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Building Permits and Inspections

Development Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

After careful consideration and to reduce the risk to Town of East Gwillimbury residents, customers and employees during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town’s Development Services department's service level has been amended until further notice. Please note that staff work remotely and service level may be impacted by future developments. Town facilities, including the Civic Centre remain closed for public access until further notice. 

The Building Standards Branch will continue to provide services:
  1. All electronic Building Permit Applications can still be received, processed, and permits issued.
  2. Inspection services for all building projects will continue. 

Building Permit Applications

Existing Applications

Building permit applications received prior to the closure of Town Hall will be reviewed and processed. Staff will advise you of the status of your application, the permit application number and the required outstanding permit fee. Outstanding payments for building permit applications currently in the Town’s possession can be paid for by cheque, placed in an envelope, properly labeled as “Building Standards Branch – Permit Payment”. The envelope can be placed in the drop-box located at the main entrance, on the east side of Town Hall. 

Please note that building permits may not be issued if Development Charges apply and are outstanding. Outstanding payments can be submitted in the drop-box located at the main entrance, on the east side of Town Hall. Please mark your envelope “Attention: Development Finance”, and ensure the invoice is attached.

New Applications

The Building Branch is accepting electronic building permit applications: 

Small electronic permit applications
- can be submitted by email in PDF format to permitcoordinators@eastgwillimbury.calinks to external site

Larger electronic permit
applications - can be submitted at the Town Hall drop-box (during the COVID-19 pandemic) on a USB drive (or other digital media). Alternate formats for permit application may also be available – please contact us at permitcoordinators@eastgwillimbury.calinks to external site

Please note that the Building Branch does not review or issue Pool Permits. For more information, please see Swimming Pools.  

What is required in the drop-box:
• An envelope or ziploc bag, labeled as “Building Permit Application”
• The envelope or ziploc bag should only include:
  1. USB Drive with all electronic documents, plans, and drawings. TIP - Use the same USB for multiple permit   applications! We will make every effort to return your USB Drive, however, we cannot make any guarantees.
  2. An original, signed, hard copy of the Building Permit Application form with your phone and email on the form.
  3. A cheque made out to the “Town of East Gwillimbury” for the permit fees.
You can calculate your building permit fees using Calculation of Fees Table. If you have any questions in related to your building permit fees, please contact us at

For full submission details, please see the following instructions:  

During the closure, please submit any general Building related inquiries via email to

Building Inspections

Building inspection services have not been impacted at this time. 
To request an inspection, the permit holder or authorized agent of the owner must provide:

• Name and Phone Number;
• Municipal Address;
• Building Permit number;
• Type of inspection; and
• Requested Inspection date.
Please email your inspection request with the above information to

The Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code are still in effect and construction without a building permit is prohibited. Prescribed building inspections are still required to be scheduled, including occupancy inspections.

General Information 

In this section, you will find information regarding the variety of mandated and non-mandated services the Building Standards Branch provides to the Town’s builders, developers and residents. 

These services include application of standards with respect to the safety of buildings with reference to public health, fire protection and structural sufficiency.  The standards are applied through plan examination and site inspection functions related to buildings, plumbing systems, heating systems and on-site sewage systems.