised by the Superintendent that a plan described in subsection (1) need not accompany his application.
(4) Every applicant for, and every holder of, a building permit shall provide the Superintendent with such additional information as the Superintendent requires with respect to the building for which the application is made or the permit issued.
7 the Superintendent may refuse to issue a permit where he is of opinion that
(a) the building or structure will not, after the proposed construction, meet the standards prescribed in the National Building Code or the requirements of these Regulations;
(b) the building or structure is not compatible in design and size with the proposed location;
(c) the proposed use of the building or structure in the proposed location is not in the interests of the park;
(d) the building or structure, after the proposed construction, alteration or move, will not meet the zoning regulations applicable to the area in which the building or structure is to be located; or
(e) satisfactory arrangements have not been made for the supply of water and disposal of sewage.
8 No person to whom a building permit is issued shall make, allow or cause any alterations to be made to the plans or specifications accompanying the application for the building permit unless the alterations have been approved by the Superintendent.
Posting of Permit
9 Every holder of a building permit shall at all times keep
(a) a copy of the building permit posted in a conspicuous position on the construction site; and
(b) a copy of the plans and specifications in respect of which the building permit was issued available for inspection on the construction site.
Plans and Specifications
10 Plans and specifications for any building having an estimated value of more than $25,000 shall be prepared by an architect registered in Canada.
11 (1) No person shall make any plumbing installation, or any alteration or addition to a plumbing installation, unless he has first obtained a plumbing installation permit from the Superintendent.
(2) No plumbing installation shall be made by any person other than a plumber licensed under the National Parks Businesses Regulations.
Gas and Electrical Installations and Maintenance in the Province of Alberta
11.1 (1) The standards and procedures set out in the Electrical Protection Act and the Gas Protection Act of the Province of Alberta, or any Regulations made thereunder, apply in the National Parks in the Province of Alberta but, notwithstanding those standards and procedures, the Superintendent may issue any permit to a person for the purpose of work on an electrical or gas installation.
(2) No person shall install, alter, or make any addition to any electrical or gas facility without first having obtained a permit for that purpose.
(3) No person shall carry out any work on an electrical or gas installation except in accordance with the standards and procedures referred to in subsection (1).
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (1), no person shall supply electricity or gas to any installation unless that installation has been inspected and approved to the satisfaction of the Superintendent.
(5) The Superintendent may
(a) at any reasonable hour enter any premises where electrical or gas work is being undertaken for the purpose of inspecting the work and may order the correction of any deficiency found with respect to the work; and
(b) enter any premises where there is reason to believe that a hazard to persons or property exists due to faulty electrical or gas installations and may order the repair of any faulty installation found therein.
(6) An order under paragraph (5)(b) shall be given in writing and shall state the repairs that are required and the date and time by which the repairs must be completed.
(7) Where an order under paragraph (5)(b) is not complied with by the date and time specified in the order, the Superintendent may order the discontinuance of electrical or gas service, as the case may be, to the premises to which the order applies.
(8) The fee payable for the issuing, pursuant to subsection (1), of a permit set out in column I of an item of Part I of the schedule is the fee set out in column II of that item.
(9) The fee payable for an inspection of a gas installation by the Superintendent pursuant to subsection (4), or a review of plans and specifications for a gas installation set out in column I of an item of Part II of the schedule, is the fee set out in column II of that item.
(10) For the purpose of item 1 of Part II of the schedule, the calculation of the amount of time taken for an inspection shall include travelling time from the office of the Superintendent to the place of inspection.
- SOR/81-667, s. 2
- SOR/96-427, s. 1
Restaurants and Dining Rooms
12 (1) Subsection 3.6.4 and Table 3.6.4.B of Part 3 of the National Building Code do not apply in the case of any restaurant, dining room or other establishment serving meals, refreshments or beverages to the public.
(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), each establishment described in subsection (1) shall be provided with separate washroom facilities for each sex and each such establishment that has a maximum seating capacity set out in Column I of an item of the table to this subsection shall have for each sex at least the number of water closets and wash basins set out in Columns II and III, respectively, of that item.
Column I Column II Column III Maximum Patron Seating Capacity Water Closets for Each Sex Wash Basins for Each Sex
1 Up to 30 persons
2 31 to 60 persons
3 61 to 120 persons
4 121 to 180 persons
5 181 to 240 persons
6 241 to 300 persons
(3) Where two or more water closets are required in men’s washrooms, half of them may be replaced by urinals.
