April 6, 2020

The following is an update related to the status of Development Services - Building Services. In the event of a conflict between this update and any previous ones herein, this update shall govern.


In accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), effective Saturday, April 4, 2020 for the next 14 days, considering the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves:

Permit Applications

Applications (both those already in the queue and any new ones accepted after Saturday, April 4, 2020) will be reviewed as per the current protocol. 

New permit applications, including any additional forms, can be submitted digitally in PDF format to our building permit email. Applicants will receive an email notifying them of their application’s acceptance or outlining the reasons why the application was not accepted. If accepted, an invoice will be attached to the email, outlining the calculated building permits fees. Prior to permit issuance, fees are payable by cheque to ‘Town of Milton'.

Building  Inspections

      1. Building Services will continue to provide the current inspection services with respect to RESIDENTIAL construction work associated with a building permit issued before Saturday, April 4, 2020 (11:59 pm). 
        • Unoccupied residential projects
          • Inspection conducted independently by the Building Official
          • 2m social distance should site superintendent wishes to accompany inspector
          • If the above requirements are not followed most notably the minimum 2 metres (6.5 feet) social distancing, the Building Official will provide a verbal warning. If not followed a second time, the Building Official will advise that the inspection is over (not passed). A re-inspection may occur a minimum of two (2) business days later.
          • Building Officials will use their best judgment to evaluate any potential concerns.
        • Occupied residential projects (renovations, basement finishes, secondary suites, etc.)
          • At this time, inspections of occupied buildings will not be conducted for the safety of the occupant and/or Building Officials. Inspection request will be rescheduled in order in which they are received. Management is actively developing reasonable solutions to address this issue and will update as soon as possible. Should you have any questions or concerns about occupied buildings please contact the Manager, Building Inspections
        • As per the EMCPA no inspections will be conducted for work associated with RESIDENTIAL construction under a permit issued after Saturday, April 4, 2020.
      2. Inspections will continue to be conducted under a building permit for work associated with INSTITUTIONAL healthcare sector facilities or buildings (expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care services) regardless of the date the permit was issued.
      3. Inspections will continue to be conducted under a building permit issued for critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors regardless of the date the permit was issued.
      4. Inspections will continue to be conducted for work associated with an INDUSTRIAL building permit for:
        • the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
        • significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced
        • industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
      5. Inspections for construction work associated with any INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL or INSTITUTIONAL permits with the exception of pars. 2 to 4 above, are suspended.

Permits for Signs, Pools Enclosures and Compliance Letters

Permit processing for the following, continues to be received electronically and remains unchanged:

    • Sign permits
    • Swimming Pool Fence Permits
    • Zoning Compliance Letters

Once a building permit is issued, you will need a building inspection. A building inspection will ensure that your project is safe and follows the regulations and guidelines set out in the Ontario Building Code. An inspection will also make sure you follow Town of Milton by-laws, Region of Halton regulations and other regulating bodies.

Book an inspection

You can also call to request an inspection at 905-878-7252 x2396. You’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Building permit number and address
  • Contact name and telephone number
  • Inspection type

You may need to get a building inspection at various times throughout a building project and when the project is complete. It is the permit holder or property owner’s responsibility to get all necessary inspections.

Septic re-inspection program

You’ll be notified by mail if you are required to perform a septic maintenance inspection. If you receive this notification, you’ll need to arrange for a qualified consultant who has a Building Code Inspection Number (BCIN), Architect or Engineer to do an inspection. They’ll need to:

Please submit the report and certificate to:

Town of Milton
Building Division
150 Mary St.
Milton, ON L9T 6Z5

Learn more about this program by reading our Septic Maintenance Inspection Program Brochure.