A building permit is a formal approval from your municipality to construct, repair, alter, renovate a building, install plumbing and/or install or repair/alter a private sewage disposal system on your property.
Building permits allow the Town to protect the interests of owners and the community as a whole. By reviewing plans before any work is done, the Town can ensure that buildings comply with:
The local zoning by-law and its controls on buildings and uses that are suitable to the area
The Ontario Building Code, which sets standards for design, life safety issues and materials
Other health and safety regulations