COVID-19 UPDATE

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

 

Before any construction of a new building or renovation can begin, you will need to obtain a building permit. Whether you are finishing your basement, adding windows or doors or constructing a deckfence or pool, you’ll need a building permit. Building without a permit can result in fines and penalties as set out in the Building Code Act.

Apply for a permit

Complete a Building Permit Application and submit the application along with required drawings, documents and other forms to:

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'.

Drawing submission guidelines

Please follow our submission guidelines when submitting your permit application.

 Digital submissions
 

You can submit digital files on a USB flash drive, CD or DVD when you submit the permit application. Digital files must:

  • Be in PDF format and generated directly from the software used to create them (e.g. AutoCAD, Softplan, Revit, etc.) using a PDF printer or converter (no scanned copies)
  • Have the document properties/restrictions/security settings/permissions set to allow “printing” and “adding markups”
 Paper submissions

All paper submissions must be:

  • Black and white
  • Drawn to an appropriate scale (3/16”=1’ or metric equivalent)
  • Clearly legible

In addition:

  • All walls must be drawn as double lines to accurately show thickness
  • You must distinguish between existing and proposed construction
  • Every page should include the address and designer information

Digital submissions

Paper submissioRates and fees

Rates and fees

Review our permit application fees.

 Residential building permit fees
 

View the most common residential building permit fees in Milton.

Common residential building permit fees
Type Fee
New house or addition to house $16.02/m²
Multiple-unit building or apartment $16.02/m² 
Shed, detached garage, gazebo or personal workshop

$144.84 (up to 27.83m²)

$8.38/m² (over 27.83m²)

New unenclosed deck or porch, or alteration to existing deck $144.84 (flat rate) 
Basement walkouts, exterior stairs $234.60 (flat rate)

 

Interior renovations
Type Fee
Interior alteration $5.81/m² 
Finished basement $5.81/m²
Secondary dwelling unit (basement apartment) $8.51/m²
New opening (window or door) or side door entrance $234.60
Fireplace or woodstove $234.60 
New plumbing or alteration $234.60 

 

Septic fees
Type Fee
New or replacement septic system $734.40
Septic tank or bed replacement or repair $367.20
Review of existing septic system $182.58

 

Other fees
Type Fee
Demolition  $234.60
Temporary tent $234.60
Swimming pool enclosure permit (including hot tubs) $179
Property Information Report $111
File retrieval Actual Cost plus $120.98
Copies of building plans  $265.10
Permit transfer $153
Certificate of Occupancy $126
 Industrial, Commercial and Institutional building permit fees
 

View the most common industrial, commercial and institutional building permit fees in Milton.

  • It costs $24.30/m² for all permits for new buildings and additions to existing buildings for assembly uses.
  • It costs $26.84/m² for all permits for new buildings and additions to existing buildings for care or detention uses.
Residential use fees
Type Fee
Multiple unit buildings (apartments) $16.02/m²
Hotel or motel $16.02/m²

 

Business and personal services use fees
Type Fee
Shell only (no occupancy) $15.01/m²
Partitioned and finished $18.20/m²

 

Mercantile use fees
Type Fee
Shell only (no occupancy) $12.74/m²
Partitioned and finished $15.71/m²

 

Industrial use fees
Type Fee
Shell only (no occupancy) $10.42/m²
Partitioned and finished $11.23/m²
Parking garage $6.03/m²
Farm buildings $3.68/m²

 

Mechanical, plumbing and safety use fees
Type Fee
Special systems (commercial exhaust, spray booth, dust collectors and CO detectors, etc.) $459 
Sprinkler systems $0.89/m²
Electromagnetic locks $126.48 each
Fire alarm $606.90
Site servicing (sanitary, storm and water) $3.46/m for each separate line

 

Other fees
Type Fee
Interior alterations (all building classifications) $5.81/m²
Elective changes (revisions) $387.60
Racking system 1.28% of the construction value or minimum $234.60 (flat rate)
Change of use (no construction or increase in hazard) $234.60
Designated structures $433.50
Demolition $234.60
Signs 1.60% of prescribed value or minimum $234.60 (flat rate)
Tents $234.60

All m2 fees are subject to a minimum of a $234.60 fee. 

Additional forms

Depending on the type of renovation, you may be required to submit additional forms along with your permit application.

Application guidelines

Review our common permit application checklists to make sure your application includes all of the necessary drawings and documents:

Permit statistics

Review our monthly construction activity reports:

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