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Building Houses

Building Permits

Building permits: why are they required?

A building permit is necessary when you wish to construct, renovate, demolish or change the use of a building. Building permits allow your municipality to protect the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole. By reviewing and approving building permit applications before any work is done, the municipality can ensure that the buildings comply with the Building Code, the zoning by-law, and other control mechanisms with respect to building plans and development.

When do you need a building permit?

You must obtain a building permit before you:

  • Construct or install any new building/structure

  • Install siding, windows or doors

  • Do plumbing changes, etc.

  • Make renovations or repairs, or add to a building

  • Change the use of a building

  • Excavate or construct a foundation

  • Construct a seasonal building

  • Install a swimming pool (more than 18” in depth)

  • Construct a fence (more than 6’6” in height)

  • Construct a deck

  • Etc.

Contact us if you have any questions in this regard.

How and when to apply for a building permit

It is necessary to apply for a building permit at least 10 working days before the anticipated starting date. Be prepared to provide, at application time, a description of the work to be done, along with a plan or sketch of the buildings indicating the anticipated outcome. It’s a good idea to talk to municipal staff before you apply. They can tell you what information, drawings and plans you will need to include with the application, and whether you will need any other permits or approvals.

How much?

Depends on the scope of work. Minimum of $61.50.

Demolition permits

Before you tear down all or part of a building, you must apply for a demolition permit.  The process is very similar.

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