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The Ontario Building Code is a Provincial regulation that is administered by the Building Department of the Township of North Huron. The code pertains to the health and fire safety of buildings and ensures construction to a minimum standard.

Building permits are required for the construction of new buildings or structures, building additions, swimming pools, decks, erection of signs and for most structural alterations. Permits are required for all structures over 108 square feet or renovations that affect a bearing wall or are over $2,000 in value.

Building Permit applications can be obtained at the Township of North Huron Municipal Office during regular office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Applications are reviewed on a first in, first served basis and issued according to Section 2.4 of the Ontario Building Code. Building permit fees vary depending on the type of building or structure being constructed. Please contact the Township of North Huron Building Department for information on detailed permit fees.

Building inspections can be arranged by contacting the Township of North Huron Building Department during office hours. The Building Department office hours are Tuesday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Appointments are not necessary from 8:30 am to noon.  Inspections will be made from 1 pm to 5 pm with 48 hours notice preferred to book an inspection. When calling please provide the building permit number, property owner and location for the job that you would like inspected.

Building permit application process

  1. Fill out application; questions can be directed to the Chief Building Official,
  2. Require a Site Plan, Site Drainage Plans, Foundation Plans, Floor Plans, Sections & Details, Building Elevations, Floor and/or Roof Truss Systems as Approved by the Manufactures Engineer.
  3. MDS and Nutrient Management Plan if required.
  4. Require 2 sets of construction plans (one will be returned with the building permit),

Issuance of a building permit

After receipt of the building permit application, the Chief Building Official reviews the application, site plan and construction plans. If everything is in order, the building permit will be issued and the applicant will be notified.

Related Documents

Building Permit Application Process
Application For A Permit To Construct Or Demolish
Building/Demolition Permit Fees
Swimming Pool Fence Regulations By-Law No.26, 2003
Sign By-Law No.60-2007

Copies of the related documents to the building permit process can be obtained from the Municipal Office during regular office hours. Example: By-Law No.26, 2003-Fencing of Privately Owned Swimming Pools states in part:

Required Swimming Pool Enclosure

The owner, lessee or occupant of any lands on which a privately owned outdoor swimming pool as located or erected shall install and maintain in good order the enclosure around the entire swimming pool area, the purpose of such closure being to render the pool area inaccessible to small children acting on their own.

The swimming pool enclosure required by this by-law shall extend from the effective ground level to a minimum vertical height of;

  1. 5’0” (1.52 meters) in the case of a privately owned outdoor swimming pool serving a detached or semi-detached dwelling unit or a multiple family development of not more than four dwelling units.
  2. 6’0” (1.83 meters) in the case of a privately owned outdoor swimming pool serving a multiple family development containing more than four dwelling units: or a commercial development, such as a hotel, motel, swimming pool sales display or a club.


 Building Permit Stats


Number of Permits

Number of New Residential Units

2013 77 3
2012 78 5
2011 73 14
2010 102 11
2009 88 16