Building Code Services Fees
The City of Ottawa has suspended demolition and building permit fees for those residents affected by the tornadoes of Friday, September 21, 2018. The suspension of fees include the Permit to Demolish, Permit to Construct, Applications for Access to Building Permit Records, Fees for 9-1-1 Replacement Blade Signs and Sewer Permit Fees for affected residents.
My home has been damaged as a result of the tornado. When is a Building Permit required for the associated repairs?
If your home has experienced any of the following, a Building Permit is required:
- Deformation or deflection of structure.
- Removal, repair or replacement of structural framing, including trusses, rafters, support posts, piers, beams and joists.
If you are unclear whether or not a Building Permit is required to address your specific scenario, please contact Building Code Services.
My home has been damaged due to the tornado. Are there any scenarios not requiring a Building Permit for the associated repairs?
A Building Permit is not required for the following repairs:
- Replacement of flooring.
- Removal of drywall or other interior finish.
- Replacement of windows or doors one-for-one in the same location and size.
- Replacement of cladding (siding, brick, etc.), deck boards or shingles.
- Reinstalling displaced exterior stairs, landings or decks that are less than 1.2 metres (approx. 4 feet) in height from grade.
- Reinstalling displaced accessory buildings such as sheds that are less than 10 square metres (approx. 108 square feet) in area.
- Repairs to sheathing and shingles.
There are many other repairs that may be undertaken without requiring a Building Permit. If you are unclear whether or not a Building Permit is required to address your specific scenario, please contact Building Code Services.
Where do I obtain a Building Permit?
A Building Permit may be obtained by visiting any Building Code Client Service Centre.
- 110 Laurier Avenue West
- 255 Centrum Boulevard
- 101 Centrepointe Drive
- 580 Terry Fox Drive
- 8243 Victoria Street
- 5670 Carp Road
- 2155 Roger Stevens Drive
My home is showing signs of structural damage as a result of the tornado. What should I do?
If structural damage is suspected, it is recommended that you contact a suitably qualified professional (such as a professional engineer) to assess the situation and provide direction on the required repairs. Please contact Building Code Services for more information on how to proceed if structural damage is suspected.
How do I obtain a Building Permit?
A Building Permit may be obtained by visiting any Building Code Client Service Centre. For information regarding processing, submission details, forms etc., please contact Building Code Services or visit our website.
Does the City of Ottawa have copies of construction plans for my home?
Depending on the age of the home and its location, the City of Ottawa may have copies of the plans for the original construction and/or subsequent renovations. Copies of these plans may be viewed through the Access to Building Permit Records process. Please contact Building Code Services for more information, or visit our website. Please note that some older Building Permit information may take several days to retrieve.
Do I need a building permit to reconstruct detached structures on my property?
A Building Permit is required for construction of any structure occupying a space larger than 10 square metres (approx. 108 square feet) in area. This includes reconstructing an existing structure.
How much time do I have to begin rebuilding structures on my property?
Buildings that have been damaged as a result of the tornado are not necessarily subject to a timeline for reconstruction, however access to severely damaged structures must be reasonably restricted in order to ensure safety. Please contact Building Code Services for more information if you have severely damaged structures on your property.
Can I rebuild my home on its existing foundation?
An existing foundation may be used when rebuilding a house provided the foundation is in good condition and capable of supporting the imposed loads. A professional engineer may be required to confirm if reuse of the existing foundation is appropriate.
Why do I need a Building Permit? What happens if I don’t get one?
By authority of the Building Code Act, a property owner is required to obtain a Permit prior to construction or renovation. Obtaining a Building Permit ensures that the minimum standards for health and safety, fire protection, structural adequacy, energy performance, and accessibility are met. Failure to obtain a Building Permit for construction may result in enforcement under the authority of the Building Code Act and, in the case of a building failure or loss, insurance coverages may be void.
Do I need a Building Permit if my front porch was damaged?
A Building Permit is required for the structural repair of buildings, including their associated porches, roofs, sunrooms, additions and decks. Please contact Building Code Services if it is unclear whether or not a Building Permit is required for your project.
How do I arrange for a Building Inspector to attend my property for an inspection?
Please contact Building Code Services to discuss your specific situation and arrange for your inspection.
How quickly can an Inspector attend my home or business for an Inspection?
Building Code Services will make every effort to attend to your home or business as promptly as possible. Inspections will be scheduled within one business day following a request, however priority will be given to properties where tornado damage has compromised the structural integrity of dwellings.
Where can I find information on construction fencing?
Construction Fencing must be provided to enclose the area where existing buildings have been significantly damaged, are unsecured and may cause a public safety risk. This includes open pools, hot tubs and outbuildings.
LOCATION OF FENCING: The fence must be structurally sound and fully surround all of the site’s activities.
HEIGHT OF FENCING: When the site is located 3.0 metres or less from a public pathway or where the public congregates, the fence must be at least 1.8 metres high measured from grade outside of the enclosure. The fence height may be reduced to a minimum of 1.2 metres high only if the activity involves a residential building of no more than 3 storeys and is also located more than 3.0 metres from an adjacent public walkway.
EXCEPTIONS: There are certain circumstances where the construction fencing requirement may be exempted. Please contact the Building Official noted on the inspection report prior to applying these exceptions. These activity site conditions may be:
- Low Hazard Areas/Areas of Low Human Occupancy:
- large lots in the rural areas where the neighbouring properties are sufficiently far apart, and the public does not have any reason to frequent the site.
- Site Activities Are Contained Within Secured Premises:
- where the openings into the building are secure when the site is not attended.
- Activity Has Progressed To A Stage That No Longer Requires Protection
- Existing Fencing Is In Good Order and Already In Place
CONSTRUCTION SPECS: There are several acceptable options for the fencing that the property owner/permit holder may elect to construct. These are:
- 12.5mm thick exterior grade plywood, wafer board or OSB, close boarded
- PVC plastic mesh safety fence supported top and bottom
- galvanized chain link
- prefabricated modular fencing of welded metal frame with wire mesh infill
- combination of the above with equivalent performance level
- smooth exterior face to deter climbing
- no openings in the fence that will allow a spherical object of 100mm to pass through
- gated entry/exits must be clearly identified and securely closed and locked during off hours
- the fence must comply with the applicable OHSA provisions for “Public Way Protection” where applicable
Questions concerning the above should be directed to the Building Official noted on the inspection report, or by calling 613-580-2424, ext. 29312
Construction and Health and Safety Resources:
Ministry of Labour Health & Safety contact centre: 1-877-202-0008
Building Code Services Tornado Information Line: 613-580-2424 ext. 29312
Note: This line is only for queries related to the Tornado
For all other Building Code Services inquiries, please call 3-1-1.