Fee schedule for building, renovation, construction and other projects

Building Permit Fee Calculation:

Building permit fees for building, renovation, construction and other projects are used to recover the cost of servicing building permits and enforcing the Building Code Act and Ontario Building Code.

As of January 1, 2014, building permit construction fees are calculated as follows:

  1. New Buildings or Additions to Existing Buildings Based on Gross Floor Area:

    If your application for a building permit includes the construction of new gross floor area, your permit fees will be assessed by multiplying the “Service Index” Fee Schedule for Gross Floor Area [ PDF - 585 KB ] rate by the proposed Gross Floor area (imperial units).  Refer to Explanatory Notes in the Fee Schedule for details on how to accurately determine the Gross Floor Area (GFA) of your proposed construction.  The minimum fee is $80.

  2. Existing Buildings Being Altered or Renovated With No New Gross Floor Area Based on $ Value of Construction:

    For alterations, renovations, installations and repairs to existing buildings, fees are calculated by multiplying the valuation of the proposed work by the current fee rate of $11 per thousand dollars of construction value.  To determine the building permit fee, construction valuation is based on the total value of all materials, labour, overhead and professional fees for the project.

    Where the proposed scope of work includes both the alteration/renovation of an existing building and the construction of new gross floor area, such as an addition, the building permit fee would be the combined total of each fee.  The minimum fee is $80.

Fees are due when you submit a permit application. They include applicable taxes unless otherwise specified and may change without notice. You can pay with cash, cheque (payable to the City of Ottawa) or through direct debit. For detailed information, refer to the original by-laws, acts, regulations and other relevant documents, or download the Comprehensive Building Code Services Fee Schedule.

 

 Construction Permit Fees

Category Fee
Administrative surcharge (Construction begins before a permit is issued) All Other – 50% of permit fees calculated for a regular Permit to Construct, Demolish or Change of Use up to a maximum of $10,000

Permit to Demolish – where the building was located on property subject to the Demolition Control By-law 2012-377: $1000

Permit to Demolish – where the building was located on property subject to the Heritage Act: $3000

Partial Permit – 50% of permit fees calculated for the complete building for a Partial Permit to Construct up to a maximum of $5000 for each stage of construction

Alternative Solution Tier I Review Process - $750 per application plus third party evaluation costs as may be required

Tier II Review Process - $300 per application

Application for lot severances requiring plumbing inspections to ensure separate plumbing services can be provided $80 per application
Certification of Master Plan $80 per application
Change of Use $80 per application
Conditional Permit (i) $300 for single detached, semi-detached and row house units

(ii) $900 for all other

Deferral Revocation Fee

$300 per application
Limiting Distance Agreement $300 per agreement
Partial permit Regular permit to construct fee plus:
$200.00 per application
Permit to Construct (New buildings or additions to existing buildings) Refer to Fee Schedule for Gross Floor Area
Permit to Construct (All other construction) $11 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work, with a minimum fee of $80.00
Permit to Construct (Farm buildings only) $7.70 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work, with a minimum fee of $80.00 (Proof of OFA membership or FBR required)
Permit to Demolish
(Sewer disconnection fee may apply)
$100 for the first 5,000 square feet (464.5 square metres) of gross floor area or portion thereof, plus $11 for each additional 1,000 square feet (92.9 square metres) of gross floor area or part thereof
Transfer of Application or Permit $80 per application
Plumbing work only – where work includes plumbing only $80 per application
Re-examination Fee (application with certified master plan) Change of one certified master plan for another - $250
Re-examination fee – all other applications where substantial change Additional 10% of the fee rate based on the same building classification by major occupancy of the original application
Refundable Inspection Fee for single detached, semi-detached, rowhouse or townhouse dwelling units $300 per unit
Re-inspection Fee (for single detached, semi-detached, rowhouse or townhouse dwelling units) $100 per inspection
Limited Authorization Building Permit  $11 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work, with a minimum fee of $80
Revision to Permit – Master Plan Change of one certified master plan for another - $250
Revision to Permit - Other $11.00 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of work with a minimum fee of $80 
Revision to Permit – Farm Building $7.70 per $1000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work with a minimum fee of $80

Municipal Addressing and Pool Enclosure

Category Fee
911 Blade Sign and Post (Installed by City) $85
911 Replacement Blade Sign and Post
(Installed by City)
$85
911 Replacement Blade sign only  $27
911 Replacement Blade and Post (Installed by Owner/Developer) $52
Civic Number Change (per address)  $210
Pool Enclosure Permit $200
Private Roadway Naming $1,765
Private Road Naming (same day/property as Site Plan Control application) $1,265
Highway Name Dedication $1,530
Highway Name Change $2,500

Signs

Category Fee
Administrative Surcharge (Sign installed prior to issuance of sign permit) Permanent sign permit fee plus: 50% of the sign permit fee
Billboard $1,900
Digital Billboard Permit $2,550
Development Sign $340; $625; $1,215
Development Sign Annual Renewal

$1,215.00 for development area over 5000 m2
$340.00 for change to sign plan < 10% of sign face area

Directional Development Sign $340
Encroachment Fee $290
Encroachment Renewal Fee $115
Impound and Storage Fee $155 per month
Permanent $340
e-Portal Permanent* $310
Electronic Message Centre $500
Administrative surcharge (Sign installed prior to obtaining variance approval) Sign Minor Variance fee plus: 100% of the sign minor variance fee
Sign Minor Variance $1,800
Digital Billboard – Minor Variance $2,550
Street Ad Sign Permit $670

 Access to Building Permit Information (All Fees Are Non-Refundable)

Category Fee
Application for Access to Building Permit Information Records (excluding reproduction costs)  $65
Building Permit Copy $10
Inspection Report Copy $10 per 10 pages
Occupancy Permit/Report Copy $10
Paper Prints $15 per 10 pages
Plan Sheet Copy $25 per plan per sheet

 Compliance

Category Fee
Agency Letter of Approval $370
Schedule 26 Report – Rooming House $50
Compliance with Agreements $340 + $110 per amending agreement
Request for Release of Agreement $460 + $110 per amending agreement
Zoning Designation and List of Permitted Uses $170
Zoning Information Letter $170

Compliance summary reports

Category Fee
Residential – 4 suites (units) or less $100
Residential – more than 4 suites (units) $215
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – 10 suites (units) or less $215
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – more than 10 suites (units) xxx $600 Plus $200 for each additional building 
Pool Enclosure Compliance Report $175

Report on Compliance (Zoning)

Category Fee
Residential – 4 suites (units) or less (plus mobile home, vacant land) $215
Residential – more than 4 suites (units) $570
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – 10 suites (units) or less $570
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – more than 10 suites (units) and 3 building or less (plus shopping centre up to 3 buildings) $1,680 + $550 for
each additional building over 3
Mobile Home Parks $1,680

Update Report on Compliance (within 90 days of original report)

Category  Fee
Residential – 4 suites (units) or less $100
Residential – more than 4 suites (units) $215
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use 10 suites (units) or less $215
More than 10 suites (units) $370