Building Permits

What is a Building Permit?

            A building permit is a licence which grants legal permission to start construction of a building. Permits allow the enforcement of codes, standards, and bylaws which have been adopted by the local or provincial governing body. The enforcement of the building code standards and bylaws is carried out to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The governing body which enforces the code is acting to assure safe construction.

 

Why a Building Permit?

            A building permit provides the means for building officials to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and is therefore ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. A building permit helps the public understand what the local or provincial laws are in relation to the construction of a building. Before any construction or any remodelling work begins applications for a permit should be made. The building permit provides the means for the building official to inspect construction, ensure minimum standards are met, and appropriate materials are used.

 

A BUILDING PERMIT IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION!!

A FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR ALL BUILING PERMITS.

 

What Projects Require Building Permits?

  • New building construction
  • Structural change
  • Garages and carports
  • Decks
  • Mobile homes
  • Renovations, alterations, and additions to an existing building
  • Demolition of an existing building
  • Relocation of an existing building
  • Basement development in a dwelling unit
  • Change of use or occupancy of a building
  • Work to remedy an unsafe condition or fire official’s order
  • Temporary buildings
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Installing bay, bow, or box windows in new or existing openings
  • Interior alterations
  • Exterior landings that are greater than 2.25m2 in area and/or landings that are 600mm or more above grade level
  • Exterior stairs that are four or more risers high
  • Roof enclosures over an existing deck
  • Re-roofing of one-unit to four-unit dwellings if support structure (roof sheathing) is being replaces or pitch is being changed

NOTE:

  • Permits expire after 6 months from date of issue but may be renewed for a further 6 months without fee.
  • It is the responsibility of the owner to locate all utility lines and easements. Check with Land Titles and utility companies.
  • The plumbing system shall not be constructed, extended, altered, or renewed unless a plumbing permit has been obtained. For plumbing information, call you plumbing contractor

What Projects Do Not Require Building Permits

  • Insulating perimeter basement walls or drywall, paneling or stucco
  • Replacing doors and windows in existing openings except for bay, bow, or box windows
  • Driveways and parking lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Painting, decorating, laying carpet, and general maintenance
  • Replacement using the same material and not affecting structural, electrical, or mechanical systems (roofing, siding, windows)