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Building and Planning Information

Before making any changes to your property, you will need to look into which Zone your property falls in and check your project against the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw. It will also need to adhere to the Ontario Building Code regulations.

Some projects (such as sheds below a certain size) might not need a building permit, but will still need to adhere to zoning regulations.

Below you will find a number of information items on the topics that our Planning and Building staff get asked about the most. For more information about any of these topics, or other plans you may have, please talk to our staff about your ideas. Our knowledgeable and approachable staff can help you figure out what is permitted on your property, and let you know what permits may be required.


When you do (or don’t) need a Building Permit

When you do (or don’t) need a Building Permit

Posted: Wednesday May 03, 2023

Obtaining a building permit is an important step to ensure that your project is built properly and safely, and that it adheres to any additional city policies. To assist you, staff have compiled a list of common building and renovation projects to help you determine if your project requires a building permit. A Building Permit […]

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Bed and Breakfast Establishment

Bed and Breakfast Establishment

Posted: Thursday March 23, 2023

The following are excerpts from Zoning Bylaw 050-2014, as amended, and Sign Bylaw 84-89, as amended as they pertain to regulations around Bed and Breakfast establishments in the City of Brockville. Zoning Part 1.0: Interpretation, Administration, and Enforcement, Subsection 1.10 Certificate of Occupancy No person shall change the use of any lot covered by this […]

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Real Estate Signs

Real Estate Signs

Posted: Thursday March 23, 2023

The following contains excerpts from Sign Bylaw 84-89, as amended, pertaining to Real Estate Signs in the City of Brockville. Section 2.0: Definitions, Subsection 2.33 “Real Estate Sign” means a notification advising that a property is to be sold, rented or leased, and which may also indicate to whom a person should inquire with regard […]

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Boarding, Rooming, or Lodging House

Boarding, Rooming, or Lodging House

Posted: Thursday March 23, 2023

Below you will find excerpts from Zoning Bylaw 050-2014, as amended, pertaining to regulations for Boarding, Rooming, or Lodging Houses in the City of Brockville. Zoning Part 1.0: Interpretation, Administration and Enforcement Subsection 1.10 Certificate of Occupancy No person shall change the use of any lot covered by this bylaw, or of any building or […]

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Driveway Creation or Widening

Driveway Creation or Widening

Posted: Tuesday March 21, 2023

Before creating or widening a driveway, a formal request outlining the proposed plan is required prior to proceeding with work. Additionally, all Planning Regulations must be met. Requirements: Letter outlining the proposed work to be completed: Who you are having cut the curb (if applicable) Surface material (asphalt, etc.) Note if anything is in the […]

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Change of Use Building Permits

Change of Use Building Permits

Posted: Saturday January 21, 2023

If you are planning to change the way you use all or part of an existing building, you may need a Change of Use Building Permit, even if you are not planning any construction. 10(1) of the Building Code Act states: “Even though no construction is proposed, no person shall change the use of a […]

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Adding a second suite or unit to an existing house

Adding a second suite or unit to an existing house

Posted: Monday November 21, 2022

A secondary unit is a self contained dwelling unit within an existing house that contains a private kitchen, bathroom facilities, and sleeping area. Secondary Units are a good way to generate income from your property, make a separate space for a family member, and increase the local rental supply. Before you plan too far ahead, […]

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Home Occupations (home based businesses)

Home Occupations (home based businesses)

Posted: Wednesday March 23, 2022

Excerpts can be found below from the City of Brockville Zoning Bylaw 050-2014, as amended, to assist you with establishing a home occupation (more commonly referred to as a home based business). Part 1.0: Interpretation, Administration, and Enforcement, Subsection 1.10 Certificate of Occupancy No person shall change the use of any lot covered by this […]

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Residential Lot Grading Requirements

Residential Lot Grading Requirements

Posted: Sunday March 21, 2021

The information contained herein serves to confirm lot grading submission requirements, lot grading design criteria and approval processes as outlined in the City of Brockville’s Drainage Bylaw 033-2004 (Bylaw to Amend Bylaw 113-91) Being a Bylaw to Regulate Drainage in the City of Brockville. Lot Grading Submission Requirements: Note: All submissions pertaining to lot grading […]

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Swimming pools and hot tubs

Swimming pools and hot tubs

Posted: Sunday March 21, 2021

If you are planning to install a swimming pool, hot tub or any other artificial body of water that may be used for swimming or bathing, you will need to obtain a building permit from the Building Department according to the Swimming Pool Bylaw #35-83. Complete a Building Permit Application. Click here to start your building permit […]

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Sign permit application

Posted: Sunday March 21, 2021

Installing any type of sign requires a permit. Please review our Sign Bylaw for additional information. Fascia or Pylon type signs Required information includes: A Building Permit application. Click here for more information about building permits and cloudpermit software Application through Cloudpermit. An engineered drawing showing image and/or foundation information, size, sign location and materials used. […]

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Tents, awnings, and canopies

Tents, awnings, and canopies

Posted: Monday January 18, 2021

A building permit may be required for temporary tents, awnings and canopies. The following outlines the requirements for tents, awnings and canopies to ensure that residents, business owners, and events planners are informed of all municipal requirements to maintain public safety in accordance with statutory regulations. Tents, awnings, and canopies require a building permit unless […]

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Economic & Development Services

Rob Nolan

Director of Economic and Development Services

613-342-8772 Ext: 4445

Andrew McGinnis

Supervisor of Planning/Chief Planning Officer

613-342-8772 Ext: 4421

Sebastian Scott

Chief Building Official

613-342-8772 Ext: 4447

Nick Burnie

Planner

613-342-8772 Ext: 4449

Planning Department

General Contact

613-342-8772 Ext: 4463

Dayna Golledge

Administrative Coordinator, Planning/Building

613-342-8772 Ext: 4463

Dan Tessier

Deputy Chief Building Official

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