Building & Renovating

Holiday Closures
July 31, 2015 - 10:36am

Civic Holiday August 3, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday, Monday, August 3, 2015.

For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-CITY (2489).

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green bin, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, August 3.
  • Pick up will be one day later than your regularly scheduled collection day.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, August 3.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Monday, August 3.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.

ATS - DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, August 3. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, August 3. If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.
  • ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, August 3.

Recreation

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House, Battlefield House Museum, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Monday, August 3.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum is currently closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit www.hamilton.ca/museums

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, August 3. www.tourismhamilton.com

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Sunday, August 2 - Closed
  • Monday, August 3 - Closed
  • Tuesday, August 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 5 - Closed
  • Thursday, August 6 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, August 7 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 8 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed on Monday, August 3 for Civic Holiday.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit: www.hpl.ca

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-CITY (2489)
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-CITY (2489) or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, August 3, and will reopen Tuesday, August 4 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, August 3. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, August 4 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433.

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, August 3, and will reopen on Tuesday, August 4.

The locations are:

  • Ancaster: 300 Wilson Street East (map)
  • Dundas: 60 Main St. (map)
  • Flamborough: 7 Innovation Drive, First floor (map) New - temporary location
  • Glanbrook: 4280 Binbrook Rd. (map)
  • Stoney Creek: 777 Hwy. 8 (map)

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Violations

Online payments can be made at: www.hamilton.ca/parking

Payment of Parking Violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre (see addresses above) or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Online payments can be made anytime at: www.hamilton.ca/poa

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Monday, August 3

Inspector performing a construction inspection on a house

Service at a Glance

What residential projects need a Building Permit?

You need a Building Permit if you intend to:

  • erect, install, extend, alter or repair a building
  • demolish all or part of a building
  • perform construction or alterations that result in a material change to a building or an accessory structure 
Planning to build or renovate?

If you are planning on doing any construction or demolition work, you must understand and follow the process, procedures and requirements. By doing this you will:

  • save time and money
  • avoid receiving an Order to Comply due to unauthorized work
Check on the status of your building permit application

You can find out the status of your Building Permit using the online online Building Permit search. You can use this tool 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Homeowners or contractors can find out if their Building Permit application:

  • was received
  • is being reviewed (pending)
  • is approved
Who's responsible for scheduling a building inspection?

The Building Permit holder, who can be the owner or contractor, is responsible for:

  • calling to arrange inspections at the required inspection stages
  • ensuring construction meets the Ontario Building Code.

Contractors can also schedule building inspections on the permit holder’s behalf. Make sure you set up your inspections on time to avoid delays.

How much will a Building Permit cost?

Building Permit fees are determined by Hamilton’s Building Permit By-law 08-161. 

Permit fees shall be calculated based on the formula of Permit Fee= SI x A, unless otherwise specified. Where SI = Service lndex for the applicable Classification of the by-law of the work proposed, and A = floor area in m2 of work involved.

Do I need a permit to build a fence?

You do not need a Building Permit to construct a fence unless you are installing a swimming pool or replacing an existing pool enclosure (fence).

Hamilton’s Fence By-law No.10-142 provides the requirements for fences on residential, commercial and industrial zoned properties.