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Building Permit Process

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What is required to be submitted?

The Ontario Building Code requires Applications to Construct, Demolish and or the Installation of Septic Systems to be applied for by the registered owner of a property or an authorized agent acting on behalf of the owner.

Fill in and complete the Application to Construct and or Demolish, and/or the Application for Septic System and submit to the Building Department with:

  • 2 sets of Construction Drawings (foundation, floor plan(s), cross section, elevations, pre-engineered building components, etc., as appropriate).
  • 2 copies of the site plan or property survey; or lot grading and drainage plan
  • HVAC design and Schedule 1 Designer Information Form
  • Energy Efficiency Design Summary Form
  • Conservation Authority approval if required
  • If you are uncertain what is required, please contact us via email or phone

Below are Checklists to ensure you submit the neccessary paperwork along with your application when proposing to do the following:


How long does it take to approve a Building Permit Application?

Depending on the project, a permit must be issued from within ten business days to thirty business days pending the type of project, providing all applicable drawings have been received, all fees paid, and any other applicable law has been approved. To ensure your permit application is expedited, ensure you submit all required documentation.

What work requires a permit?

Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required to construct, demolish, renovate, alter, or change the use of a building.

The following is a list of typical projects that require a building permit:

  • Adding a bedroom to the basement
  • Adding a dormer to existing roof
  • Additions to an existing building
  • Attached garage, carport, shed or other roof structures
  • Basement or main floor walkouts
  • Creating a duplex (in-law suite, accessory apartment, granny flat)
  • Decks greater the 24 inches in height above grade
  • Demolition of a structure greater than 108 square feet in building area
  • Detached garage, shed or accessory structure 108 square feet and greater (measured to the outside face of exterior walls)
  • Finishing the basement of a house
  • Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and multi-residential construction or alterations or changes of use
  • Installing a new window or door (when increasing the width of the existing opening)
  • New Residential Dwellings
  • Pending location, a retaining wall that is greater than 1 meter in height
  • Plumbing fixtures added or relocated
  • Re-insulating walls, ceilings, or floors
  • Removing a load bearing wall, column, lintel, or beam
  • Renovation or converting an existing building (change of use)
  • Septic system installations and alterations
  • Site servicing (water or sewer lines) for all building types
  • Solar Panels that are mounted to a building
  • Swimming pool and fence
  • Tent or group of tents that is, more than 60m2 (646 ft2) in aggregate ground area, attached to a building, or constructed within 3m (9'-10") of any structure
  • Woodstove or wood burning fireplace

What work does not require a permit?

A building permit is not required for a detached accessory structure such as a gazebo or tool shed that measures an area of 10 m2 (108 sq ft) or less.

The following is a list of typical projects that do not require a building permit:

  • Decks less than 24 inches in height (not supporting a roof)
  • Door and window replacements (within the existing opening, where no structural members are changed)
  • Fences, unless installed around swimming pool
  • Installing a gas fireplace
  • Installing new shingles on existing roof
  • Installing a water softener
  • Painting, wall papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work
  • Replacing a plumbing fixture (i.e. toilet, bathtub or sink) with a new fixture in the same location.
  • Structure less than 108 square feet measured from the outside face of walls (that does not contain plumbing

When do I require a demolition permit?

A demolition permit is required for all buildings that would normally require a building permit. The Ontario Building Code exempts farm buildings located on agriculture property, however you should complete a Form 357.

The Application for a Permit to Demolish is required to be submitted along with confirmation from all utilities that the services have been disconnected to the building.

Please note: Construction may not proceed until a permit has been issued. The Chief Building Official will oversee the permit application process from the initial application stage through to issuance.


Related Documents

Copies of the related documents to the building permit process can be obtained from the Municipal Office during regular office hours of Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.