Why is a Building Permit Needed?

Building Officials require Building Permits to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants is upheld.  Building Permits also help you, the owner, to understand what the local by-laws and regulations are.  Building Officials use Building Permits as a vital step in the enforcement of Codes and By-Laws.  It is through this process, that the Building Officials can help to ensure that your project is built in accordance with all of the applicable Codes and By-Laws.  Before the start of any construction project, a Building Permit must be issued.  To commence without a Building Permit is illegal and a Provincial Offence under the Ontario Building Code Act.

When is a “Building Permit” Required?

●  New construction over 108 square feet (10 m2) in area  
    [i.e. houses and other dwelling]

●  Accessory Buildings over 108 square feet (10 m2) in area
    [i.e. detached garages & tool sheds]

●  Additions/Extensions - of any size to existing buildings
    [i.e. sunrooms, porches, carports, garages, dormers, second storeys, etc.]

●  Wood Decks greater than 24 inches (600 mm) above adjacent finished grade and/or attached to existing building.

●  Renovations 
    [i.e. skylights, patio doors, rec rooms, and other interior renovations]

●  Changes in Use to a use with an increased hazard
    [i.e. from residential to retail]

●  Structural Alteration 
    [i.e. removing load bearing walls, beams, columns, reconstructing basement walls, 
    foundations, floors and roof structures]

●  Prefabricated Buildings over 108 square feet (10 m2) in area
    [i.e. portable classrooms, kiosks, garages, tool sheds, patio roofs/enclosures]

●  Farm Buildings 
    [i.e. barns, greenhouses, etc.]

●  Fireplaces 
    [i.e. wood stoves, chimneys, etc.]

●  Material Alterations - alterations to or new exit facilities, fire separations, fire protection  
    system [i.e. fire alarms, sprinklers, standpipe]

●  Plumbing - alterations or new plumbing systems, as well as, water and sewer installations 
    where applicable

●  Swimming Pool - above ground, in ground, or inflatable

●  Demolition (except for Farm Structures)

●  Permanent Tents

●  Temporary Event Tents

Any other building or structure designated by the Building Code as well as any relocated structure

The previous list should not be considered all inclusive.  If your project is not mentioned, please contact the Building Department.  All buildings are required to meet certain zoning restrictions as to the building location as set out in the applicable Zoning By-Law.  These restrictions apply whether a Building Permit is required or not.

How Do I apply for a Building Permit?

Submit a completed application form with two (2) sets of the required information.  The information required is listed on the Building Permit application for each different section.  An application is considered incomplete if the required information is not submitted at the time of application.  If the application is not complete at the time of submission, delays may occur due to lack of information.  To ensure a quick response, it is important to submit a complete package.

What Happens Next?

Your application and plans will be checked for compliance with the Zoning By-Law, the Ontario Building Code and other applicable regulations.

You will be advised by the Plans Examiner if any modification(s) are required to your plans in order for your project to comply with all applicable codes, by-laws, and regulations.

Your Building Permit will be issued when all necessary approvals have been obtained and all Building Permit Fees have been paid.

Contact the Building Department