(4) Where an establishment described in subsection (1) is operated in conjunction with an establishment providing overnight accommodation, the establishment described in subsection (1) shall be provided with separate washroom facilities for each sex and each such establishment that has a maximum seating capacity set out in Column I of an item of the table to this subsection shall have, at least, and is not required to have more than
(a) the number of water closets, urinals and wash basins for men set out in Columns II, III and IV, respectively, of that item; and
(b) the number of water closets and wash basins for women set out in Columns V and VI, respectively, of that item.
Column I Column II Column III Column IV Column V Column VI Maximum Patron Seating Capacity Water Closets for men Urinals for men Wash Basins for men Water Closets for women Wash Basins for women
1 Up to 30 persons
1 — 1 1 1
2 31 to 200 persons
1 1 1 2 1
3 201 to 300 persons
2 2 2 4 2
4 301 to 400 persons
3 3 3 6 3
5 401 to 500 persons
4 4 4 8 4
(5) Subsection (2) does not apply to an establishment that does not provide seating accommodation for its customers.
(6) Subject to subsection (1), where any business building is designed, intended or used for the occupation of not more than 10 persons, one water closet room only need be provided.
13 (1) No person shall install in any building in a park any oil-burning or gas-burning appliance that consumes commercial fuel oil, furnace oil, diesel oil or other flammable liquid fuel or liquified petroleum gas, unless he has first obtained an appliance installation permit from the Superintendent.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to portable stoves, grills or similar appliances used for cooking.
(3) A permit issued under this section is valid only for the six months immediately following the date of issue.
Repairs and Painting
14 (1) The Superintendent
(a) may order the owner of any building, structure or fence in a park to repair or paint any such building, structure or fence that, in the opinion of the Superintendent, requires to be repaired or painted; and
(b) shall serve or cause to be served on the owner, or his agent, a notice specifying the repairs or painting required to be made or done pursuant to paragraph (a).
(2) The owner of a building, structure or fence upon receipt of a notice served pursuant to subsection (1) shall forthwith make or cause to be made the required repairs or painting.
15 (1) The fees for the permits required by these Regulations are as set out in the schedule.
(2) A permit issued under these Regulations is valied for one year or for the period stated therein, whichever is the lesser.
(3) A permit issued under these Regulations is invalid in respect of any authorized construction or installation that is not commenced within six months of the date of issue of the permit.
Preservation of Trees
16 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the issuance of a building permit is deemed to include permission to fell trees within an area bounded by a line 10 feet outside the proposed perimeter walls of the building and within the area of any vehicular driveway.
(2) The Superintendent may at any time by notice in writing prohibit the felling of any tree specified by him in that notice, and the Superintendent shall serve such notice upon the lessee of the lot on which the tree is located or on the holder of any building permit for that lot, and shall place a copy of such notice on the lot.
(3) No person shall fell a tree when such felling has been prohibited by the Superintendent by a notice in writing described in subsection (2).
SCHEDULE(Subsections 11.1(8) to (10) and 15(1))
Fees for Permits
|Column I||Column II|
|Item||Type of Permit||Fee ($)|
|1||Building permit, per $1,000 or fraction thereof of estimated value of the building or structure|
|2||Plumbing installation permit|
|3||Appliance installation permit||10.00|
|4||Electrical installation permit, for each installation, with estimated cost of|
|30.00 plus 3 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 300|
|51.00 plus 1.50 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 1,000|
|111.00 plus 1.00 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 5,000|
|561.00 plus 0.75 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 50,000|
|7,686.00 plus 0.50 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 1,000,000|
|5||Service connection permit for electrical installation, per connection||3.00|
|6||Gas installation permit, for each installation with estimated cost of|
|25.00 plus 2.00 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 1,000|
|205.00 plus 1.00 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 10,000|
|605.00 plus 0.50 for each 100 or fraction thereof more than 1,000,000|
Fees for Services
|Column I||Column II|
|Item||Type of Service||Fee ($)|
|1||Gas installation inspection, per hour||40.00|
|2||Review of plans and specifications for a gas installation, per hour||12.00|
- SOR/81-667, s. 3
- SOR/85-509, s. 1
- SOR/96-427, s. 2
SCHEDULES II TO IV
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