The Building Department assists developers, contractors, and the general public interested in obtaining a building permit. Prior to granting approval, the plans examiner reviews plans submitted for Ontario Building Code & Municipal Zoning compliances.
It is recommended that applicants first investigate what will be required by them in order to obtain a building permit. Most permits require building plans and a site plan; however, some may also require a copy of your deed, proof of entrance approval, conservation authority approval, septic or water and sewer approval and/or payment of development fees.
When is a Permit Required?
There are a variety of projects that require a permit. Some of the projects are listed below:
New and replacement waterlines
Construct a new building
Any addition to an existing building
Renovate, repair or add to a building
Change a building’s use
Install, change, or remove partitions and load bearing walls
Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows
Build a garage, balcony or deck
Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
Install or modify plumbing systems
Install or reconstruct chimneys or fireplaces
An accessory structure large than 108 sq. ft. in area
A deck more than 24” above ground
A wood burning stove/fireplace installation
A basement entrance
Finishing an existing unfinished basement
Installing a swimming pool (in-ground or above ground)
Installing a Fence
The above is a basic list. If you are unsure if you would be required to obtain a building permit, call our office and inquire before you start construction.
When is a Permit Not Required?
You do not require a Building Permit for the following:
Replace existing doors and windows (same-size), subject to distance from property lines
Install siding on small residential buildings, subject to distance from property lines
Build a roofless deck under 0.61 metres (2 feet) that is not attached to a building
Build a utility shed under 100 sq. ft.
Re-shingle a roof
Dry-wall or plaster
Paint or decorate
Install kitchen or bathroom cupboards
For electrical and Union Gas related projects, please contact your utility provider for permitting requirements.
In many cases, your designer or contractor will get permits on your behalf. Remember, as the building owner, you are ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements. Failure to obtain Building Permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action