Building and Fire Codes Consultation
Alberta Municipal Affairs and the Safety Codes Council (SCC) are developing the next editions of the Alberta Building Code (ABC) and Alberta Fire Code (AFC). Currently, the 2006 editions of these codes are in force in Alberta.
The ABC and AFC are based on the National Building and Fire Codes, which are developed by the National Research Council (NRC), but also include a number of Alberta-specific revisions. The NRC published the 2010 National Building and Fire codes in November 2010.
Like the current code editions, Alberta will adopt technical changes in the national codes without further review. The national codes have been developed through a national process administered by the NRC, which includes extensive consultation with regulators, industry and other experts and stakeholders.
It is anticipated that the next editions of the ABC and AFC will be adopted by government in fall 2013.
As part of the code development process, Municipal Affairs and the Council are consulting on proposed changes to Alberta-specific code requirements in the next editions of the ABC and AFC. The proposed changes were submitted to Municipal Affairs by the public and stakeholders or developed by the department. All the proposals were then reviewed and approved for inclusion in the consultation by Building and Fire sub-councils of the SCC. The consultation will be open from June 5 to August 31, 2012.
The consultation is based on the organization of the ABC and AFC. There are separate surveys for each Part of the ABC and AFC where changes have been proposed. You do not need to complete all the surveys, but may choose to complete only those for Parts of the codes that interest you.
Click on the links below to review the proposed code changes in different Parts of the ABC and AFC. Once inside the survey, clicking on the numeric code item reference will open a PDF copy of the proposed code change form in a separate window. For each code proposal you may: a) support the proposal, b) support the proposal with revisions, c) not support the proposal, or d) provide no opinion. Comment boxes to suggest revisions to or explain why you do not support a proposed change are limited to 2500 characters.
If you are unable to complete the survey in a single session, you may save your progress and will automatically be sent an email link to use to resume your session. Please ensure to return and complete the survey as only completed surveys will be included in the final results.
When you get to the end of a survey, you must click SUBMIT for your input to be included in the final results. After clicking SUBMIT, close that window and you will be back on the main survey page and able to complete the survey for additional Parts of the codes.
Once you enter a survey you will not be able to access that particular code Part again. Thank you and we look forward to your feedback and comments.
If you would like to review all Code change proposals before going into the electronic survey, below is a link to the complete package of change proposals. Please keep in mind that we would still like to receive your responses through the electronic survey.