Building Permit Classes and Fees

Notice of Public Meeting
Proposed Increase to Building Permit Fee Categories

The Planning Committee will consider a report, which includes a draft by-law, proposing an increase of approximately 3.1% to existing fees and new fee categories to cover reasonable expected costs for activities performed under the Building Code Act, 1992.

Subject to the holding of the public meeting, the recommendations of the Planning Committee and the decision of City Council, it is the intention of City Council to enact a by-law under section 7 of the Building Code Act, 1992, imposing the proposed Building Permit fees by amending Building By-Law No. 15-058.

Information will be available without cost, either upon request to the contact listed below or at the public meeting, on the estimated costs of administering and enforcing the Building Code Act, 1992, and on the rationale for increasing those fees.

Planning Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time: 9:30 am
Location: City Hall, Council Chambers
View more about the Planning Committee

Request to speak at the meeting

To speak at the meeting, you need to register with Clerks by 12 noon on Dec.10, 2018 by contacting:
Lisa Chamberlain
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2729

Submit written comments

To submit written comments, you can send contact:
Jorge Caetano
Manager, Plan Examination
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3931


You must pay permit fees when you submit your Building Permit application. Building Permit fees are determined by Hamilton’s Building Permit By-law 17-279 (PDF, 302 KB).

Schedule A to the Building By-law

Calculation of Permit Fees

1. Permit fees shall be calculated based on the formula given below, unless otherwise specified in this schedule:

  • Permit Fee = SI x A

Where SI = Service lndex for the applicable Classification under section 3 below of the work proposed, and A = floor area in m2 of work involved.

Permit Fees

2 a. Permit fees shall be rounded off to the nearest full dollar.

2 b. Where the permit fee is in excess of $50,000 an applicant may elect to pay 55% of the full permit fee at the time of building permit application and the balance at the time of permit issuance.

Classes of Permits and Fees

3. Permit fees shall be calculated using the following table:

Table 1 - Classes of Permits and Fees has been separated into the following Groups:

Minimum permit fee of $239 for processing and issuance of permits,except where specifically noted otherwise in this By-law

Group A (Assembly Occupancies) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
All Recreation Facilities, Elementary Schools, Daycare Facilities,
Libraries, Places of Worship, Restaurants, Theatres, Arenas,
Gymnasiums, Indoor Pools, Secondary Schools and all other
Group A Buildings
Portable Classrooms/Classroom Unit $356 (flat fee)
Shell only $19.38
Finishing only $5.06
Non-Residential- Outdoor Patio $179(flat fee)
Group B (Institutional Occupancies) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Institutional, Hospitals, Medical Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, and other Group B Buildings $26.68
Shell only $21.34
Finishing only $5.34

Group C (Residential Occupancies) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Single Family Dwelling, semi, duplex, row house, townhouse $15.03
Apartment buildings $15.03
Hotels, Motels $19.87
Group D (Business and Personal Services) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Office Buildings (up to 10 storeys) (Shell only) $15.00
Office Buildings (up to 10 storeys) (Finishing only) $4.80
Office Buildings (up to 10 storeys) (Finished) $19.79
Office Buildings (more than 10 storeys) (Shell only) $18.14
Office Buildings (more than 10 storeys) (Finishing only) $5.09
Office Buildings (more than 10 storeys) (Finished) $23.23

Group E (Mercantile) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Retail (Shell only) $12.31
Retail (Finishing only) $4.16
Retail (Finished) $16.47
Group F (Industrial) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Industrial (shell only) $7.47
Industrial (finishing only) $4.08
Industrial (finished) $11.56
Parking Garages $6.81
Gas Stations $12.42
Foundation Permits Flat Fee
Residential under Part 9 of Division B of the Building Code $371
Residential/Commercial/lndustrial/institutional under Part 3 of
Division B of the Building Code (up to 1200 m2)
Residential/Commercial/lndustrial/institutional under Part 3 of
Division B of the Building Code (greater than 1200 m2)
Shoring $10.25 per linear metre
New water service (low density residential only) $153
New sewer service (low density residential only) $153

Designated Structures Flat Fee
Communication Tower $429
Crane Runway $429
Exterior Storage Tanks - Above and below ground (except for
fire fighting water reservoirs)
Pedestrian Bridge/Walkway $429
Retaining Wall $429
Satellite Dish (face area equal to or greater than 5 m2) $429
Silos $429
Outdoor Public Spa $879
Outdoor Public Swimming Pool $1,740

