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Forms, applications and fees

Comprehensive Building Code Fee Schedule

January 1, 2021

Building Permit Fee Calculation:

Building permit fees for building, renovation, construction and other projects must fully offset the cost of servicing building permits and enforcing the Building Code Act and Ontario Building Code.

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 - 228 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 $98.
  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 $10.75 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 $98.

Fees are due when you submit a building permit application. Additional fees may be due at permit issuance, such as development charges. They are not taxable unless otherwise specified and may change without notice. You can pay with cheque (payable to the City of Ottawa), debit card, bank draft or money order. For detailed information, refer to the original by-laws, acts, regulations and other relevant documents, or download the Comprehensive Building Code Services Fee Schedule.

Note:  Effective August 1, 2017, payments can no longer be made in cash for any services related to Building Code Services.  Accepted methods of payment will be debit card, cheque, bank draft and money order made payable to the City of Ottawa.  

 Construction Permit Fees

Category Fee
Administrative surcharge (Construction begins before a permit is issued)

All Other – 50 per cent of permit fees calculated for a regular Permit to Construct, Demolish or Change of Use up to a maximum of $10,000

-15% of recovery costs paid to third party contractors for property owners' non-compliance with the Building Code Act

Permit to Demolish – where the building was located on property subject to the Demolition Control By-law 2012-377: $1,000

Permit to Demolish – where the building was located on designated property subject to the Heritage Act: $3,000

Partial Permit – 50 per cent of permit fees calculated for the complete building for a Partial Permit to Construct up to a maximum of $5,000 for each stage of construction

Alternative Solution Tier I Review Process - $920 per application plus third party evaluation costs as may be required

Tier II Review Process - $370 per application

Application for lot severances requiring plumbing inspections to ensure separate plumbing services can be provided $105 per application
Certification of Master Plan $106 per application
Change of Use $105 per application
Conditional Permit (i) $316 for single detached, semi-detached and row house units

(ii) $949 for all other

Deferral Revocation Fee
 
$307 per application
Limiting Distance Agreement $339 per agreement
Demolition Agreement $406 per agreement
Partial permit Regular permit to construct fee plus:
$246.00 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) $10.75 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work, with a minimum fee of $98.00
Permit to Construct (Farm buildings only) $7.54 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work, with a minimum fee of $98.00 (Proof of OFA membership or FBR required)
Permit to Demolish 
(Sewer disconnection fee may apply)
$98 for the first 5,000 square feet (464.5 square metres) of gross floor area or portion thereof, plus $10.75 for each additional 1,000 square feet (92.9 square metres) of gross floor area or part thereof
Transfer of Application or Permit $98 per application
Plumbing work only – where work includes plumbing only $98 per application
Re-examination Fee (application with certified master plan) Change of one certified master plan for another - $331
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, Row house or townhouse dwelling units $300 per unit
Re-inspection Fee (for single detached, semi-detached, Row house or townhouse dwelling units) $100 per inspection
Limited Authorization Building Permit  $10.75 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work, with a minimum fee of $98
Revision to Permit – Master Plan Change of one certified master plan for another - $331
Revision to Permit - Other $10.75 per $1,000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of work with a minimum fee of $98
Revision to Permit – Farm Building $7.54 per $1000 or part thereof of the assessed valuation of the work with a minimum fee of $98

Municipal Addressing and Pool Enclosure

Category Fee
9-1-1 Blade Sign and Post (Installed by City) $96
9-1-1 Replacement Blade Sign and Post
(Installed by City)
$96
9-1-1 Replacement Blade and Post (Installed by Owner/Developer)  $58
9-1-1 Replacement Blade Sign Only $33
Civic Number Change (per address)  $236
Pool Enclosure Permit $215
Private Road Naming $1,981
Private Road Naming (same day/property as Site Plan Control application) $1,423
Highway Name Dedication $1,717
Highway Name Change $2,862

Signs

Category Fee
Administrative Surcharge (Sign installed prior to issuance of sign permit) Permanent sign permit fee plus: 50 per cent of the sign permit fee
Static Billboard Permit $2,239
Digital Billboard Permit $2,969
Development Sign - Development area ? 1,000 m2
Development area 1,000 to 5,000
Development area > 5000 m2
$401
$732
$1,416
Digital Menu Board $467
Directional Development Sign $401
Encroachment Fee (per sign) $336
Encroachment Renewal Fee $133
Impound and Storage Fee $183 per month
Home-based Business and Bed and Breakfast $223
Permanent $401
e-Portal Permanent* $357
Message Centre $569
Administrative surcharge (Sign installed prior to obtaining variance approval) Sign Minor Variance fee plus: 100% of the sign minor variance fee
Sign Minor Variance $2,088
Digital Billboard – Minor Variance $2,969

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

Category Fee
Application for Access to Building Permit and Sign Permit Records (excluding reproduction costs)  $73
Copies - Paper (per page) $0.30 + HST
Copies - USB (per USB) $16.40 + HST
Copies - Plan Sheet (per plan, per sheet) $11.00 + HST

 Compliance

Category Fee
Agency Letter of Approval $431 + HST
Schedule 26 Report – Rooming House $58
Compliance with Agreements $395 + $113 per amending agreement
Request for Release of Agreement $545 + $113 per amending agreement
Zoning Designation and List of Permitted Uses $203
Zoning Information Letter $203
Marijuana Grow Operation - Remediation Type 1 $1,012
Marijuana Grow Operation - Remediation Type 2 $1,797
Marijuana Grow Operation - Remediation Type 3 $447
Marijuana Grow Operation - Remediation Type 4 $1,121
Marijuana Grow Operation - Remediation Type 5 $226

Compliance summary reports

Category Fee
Residential – 4 suites (units) or less per building $118
Residential – more than 4 suites (units) per building $253
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – 10 suites (units) or less per building $253
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – more than 10 suites (units) per building and/or up to 3 buildings $690 Plus $210 for each additional building 
Pool Enclosure Compliance Report $198

Report on Compliance (Zoning)

Category Fee
Residential – 4 suites (units) or less (plus mobile home, vacant land) per building $253
Residential – more than 4 suites (units) per building $649
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – 10 suites (units) or less per building $649
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use – more than 10 suites (units) per building and/or up to 3 buildings $1,885 + $575 for 
each additional building over 3
Mobile Home Parks

$1,885 + $575 for 
each additional building over 3

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

Category  Fee
Residential – 4 suites (units) or less $118
Residential – more than 4 suites (units) $253
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed Use 10 suites (units) or less $253
More than 10 suites (units) $483
 

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