Under the Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction of a new building, an addition, or alteration of any building or structure with a building area of over 10 square metres (approximately 108 square feet).
Before you begin
The Ontario Building Code outlines the minimum requirements for various elements, such as framing and materials, and can be viewed on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website
Development Information Officers
If you require the services of a Development Information Officer, please call 613-580-2424, ext. 23434 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost and timeline
Refer to Applicable Fees
Approximate Timeline based on City Council approved enhanced service level:
- First review - 5 business days
What you need
- Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
- Applicable Fee
- Two complete sets of plans that are legible and drawn to conventional scale (checklist and sample plan)
At key stages of building construction, your work must be inspected to ensure that the completed construction complies with the Ontario Building Code. The permit plans and specifications must be on site and made available to the Building Inspector at the time of inspection. To ensure the availability of a Building Inspector, you should book inspections 48 hours in advance. Failure to have the appropriate inspection performed may result in your having to uncover and expose the work for inspection, or other Orders issued, etc.
The Building Inspector's name and phone number are identified on the building permit. For a list of required inspections that may apply based on the proposed finished basement, please refer to the table below.
|Excavation||Where required - pier footings, underpinning|
|Plumbing - Underground||Required prior to covering underground plumbing. (Test required)|
|Plumbing – Rough-In||Required at completion of plumbing rough-in, which includes drains, waste, vent and water piping system. (Test Required)|
|Framing||Required at completion of structural framing.|
|Insulation/Vapour Barrier||Required at completion of insulation and vapour barrier installation.|
|Plumbing – Final||Required at completion of plumbing system, fixtures and appliances.|
|Final||Required at completion of the basement’s alterations.|
Building Code Service counters are open for personal services by appointment only. This includes the submission of permit applications, payment of fees and the issuance of permits.
There are various methods for submitting applications.
Application Forms: Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish