A building permit regulates the type of construction allowed in the municipality and ensures that construction within the municipality meets with standards set out in the Ontario Building Code. No matter what the specific project may be, the enforcement of codes are carried out to protect public health, safety and welfare.
Compliance with Municipal By-Laws such as the Zoning By-law is also evaluated during the review process. The building permit process protects each homeowner's interests, as well as those of the municipality and helps to ensure that any structural change is safe, legal and sound.
By obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the professional expertise of Building Division staff. Inspectors are good sources of information and can offer suggestions to help solve construction problems, often before they occur.
Building permits are typically required for the following:
- New buildings
- Renovations or alterations
- Prefabricated structures
- Plumbing alterations
- HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
- Miscellaneous for residential (pools, fireplaces, decks, fences, etc.)
- Temporary buildings
- Installing new windows and exterior doors
- Installing new metal roofing
- Installing new cladding (siding, stucco, etc.)