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A building permit is a license of sorts issued by the Building Section of the Planning and Development Department. The permit grants the owner or his/her authorized agent, legal permission to commence construction. Furthermore, the issuance of a building permit provides building officials with the means to enforce the requirements of the code and other applicable standards to ensure compliance.
Building permits are necessary to ensure zoning requirements (contained in municipal by-laws), and building safety standards (contained in the Ontario Building Code) are satisfied in order to maintain or improve the health, fire and structural standards for the general safety of the public. The Ontario Building Code is a provincial regulation administered by the Building and Development Branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Under the Building Code Act, local governments are given authority for the enforcement of the Ontario Building Code within their jurisdiction.
Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction of any structure exceeding an area of 10 m2. (108 ft2.). For example: a structure with outside dimensions of 12'-0" x 9'-0" (108 ft2) would not require a building permit but a building having dimensions of 12'-0" x 10'-0" (120 ft2) would require a permit
A building permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, renovations, relocations, demolitions, and repairs or rehabilitation of a building or structure. Some minor repairs do not require a permit. Listed below are some typical projects and whether or not they require a permit. Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning permits (HVAC), and/or plumbing permits may also be required as a separate permit but are usually reviewed as part of the building permit. It is the responsibility of the owner to obtain a building permit. The approved drawings should be kept on the building site and be readily accessible at all times.
The following are examples of projects that require a building permit:
The following are examples of projects that do not require a building permit:
Note: Although your project may not require a building permit, it does not relieve you of your responsibility to comply with the zoning by-law.
It is unlawful to commence construction without a building permit!
If the work does not comply with the Ontario Building Code requirements,
If you are still not certain whether or not your project requires a building permit, contact the Building Section of the Planning and Development Department. Our staff will be able to assist you in making that determination.
Plans must contain sufficient information to enable staff to determine whether the proposed work conforms to all applicable regulations. Site plans must be referenced to a current plan of survey, certified by a registered Ontario Land Surveyor. A copy of each survey must be submitted with the permit application for most projects. Site plans showing outlines and dimensions of the property, driveways, and existing and proposed buildings may be accepted.
Where required by the Ontario Building Code, drawings must be prepared, sealed and signed by an Architect, Professional Engineer, or both. Two copies of all plans are required for each application.
The owner or his/her authorized agent must file an application, in writing. Proper drawings and specifications must accompany every application. Incomplete applications/drawings will not be accepted.
Permit plans will be reviewed by staff for compliance with the Zoning By-law, Ontario Building Code and other related standards and by-laws. Development Engineering staff will review the proposal with respect to grading and drainage. Where applicable, the Fire Department will examine the plans for compliance with fire safety provisions contained in the Ontario Building Code, the Ontario Fire Code (where applicable) and related standards.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure required approvals from other agencies (where applicable) prior to the issuance of a building permit. Staff will advise the applicant of the required approvals from other government agencies upon permit application.
The time required for the processing of a building permit application varies in accordance with:
There are two busy seasons: Spring and Fall. These relate primarily to ground frost conditions. Processing times will vary from approximately 3 to 5 weeks during the off season and 6 to 8 weeks during peak times.
Our staff is prepared to provide reasonable assistance to the applicant, when requested to do so, but must refrain from assisting in the laying out of work or acting in the capacity of an engineering or architectural consultant. TACBOC Standard Details are available to you upon request and are often used on small projects to supplement the drawings prepared by you.
For complete information on building permit fees, please refer to Bulding Permit Fees on the Rates and Fees page. In addition to the permit fees, other required fees such as municipal, regional and education development charges, damage deposits, cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication, and other applicable fees, must be paid prior to the issuance of a permit.