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As public safety is paramount, the Safety Codes department at Red Deer County would like to bring awareness to County residents regarding farm buildings. Throughout Alberta there have been several farm buildings that have collapsed due to excess snow loads on the roofs. This has the potential to result in loss of life or injury to people and/or livestock.It is important to inform the County when you are constructing a farm building. To ensure the design of your farm building is structurally sound it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of experienced builders and/or qualified carpenters.What is the definition of a farm building?As defined in the Alberta Building Code (2014) farm and acreage buildings include, but are not limited to, produce storage facilities, livestock and poultry housing, milking centres, manure storage facilities, grain bins, silos, feed preparation centres, farm workshops, and horse riding, exercise and training facilities not used by the public. Also including buildings that house farm equipment (combines, bailers, sprayers etc).Do I need a permit for a farm building?If the property is less than 20 acres you will require a Development Permit to ensure you meet the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw. If the property is greater than 20 acres, a Development Permit is not required, however, you still must meet the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw.If the intended use is for personal or public use, you will require a Building Permit to ensure your building is constructed to meet the Alberta Building Code. Depending on the size and height of the buildings, an engineered design may also be required.Do I require any other safety code permits for a farm building?If the farm building has electricity, gas or plumbing you will require the relevant safety code permits.Do I need a Farm Building Record Form?If a Building Permit is not required it is recommended that a Farm Building Record Form be completed, along with a detailed site plan showing where the farm building will be located on the property. There is no charge for this document and it will be added to the land file.For more information regarding farm buildings, please contact our Safety Codes department at 403.350.2170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.