New Home Buyer Protection Act

New Builder Licensing effective December 1, 2017

With the Government of Alberta’s introduction of builder licensing on December 1, 2017, residential builders in Alberta are now required to have either a valid builder licence or an Owner Builder Authorization (OBA) in order to receive a building permit.

Builder Licensing Process

  • Under the New Home Buyer Protection Act, owner builders must apply to the Registrar for authorization to construct their own home. Owner builders interested in applying for an authorization must follow the Owner Builder Authorization Application Process.
  • If an OBA application receives approval, an authorization certificate will be issued to the owner builder. The authorization allows owner builders to construct their own home, either with or without warranty. Permit issuers are only able to provide the necessary permits if an authorization has been approved.
  • Certificates issued by the New Home Buyer Protection Program for approved OBAs are referred to as “Approved Application for Authorization” or “Approved New Home Registration”.
  • To help permit issuers confirm that they are looking at the correct type of authorization certificate, all owner builder certificates issued after December 1, 2017, contain letters “AA” in the Application ID number.
    • Prior to December 1, 2017, owner built homes constructed with warranty received a certificate that contained the letters “RF” in the Application ID number (e.g. 17RFxxxxxx). Owner builders constructing without warranty received a certificate that contained the letters “AA” (e.g. 17AAxxxxx).
  • All homes approved for an OBA can be searched on the Public Registry using the legal land description. The Registry provides location information and contact information for the warranty provider, if applicable, including how much warranty coverage remains.
  • Additional information about the OBA process is located on the Municipal Affairs website at

If you have any further questions, please contact program staff at, or by phone at 1-866-421-6929.

Attention: Agricultural Producers, Farm and Ranch Workers Legislation Comment Period

Attention: Agricultural Producers in the County of Minburn #27, Farm and Ranch Workers Legislation Comment Period.

The Provincial Government has received recommendations from a number of committees regarding the proposed Farm and Ranch Workers Legislation. The deadline for providing your comments on this proposed legislation is January 15, 2018. You may review the committee recommendations and provide your comments at or mail them to:

Farm& Twg Recommendations feedback
Occupational Health and Safety Branch
Alberta Labour
8th Floor Labour Building
10808-99 Avenue
Edmonton, Alta
T5K 0G5

Or email comments to:

New 9-1-1 Phone System Number

Strathcona County Emergency Communications Centre is transitioning to a new 9-1-1 phone system effective Monday, September 25, 2017.

What does this mean for the communities we serve? When someone in your service area dials 9-1-1, emergency calls will continue to be received and professionally handled in the same proficient, seamless manner as always. There will be no impact to your residents.

However the long-dial “Alarm Line” number (780-449-6707) that alarm monitoring companies use to contact our centre is changing.

Although some single-family homes use alarm monitoring, the majority of users are multi-family developments, schools, care facilities, public service buildings and commercial businesses. It is important that these facilities are notified of the change so they may advise their respective alarm monitoring contractors. Therefore, to ensure no delays in response are experienced, we ask that you please pass this information on to any facilities in your area of responsibility that engage an alarm monitoring company.

There will be a transition period during which users dialling the old contact number will be call forwarded to the new contact number, including a recorded message advising of the change. This, together with communication from you, will give users in your area ample time to notify their alarm monitoring companies of the change so procedural documentation can be updated with the new number.

Old number (calls will be forwarded until 12/31/2017) – 780 449-6707

New number (effective 09/25/2017) – 780 449-9701

Preparation of Combined Assessment/Tax Notices

Notice is hereby given that the 2017 combined Assessment/Tax Notices have been prepared and mailed June 1, 2017 to all taxpayers as per Section 311 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

The Assessment Roll is available for review at the County of Minburn No. 27 office during business hours. Any person wishing to make a complaint about assessment must do so in accordance with Section 460 MGA within sixty (60) days from the date on the combined Assessment/Tax notice (Section 309(1)(c) MGA). A complaint must be in the form prescribed in Section 460(2) MGA and must be accompanied with the fees detailed on the back of the combined assessment/tax notice. This form is available at the County of Minburn No. 27 Administration office.

All assessed persons are deemed to have received their combined Assessment/Tax Notice as a result of this publication.

Myrna Swihun
Taxation Supervisor