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When is a Permit Required?


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The Building Code Act requires a building permit for the construction of any structure, which results in a building area of over ten square metres, (108 square feet) including additions, alterations, and renovations and includes plumbing not located in a structure and other designated structures. The following is a partial list of typical projects requiring a building permit. If you are not clear as to whether or not a permit is required, please contact the building department prior to starting the work.

Typical projects requiring a permit:

  • Construct a structure  - 10 square metres or 108 square feet including a House, Deck, Boathouse, Gazebo, or Shed, Carport or Garage and walkways, stairs and docks.
  • Repair or replace anything structural
  • Installation of sanitary or water services
  • Additions - of any size, including those under 108 sq. ft.
  • New fireplaces, woodstoves, and chimneys
  • Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • Retaining walls (depending on location and height)
  • Adding or removing walls
  • Interior structural alterations
  • Heating system in new building or altering an existing heating system
  • Alteration of window size - increasing opening size
  • Dormers or finishing of attic space
  • Finishing a basement
  • Roofing - If materials will be altered (ie. shingle to metal) or structural repairs are necessary.
  • New plumbing or alterations to plumbing
  • Demolition of all or part of a building
  • Change of Use of all or part of a building
  • Addition of a dwelling unit in an existing building

Typical projects that may not require a building permit:

  • You must comply with the requirements of the Zoning By-law and other applicable law.
  • A building permit may not be required for a detached accessory structure that measures 10 square metres or 108 square feet or less that does not contain plumbing.
  • Surface or roof drainage contained to a dry well on the property.
  • Kitchen or bathroom cupboards provided there are no changes to plumbing, refrigerator or range.
  • Replacing windows with the same material and opening with no structural change. Provided dwelling is 4 feet from property line.
  • Painting, flooring and decorating.
  • Landscaping - any landscaping shall be:

    • Graded so that it will not adversely affect adjacent property.
    • Direct water away from the building.
  • Fences - Must comply with zoning bylaw regulations.