Electrical Permits and Inspections
The City of Ottawa does not issue electrical permits or perform inspections. Please contact the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).
The City does not regulate electrical inspections; however the distance to electrical conductors (i.e. hydro lines) must be shown on the site plan.
Depending on the scope of your renovation or construction project you may need to ensure the necessary clearances are met by your service provider.
Depending on your location and nature of your project conservation authority approval may be required. Please contact one of the following that applies:
Construction and Safety Resources
Here are some additional information on construction materials and other references of labour standards.
Other Applicable Law
Your project or proposed construction must always comply with other applicable law in accordance with the Ontario Building Code. The following provides a list of applicable laws; however, it does not constitute every approval that may be required. For more information, please refer to the Ontario Building Code 188.8.131.52 Applicable Law (as amended).
Conservation Authorities Act s.38
Where construction is in a fill regulated area or flood plain or may interfere with a watercourse. Contact: Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, 692-3571Mississippi Conservation Authority, 259-2421South Nation Conservation Authority, 984-2948
Environmental Protection Act. s. 46
Where building requires confirmation of waste disposal site. Minister's approval required under the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
Environmental Protection Act. s. 168
Where industrial or commercial property is changed to residential use. A record of site condition to be filed with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks , conformance to Certificate of Property Use. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Contact: 1-800-565-4923
Ontario Heritage Act, s. 33, 34
Consent of Council to alter or demolish where property is designated under the Act. Contact: Lesley Collins, Heritage Planner extension 21586.
Ontario Heritage Act, s. 42
Where land is designated in a heritage conservation district, heritage permit issued by Council. Contact a Development Information Officer
Planning Act, s. 34 or 38
Compliance with Zoning By-Laws Contact: Development Information Officer
Planning Act, s. 45
Minor Variance where an application does not comply with all local zoning provisions, final and binding decision by the Committee of Adjustment may be required. Contact: 613-580-2436
Planning and Development Act, s.14
Where Provincial planning control has been applied Contact: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Eastern Office 1-800-267-9438
Planning Act, Zoning s.34 By-Law Amendment
Where proposed development requires an amendment to local zoning provisions
Public Lands Act, O. Reg. 453/96
Ministry of Natural Resources consent required authorizing construction on public land. 1-800-667-1940
Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act, s.34 or 38
Where construction is adjacent to a highway, Building and Land Use Permit is required from Ministry of Transportation. MTO contact: 613-745-6841
Site Plan Approval, Planning Act. s. 41
Requirement for Site Plan Control By-Law No. 2014-256. Contact a Development Information Officer
The Demolition Control By-law affects some properties located in the City of Ottawa. Upon review of your application, your Building Official will advise you regarding any additional applicable laws that affect your project.
Plans for the renovation of a building designated under Part IV of the Heritage Act must comply with the requirements set out in the Act before a building permit can be issued. This link will provide more information on the requirements for construction with heritage implications.
A building permit cannot be issued unless the proposed use of the new building will comply with the zoning designation or if the proposed addition does not comply with the setback from property line requirements, as stipulated by the Zoning By-law. The following link provides basic concepts regarding the Planning Act and zoning By-laws.
Who to contact: Building Code Client Service Centre or 3-1-1
Where to apply: Building Code Client Service Centre
Application Form: Permit to Construct or Demolish