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Projects Requiring Permits

What construction projects need building permits?A building permit is required for any new building greater than 10m (108 ft), any addition to an existing building, any material alterations to an existing building which effects: the structural design of the building; mechanical; electrical; plumbing services (no limit on size of building); fire separations; exiting; fire protection systems; and the use of buildings or parts thereof. Below you will find a list of typical residential and commercial/industrial/institutional projects that require a building permit:For  (single family, semi-detached and row housing), projects requiring a building permit include:
  • decks greater than 600mm (24 inches) above ground or serving the principal entrance for dwelling units
  • interior structural alterations
  • adding or removing most walls, (i.e., creating different room sizes and/or uses)
  • porches
  • basement or main floor walkout alterations
  • sunrooms
  • solariums
  • replacement of brick veneer
  • carports
  • attached or detached garages, sheds
  • replacement of masonry chimney below roofline
  • dormers or finishing of attic space
  • installation of irrigation systems
  • additions
  • installation, repair of storm, sanitary and water service
  • finishing a basement or a portion thereof
  • furnace and ductwork replacements
  • installation of cleanouts
  • conversion from septic to sanitary sewer
  • plumbing and/or drains (except replacing fixtures)
  • insulating exterior walls when exterior or interior cladding is removed
  • new or structural alterations to windows or doors
  • installation or repair of private sewer systems and water service
  • installation of backflow preventers for lawn irrigation systems
  • structural fire damage
For all other buildings, (), projects requiring a building permit include:
  • change of use (where construction is proposed or the change constitutes an increase in hazard)
  • interior renovations within a floor area affecting fire separations, exits or structural capacity
  • interior finishing of shell buildings for tenants (ie. occupancies in commercial or industrial malls and office buildings, etc.)
  • fire and water damage affecting interior renovations within a floor area affecting fire separations, exits or structural capacity
  • additions to any building having a combined area of 10m (108 sq. ft.) or more
  • installations and major alterations of sprinkler, standpipe, fire alarm or mechanical (HVAC) systems
  • plumbing installation and alterations, except replacement of fixtures
  • installation or replacement of storm and sanitary sewers, water service (ie. catch basins, weeping tile, clean-outs, change from septic system to sewers)
  • installation and repairs to sewage systems (septic systems and holding tanks)
  • installation of back flow preventers
  • retaining walls exceeding 1 metre (3 ft.- 3 inches) in exposed height adjacent to public property, to an access to a building, or on private property to which the public is admitted
  • tents greater than 60m? (645 sq. ft.)


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Check on June-28-13 7:46 PM
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