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