Do I need a Building Permit

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. 

Below are some examples of projects that require a permit. If you are not sure if your project requires a permit, please call our Building Technician to enquire.

  • Adding or removing most walls,
  • Attached or detached garages,
  • Basement or main floor walkouts,
  • Carports and Garages,
  • 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,
  • Installation, replacement or repair of storm, sanitary sewers and water services,
  • 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 or altering a roofing structure (if changing shingles only, no permit is required),
  • Sheds (all sizes),
  • Solariums,
  • Sunrooms, and
  • Temporary buildings, mobile homes or pre-fab structures.

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