Building Permits

Building Services serves the community by ensuring all construction requiring a building permit, meets the standards set out in the Ontario Building Code (OBC). We review and inspect the project from the permit submission until construction is complete.

Building Permit Requirements

The requirements for building permits differ based on the type of construction and proposed work. The following documents outline the requirements when applying for a building permit.

Minor Construction

Moderate Construction

Major Construction

Building Permit Applications & Standard Forms

To simplify the building permit process and help applicants submit a complete application the most common forms are provided below:

Building Permit Fees

List of fees for building and demolition permits.
All building permit fees are outlined in Building By-law. Fees are exempt from HST. Fees are due at the time of submitting an application.

Section A: Construction of new buildings, additions to buildings, including mezzanines

 

Item

Occupancy Classification

 Work Description

Multiplier

Flat Fee

1

Group A – Assembly

Shell Only(1)

$10.00

 

2

 

Complete Building (partitioned, finished, mezzanine)

$17.00

 

3

Group B – Institutional

All Types

$18.00

 

4

Group C – Residential

Detached, Semi-Detached, Duplex, Triplex, Townhouse

$13.50

 

5

 

Apartment, Multiple Unit Buildings

$13.50

 

6

 

Motel, Hotel

$13.50

 

7

Group D – Business and Personal Services

Shell Only(1)

$10.00

 

8

 

Complete Building (partitioned, finished, mezzanine)

$14.00

 

9

Group E – Mercantile

Shell Only(1)

$10.00

 

10

 

Complete Building (partitioned, finished, mezzanine)

$13.00

 

11

Group F – Industrial

Shell Only(1)

$7.00

 

12

 

Complete Building (partitioned, finished, mezzanine)

$9.00

 

13

 

Unserviced Storage Building

$5.00

 

14

 

Parking Garage

$4.00

 

15

 

Farm Building

$4.00

 

16

All Occupancies

Service Floors

$4.00

 

Section B: Alteration, Repair and Other Structures

 

Item

Occupancy Classification

 Work Description

Multiplier

Flat Fee

17

Group A – Assembly

 

$8.00

 

18

Group B – Institutional

 

$6.30

 

19

Group C – Residential

Accessory Apartment

$8.81

 

20

 

Retrofit Accessory Apartment

 

$134

21

 

All other Residential Occupancies

$6.52

 

22

Group D – Business and Personal Services

 

$7.10

 

23

Group E – Mercantile

 

$5.14

 

24

Group F – Industrial

 

$4.74

 

25

Other Structures

Accessory Utility Building (garden shed, gazebo)

 

$134

26

 

Below Grade Entrance

 

$300

27

 

Detached or Semi-detached Carport/Garage(2)

 

$155

   

Deck/Platform/Porch (unenclosed)

 

$134

   

Foundation/Unfinished Basement

$4.00

 

28

 

Permanent Tent/Air Supported Structure

$4.00

 

29

 

Retaining Wall (per metre of length or part thereof)

$11.00

$800 min.

 

30

 

Single, Detached Portable Classroom

 

$300

31

 

Temporary Building or Tent(3)

 

$300

32

 

Temporary Sales Structure

 

$500

Section C: Miscellaneous

 

Item

Occupancy Classification

 Work Description

Multiplier

Flat Fee

33

Residential Service Connections

Service Connection (per lot)

 

$134

34

Solar Panels

Serving Individual Dwellings

 

$134

35

 

Serving all other Buildings

 

$434

36

 

Balcony Guard Replacement/Repair (per metre of length)

$1.50

 

37

 

Electromagnetic Locking Device (each)

 

$200/ea.

$800 max.

38

 

Fireplace/Woodstove

 

$134

39

 

Parking Structure Repair

$1.00

 

Classes of Permits and Permit Fees

 

Item

Class of Permit

By-law Reference

Fee Payable

1.

Building Permit

3.2.1.

11.1.2.

See Schedule ‘B' - Table 2

Minimum fee payable:

Minor Permits - $134

Moderate Permits - $134

Major Permits - $300

2.

Demolition Permit

3.2.2.

$0.23 per square metre of floor area

3.

Permit for a Stage of Construction (Partial Building Permit)

3.2.3.

An amount equal to 10% of the building permit fee for each phase of construction.

Minimum fee in accordance with Item 1 of this table

Maximum fee is $500

Partial permit fees are non-refundable.

4.

Conditional Building Permit

3.2.6.

An amount equal to 10% of the building permit fee.

Minimum fee in accordance with Item 1 of this table

Maximum fee is $1000

Conditional permit fees are non-refundable.

5.

Change of Use Permit

(No construction proposed)

3.2.7.

$300 flat fee

6.

Site Servicing Permit

3.2.8.

An amount equal to 2.5% of the estimated construction value of the servicing

7.

Signs Permit (regulated by the Building Code)

3.2.9.

$250 per sign

Other Permit Fees

 

Item

Fee Type

By-law Reference

Fee Payable

8.

Resubmission of application previously found to be incomplete.

6.

25% of permit fee

9.

Revision to application or permit

8.

11.2.1.

11.2.2.

$100 per hour

The minimum fee for the review shall be the minimum fee in accordance with Item 1 of this table

10.

Alternative Solution Examination Fee

5.

11.2.3

$500 or an amount equal to 10% of the building permit fee, whichever is lesser.

Alternative Solution fees are non-refundable.

11.

Transfer of Permit

9.

$134 flat fee

12.

Permit Surcharge

11.3.

The greater of:

Surcharge of 25% of the permit fee when construction has begun and a permit application has been received;

Surcharge of 50% of permit fee when construction has begun and no permit application has been received, or

$134 flat fee

13.

Other fees

Schedule "A" 1.1.3.

Where a fee is not listed in the tables above, a fee shall be paid in the amount of $15 for each $1000 or part thereof of the construction value prescribed by the Chief Building Official.

Development Charges

Development Charges

Building Statement of Activities

Statement of Activities report

Non-Residential Building Permits

The following information is required when submitting a permit application for a non-residential building.

Designer Requirements

All construction drawings for the permit application are required to be prepared by a qualified designer, architect, professional engineer, or a combination thereof, depending on the building description and scope of work.

The OBC requires qualified and registered designers who review and take responsibility for design activities to include the following information on any documents submitted to the Chief Building Official:

  • The name and building code identification number (BCIN) of the registered firm.
  • A statement that the qualified person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities.
  • The name and BCIN of the qualified person.
  • The signature of the qualified person.
  • Completed Schedule 1 – Designer Information form

The OBC specified when a project is required to be designed and reviewed by an architect, professional engineer, or both. When the construction requires an architect and/or professional engineer the person retained is responsible for the following:

  • Commitment to General Review by Architect or Professional Engineer form
  • Ensure design and construction is in accordance with the performance standards of the Ontario Association of Architects or the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
  • Determine whether the construction is in general conformity with the plans, drawings, graphic representations, specifications and other documents, including revisions.
  • Provide copies of written reports arising out of the general review to the Chief Building Official.

Drawing Requirements

Depending on the construction project different permit requirements apply. Refer to the Building Permit Requirements to find out what is needed for the building permit submission.