Building Permits

Do I need a building permit?

When do I need to get a Building Permit?
A building permit must be obtained before you:

  • Construct a new buiding
  • Install a swimming pool
  • Renovate or add to an existing building
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a bulding
  • Change a buildings use
  • Install, change or remove a load bearing wall
  • Make new openings for doors or windows
  • Build a building over 108 sq. ft.
  • Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • Construct or reconstruct a chimney
  • Finish a basement or convert a room to a bedroom

You do not need a building permit to:

  • Replace existing or same size windows and doors
  • Install siding on a residential property, subject to distance from property lines
  • Build a building under 108 sq. ft.  conforming to zoning setbacks
  • Reshingle a roof, provided there is no structural modification
  • Install eavestroughs, provided that drainage is contained to your property
  • Damp proof basements
  • Painting or decorating
  • Replace and reinstall kitchen or bathroom cupboards excluding plumbing
  • Putting up a fence (unless swimming pools or hot tubs are involved)

*Permits are required from the Electrical Safety Authority for any electrical work*
**Owners of Heritage properties are required to complete the Heritage Application process prior to obtaining a building permit**
All applications should be filled out in person at the Building Division. Along with your completed application, you will need to submit the following:

  • Two sets of building plans (site plans floor plans, elevations or cross sections, HVAC and mechanical drawings). (Rolled drawings are acceptable if drawings are too bulky)
  • Applicable permit fee

The Permit Technician at the Building Permit counter will review your application to ensure you have everything that is required.

Drawings and Plans requirements:

  •  Two sets of plans
  • Drawn to scale and printed in ink
  • Must be fully dimensioned in metric or imperial but not in a combination of both
  • Plans must include the title, municipal address, designers name and BCIN number, date of drawing, scale, dimensions, extent of new and existing construction and total work area.

The Building Permit Process:

  1. Consult with the Building Division before submitting an application
  2. Submit application with supporting documents to the Building Division along with required fees
  3. Your application will then be reviewed for completeness and compliance with the local zoning by law, building codes and other applicable legislation
  4. Consultation from other municipal officials
  5. Your application  may be approved or refused
  6. You can decide to appeal the decision
  7. Construction Inspection is required during several stages of construction to completion. It is your responsibility to ensure the inspection calls have been made with a minimum of 48 hours notice being required when booking an inspection of your site.
  8. Satisfactory Completed Construction Notice will be issued upon request
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