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Building Permits

 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 

Construction Projects Exempt from Requiring Building Permits

Where there is a discrepancy between the metric and imperial units, the metric units shall govern. These construction projects shall still adhere to the Town’s Zoning Bylaw.

A building permit is not required for the following exempt construction projects:

1. Detached building (structurally independent), 10 m2 (108 ft2) or less in aggregate area, and does not include any plumbing;

2. Wooden Deck that meets all of these conditions:

a) Completely uncovered (no roof);

b) Less than 600 mm (24”) above adjacent ground level around the entire perimeter of the deck, without artificial grade alteration within 1.2 m (4 ft) of any portion of the deck;

c) Not adjacent to a required exit or emergency access; and,

d) Does not serve a required ramp.

 3. Garden pergolas and gazebos without a solid roof;

4. Fabric covered building(s) under 60 m2 (648 ft2) in aggregate area that are situated at least 3.0 m (9 ft) from another building;

5. Repair or replacement of finishes applied to a non-load bearing interior wall, and floor or ceiling finishes, that do not form part of a required fire separation;

6. Repairs to chimneys and porches;

7. Repairs or replacement of deck boards, asphalt roof shingles;

8. Repairs or replacement of windows and doors, provided the size of the openings remain the same;

9. Damp-proofing repairs to foundation walls where plumbing, shoring, and underpinning are not required to complete the work;

10. Repair or replacement of a furnace or hot water tank, provided the fuel source and heat output remain the  same;

11. Installation, repair, or replacement of an air conditioning unit or air-to-air heat pump;

12. Repair or replacement of a plumbing fixture;

13. Painting or decorating;

14. Installing kitchen and bathroom cupboards, where no plumbing alterations are proposed;

15. Planters, landscaping, and patio stone or concrete walkways not in the vicinity of a septic system;

16. Playgrounds and playground structures, including treehouses, 10 m2 (108 ft2) or less in aggregate area that do not contain plumbing;

17. Dish antenna or solar array less than 5 m2 (54 ft2) in aggregate area;

18. Retaining walls not exceeding 1 m (39”) in exposed height throughout; and,

19. Free standing wind turbines with a rated output not exceeding 3kW.