Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need a Building Permit?

The Building Code Act requires you to obtain a building permit if you are planning to:

  1. Construct any new building or structure on your property.
  2. Make material alterations, additions or repairs to a building.
  3. Excavate or construct a foundation.
  4. Install heating, plumbing, air conditioning systems, fireplace, wood stove
    or other wood burning appliances.
  5. Put up a temporary building, mobile home or prefab structure.
  6. Renovate or convert an existing building.

When considering any kind of construction on your property, it is a good idea to discuss your plans with the local building staff first. They can advise you about any other permits or approvals you might need, such as demolition permits, minor variances and electrical permits.

If you are not sure whether you need a permit or not, simply call your local building department and ask. Either you will get an answer over the telephone, or a building inspector may visit your site in order to advise you about what is required.

For further information, please contact:

Building & By-Law Services Division
(613) 342-8772  Ext 4425

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