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Building Permits ensure that construction meets with standards set out in the Ontario Building Code. Obtaining a Building Permit helps to protect your investment and reduce the risk of improper and unsafe construction. Building Permits protect you and your family from tragedy caused by fire, structural collapse and general deterioration of the structures that surround you: your home, school, office, stores and other businesses.
A Building Permit is a document which grants legal permission to undertake the construction, alteration, repair, change of use, or demolition of a building or structure.
A Building Permit is required for any new building greater than 10 square metres (108 square feet), any addition to an existing building, any material alterations to an existing building which effects: the structural design of the building; mechanical; electrical; plumbing services; fire separations; exiting; fire protection systems; and the use of buildings. Home improvement projects that require a Building Permit may include:
A Building Permit is not required for a structure such as a shed or gazebo which measures less than 10 square metres (107 square feet) in area.
Below is a list of other projects that do not require a permit. Although a Building Permit may not be required, you must still comply with the requirements of the Zoning By-law.
If you are not sure if you need a building permit for your project, you can find out by contacting the building department by phone at 705-672-3363
You can obtain an Application for a Building Permit by dropping by City Hall.. An application can also be downloaded here.
A "complete" application includes the completed application form, construction drawings prepared by a qualified person, and the building permit fee.
Building Permit application fees are set by Council and are reviewed yearly. Fees are based on the value of construction which includes all materials and labour for the building. The value of the land and landscaping are not included in the fees. The current building permit fees are available in our by-laws section listed under ByLaw 2013-052.
It is the property owner's responsibility to ensure that a Building Permit is obtained when required. You may authorize your contractor or designer to apply for the Building Permit, but you should ensure that they have the permit prior to starting construction.
Pre-consultation - Staff of the building department are available to meet with you before you submit your application for Building Permit to provide you with some of the information you will need to make your application so that you can proceed with your project without undue delay.
For small projects like home renovations and additions, building officials will generally issue the Building Permit within one week from the day that your application is a "complete" application. For a larger project like a new home, the permit may take two weeks to process.
Making sure that your application has all of the information that the Building Code requires is the best way to ensure that your permit is not delayed. You are encouraged to contact the building department by phone at 705-672-3363 to discuss your project well in advance of your proposed construction start date.
You can start building as soon as you receive your Building Permit.
You must build your project according to the plans that were approved by the City. The Building Code requires you to post the Building Permit in a window or other prominent place at the construction site, keep a copy of the building plans at the site, and bring any proposed changes to the attention of the building official immediately. Changes may require a review and approval in the same manner as the original application.
Each major phase of construction must be inspected by a building official to make certain the work conforms to the Building Code, the Building Permit and the approved plans. The mandatory inspections required for your project will be indicated on the Building Permit.
Building officials do not automatically inspect your project. You or your contractor is required to contact the Building Department to request an inspection before work proceeds from one inspection stage to the next.
Building officials are generally able to do an inspection with 24 hours notice. The Building Code mandates that a building official must make an inspection within 48 hours of a request.
If the work is not inspected at the required stage, you may be asked to uncover and expose the work for inspection. If the building official finds that some work does not conform to the approved plans, he or she will advise you that the situation is to be remedied. If the violation is serious, a stop work order may be posted until the problem is resolved. Another inspection may be necessary before work is resumed.
You may call 705-672-3363.
A Building Official will answer your questions or meet with you to discuss your construction project.