Building Permits

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Before you begin any construction or renovations, it's your responsibility to get the necessary permits.

Your approved building permit is proof that your project plans have been reviewed and approved by the municipality for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, the local zoning bylaw and any other applicable laws and regulations.

The City of Woodstock Building Department has a one permit system, which means the permit to Construction or Demolition includes building, mechanical, plumbing and site drainage work. This permit is also used for sheds, decks, porches, garages, carports, interior & exterior renovations. Zoning By-law compliance and site plan approval (where applicable) are also part of the permit process.

Permit applications forms

What to include with your application

Applications for building permits should be accompanied with 2 sets of construction drawings (property survey or site plan, site services plan/grading plan, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and sprinkler) depending on the work involved.

Information packages

When is a building permit required?

A building permit is required under the Ontario Building Code Act for the construction or alteration of any structure over 10 m2 (108 sq. ft.) in area and under the Building By-law Municipal Code Chapter 252, a building permit is required for construction of sheds and decks under 10 m2 (108 sq. ft.) in area to ensure compliance to the zoning bylaw.

Contact the Building Department if you have questions or would like to pick up a paper copy of the application form.

The following is a list of typical projects that require a permit:

  • Adding or removing most walls
  • Attached or detached garages
  • Basement or main floor walkouts
  • Carports
  • Completion of rough-in fireplaces
  • Construction of any new building or structure on your property
  • Construction of non-load bearing basement walls
  • Damp-proofing basements
  • Decks or porches
  • Dormers
  • Excavating or constructing a foundation
  • Furnace replacements
  • Installation or changes to air conditioning systems
  • Installation or changes to plumbing
  • Major duct work changes
  • Material alterations, additions or repairs to a building
  • New fireplaces
  • New or structural alteration to windows or doors
  • Renovation or converting an existing building (change of use and occupancy)
  • Repairs to masonry
  • Replacement of roofing
  • Sheds
  • Solariums
  • Sunrooms
  • Temporary buildings, mobile homes or pre-fab structures

Building permit fees

  • Fees for building permits vary depending on the type of work being done. Read the complete list of building permit fees.

When considering any kind of construction on your property it is a good idea to discuss your plans with local building staff first. They will help determine the permits and approvals you might need.