Lambton Shores Building Department

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Building and Renovating

What is a building permit?

A building permit is a formal approval to construct, add to, move or remove a building on your property.

The Ontario Building Code Act requires that a building permit be obtained for the construction of a new structure, or an addition or alteration of any structure which results in a building area of more than 10 m2 (108 square feet).

Please note that it is illegal to construct or demolish a structure without first obtaining a building permit. Anyone found guilty of building without a permit or has not followed an order issued by a Building Official can be fined under the Ontario Building Code Act.

Why do I require a permit?

Building Inspections protect the interests of both the individual and the community as a whole. The Building Department ensures that all construction in the municipality meets the Building Code's minimum standards for fire and structural safety standards. The review by a qualified individual also ensures the plans comply with the regulations of the local municipal zoning by-laws as well as all other applicable laws and regulations.

Please note: If the contractor or designer obtains the building permit on your behalf, it is still the building/property owner who is ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements.

When do I need a permit?

Examples of works that require a building permit:

  • Construct a new building
  • Solar panels installed on buildings
  • Renovate, repair or add to a building
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building
  • Install, change or remove most walls
  • Make new openings for, or change the size of windows and doors
  • Add a skylight
  • Build a garage
  • Build a balcony or deck (over 2 feet off the ground)
  • Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • Install or modify heating, plumbing, air conditioning ductwork
  • Reconstruct a chimney, add a wood burning fireplace
  • Duct work

 Examples of works that do not require a building permit are:

  • Replace existing, same-size doors and windows
  • Install siding on small residential buildings
  • Build a roofless deck less than two feet in height
  • Build a utility shed less than 10 m2 (108 square feet)
  • Re-shingle a roof, providing there is no structural work
  • Install eaves trough, providing that drainage is on your own property
  • Replace or increase insulation, dry-wall or plaster
  • Damp-proof basements
  • Paint or decorate
  • Install kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing
  • Erect a fence (fence will need to comply with Municipal regulations)
  • Replace existing forced air furnace (that does not include any duct work)
  • Minor electrical work

If you have more questions, contact the Building Department.

Development Charges
TAKE NOTICE that on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 the Council of the Municipality of Lambton Shores will hold a public meeting, pursuant to Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended, to present and obtain public input on the Municipality's proposed developed charges by-law and underlying background study.  Notice of Public Meeting.

Development Charges Background Study November 2017


We initiated a Development Charges review and study in 2005 and have updated the study as required since that time.  The most recent information is noted below:

Development Charges By-law 138

2017 Development Charges Brochure

November 2012 Development Charges Background Study

Development Charges Background Study

Development Charges Background Study November 2017

Council has engaged B.M. Ross and Associates to complete a new Development Charges (DC) Background Study. Council met with B.
M. Ross on Tuesday May 16th to review the DC legislation, history, processes, and timelines.  PowerPoint Presentation to Council on May 16, 2017.

Building Permit Application

For further clarifications or questions, please contact Randy Lovie, Chief Building Official.

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