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Building Permits

The City of Woodstock Building Department has a one permit system. This means the application for a permit to construct or demolish is used for projects such as: construction of structures, mechanical/plumbing work and site drainage work. This permit application form is also used for the construction of sheds, decks, porches, garages, carports, interior and exterior renovations. Zoning by-law compliance and site plan approval (where applicable) are also part of the permit process.

WHEN IS A BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED?

Building permits are required for a variety of different projects. Be sure to check if your project requires a permit by visiting our Do I need a Building Permit? page before you begin your construction project.

Please Note:  We do not accept building permit applications/requests via email. An application along with the necessary paperwork must be submitted either in person or mailed to the Engineering Office, Building Department at 944 James Street.  Applicable fees are also required at the time the application is received.

PERMIT APPLICATION FORMS

When considering any kind of construction on your property, it is best to discuss your plans with local building staff before you begin your project. They will help to determine the permits and approvals that you may require. Email or call 519-539-2382 ext. 3103 or ext. 3106 and leave as much detail as possible about your proposed project.

CONSTRUCT OR DEMOLISH  PERMIT

You are required to complete an application for a permit to construct or demolish for any structure that you are proposing to construct. (Houses, sheds, decks, porches (uncovered or covered), garages, carports, interior/exterior renovations/alterations, additions, etc.)

Construct or Demolish Permit Application Form

REQUIRED CLEARANCES FOR DEMOLITION

You are required to complete a clearances for demolition form in its entirety in addition to the application for a permit to Construct or Demolish, if you are proposing to demolish an existing structure.

Required Clearances for Demolition Permit

SIGN PERMIT

Along with the completed Sign Permit Application Form, a site plan showing the location of the proposed sign must be provided. Please note on the application, the date of installation and the date of removal for all temporary mobile signs. If you do not own the property, owner authorization/approval in the form of a letter must be provided with the application form. For information on our sign bylaw, please follow the link for more information on our Sign Permits and Application Forms.

POOL FENCE ENCLOSURE PERMIT

If you are proposing to install a pool, you will require a pool fence enclosure permit. If a fence is existing, please note the type of material/construction and height of the fence on your required site plan. A permit is not required for a fence if you do not have a pool. See pool fence requirement package below for more details.

Swimming Pool Fence Permit Application Form

MOVING PERMIT FOR OVER-SIZED LOADS

If you are proposing to move a large or oversized structure within City boundaries, you are required to take out a permit.

Over-sized Load Permit Application Form

DRIVEWAY WIDENING/EXCAVATION PERMIT

If you plan on expanding your driveway, a permit is required. You must provide a drawing showing your existing driveway, the proposed expansion, drawings of all infrastructure around your driveway including trees, street light fixtures, hydrants, etc. For residential units with individual private driveways, driveways are permitted to cover a maximum of 50% of the front yard or exterior side yard with parking. 

If you are planning on excavating on city property to widen your driveway, you will also require an Road Allowance Excavation Permit (below).

Driveway Extension/Excavation Permit Application Form

ROAD ALLOWANCE EXCAVATION PERMIT

If you are planning to dig, build or excavate, it is important to locate all of your utility lines first. In fact, under the Ontario regulations, it is the law.  Please call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255.

Working on City Right-of-Way/Property

If you are planning on digging in the City's right-of-way/City property, an excavation permit is required. For more information on excavation permits please call 519-539-2382 ext. 3114.

Road Allowance Excavation Permit Application Form

Working on Private Property

If you are working on private property, you do not require an excavation permit. However, if you are repairing or connecting to the City's sanitary sewer and water services a Building Permit is required along with inspections of the work performed. 

Construct or Demolish Building Permit Form

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED WITH PERMIT APPLICATION FORMS

Along with your completed application form, you will be required to include two sets of each item noted below:

  • Site plan/property survey showing the location and outside measurements of your house and any covered structures such as sheds, porches, garages, decks, etc. If you do not have a property survey, you may provide your own site plan drawing, provided that it is to scale. The City of Woodstock does not provide copies of property surveys. These documents are under copyright and can be obtained by a professional surveying company at a cost to the homeowner.

  • Construction drawings showing the types of materials to be used, floor plans including foundation plans if applicable, elevation plans sections and details. Construction drawings are not required if your accessory structure is 108 sq. ft. or less.

  • Other applicable drawings such as site servicing plans, grading plans, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and sprinkler drawings, depending on the work proposed.

INFORMATION PACKAGES

These packages provide information on a variety of construction projects. If you have any further questions, please contact the Building Department at 519-539-2382 ext. 3103 or 3106.

BUILDING PERMIT FEES

Fees for building permits vary, depending on the type of work being done. Please follow the link to our Building Permit Fees page for pricing.

MINOR VARIANCES 

If your construction or renovation project has been denied a building permit, please see our Minor Variances page for more information on how to proceed.  

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7

 

Phone: 519-539-1291
TTY: 519-539-7268
Email: General Information

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