Fire Protection Systems (stand alone - excludes relocation of components for existing system) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Electromagnetic Locks $203 each (maximum $608)
Fire Alarm System $356 (flat fee)
Emergency Lighting/Exit Signs $356 (flat fee)
Sprinkler System $0.59
Standpipe System $356 (flat fee)
Combined Sprinkler and Standpipe System $0.59 (minimum $356)

Mechanical Systems (stand alone) Flat Fee
Commercial Cooking Exhaust System $356

Demolition (complete or partial building - not issued under Demolition Control By-law) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Residential - single/two family dwelling and townhouses $0.45
Accessory structures to a residential use $0.45 ($153 minimum)
Non-residential and multi residential $0.45 ($381 minimum)

Plumbing Devices (stand alone) Flat Fee
Backflow Preventer - For first premise or zone device $239
Backflow Preventer - For each additional premise or zone device $153
Backwater Valve $239
Grease/Oil Interceptor $239

Renewable (Green) Energy Systems Flat Fee
Geothermal System for a Single/Two Family Dwelling $429
Geothermal System for all other Buildings $575
Solar Collector for a Single/Two Family Dwelling $239
Solar Collector for all other Buildings $429
Wind Turbine $429

Sewage Systems Flat Fee
To construct a sewage system pursuant to the provisions of the
To construct a Class 5 sewage systems or to repair a sewage
system pursuant to the provisions of the Act
Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program $233

Signs Flat Fee
Ground Sign with a sign area of less than or equal to 2.5 m2 $213
Ground Sign with a sign area of greater then 2.5 m2 and up to
4.0 m2
Ground Sign with a sign area greater than 4.0 m2 $752
Awning, Canopy, Marquee, Parapet, Projecting and Wall Signs $376
Billboard $752

Other Classifications (not previously listed) Service lndex (SI) $/m2 unless otherwise indicated
Accessory structures, garage, storage shed, new basement, cold cellar, unenclosed canopies, air supported structures $5.39
Farm Buildings $2.75
Greenhouses $1.65 (Maximum $5,432)
$1.79 (Maximum $381)
Temporary Structures - Sales Offices $14.69
Temporary Structures - Construction Trailers $11.62
Temporary Structures - Stages $239 (flat fee)
Temporary Structures - Other Structures (intended to be used for less than 6 months) $239 (flat fee)
Residential greenhouses, deck, balcony, open porch, exterior
stair, ramp, open carport
Alterations/partitioning/renovations to existing finished areas (where no building systems are being installed or altered), relocation/moving permits, finishing a basement in a single family dwelling $3.33
Exterior barrier free access in existing single and two family
Re-roofing without any structure changes (Except for buildings containing less than 4 dwelling units for townhouses) $0.28

Administrative Fees Flat Fee
Additional Plan Review (Resubmission)
Where a non-compliant resubmission is submitted above and beyond the first resubmission
$153 (per hour of review time)
Additional Permit Fee (Revision)
Where an applicant makes a material change to a plan, specification, document, or other information, following the
issuance of a building permit (includes first hour of review time)
For each additional hour, or part thereof, of review time - $153
Alternative Solution
Application for an Alternative Solution under Section 2.1, of
Division C, of the Building Code (up to 4 hours review
For each additional hour, or part thereof, of review time - $153
Applicable Law Review
Review and consultation for Applicable Law requirements
Building Code Compliance Letters
Written requests for information concerning a building's
compliance with the current Building Code
$153 (per hour of review time)
Change of Use Permit
Change of use Permit with no construction
Conditional Permit Fee
Review and approval of Conditional permit Agreements/Undertakings
10% of permit fee (minimum $1,000, maximum $$3,500)
Fire Watch/Fire Plan
Review and approval of Fire Watch/Fire Plans during construction
Limiting Distance Agreements
For Review and approval of Limiting Distance Agreements
under Sentence, or,
of Division B, of the Building Code
Occupancy of an Unfinished Building
Occupancy inspection prior to completion as per
Subsection 1.3.3 of Division C of the Building Code
$153 (per unit)
Permit or Application Extensions
Extension of a building permit or permit application where no revisionsare required
Building Code preliminary design consultation for
proposed designs and developments
$153 (per hour of review time)
Premature/Additional Inspections
Where an inspection request is premature and the
inspector must re-attend the site to complete the necessary
inspection, upon notice to the owner an additional fee of:
(per inspection)
Stock Plans
Review of stock plans for a new single family dwelling prior
to a complete permit application being submitted
Suspended Permit
Where an inspection is requested for a Permit that has
been suspended
(per inspection)
Transfer of Permit
Where ownership changes on a property and there are no
other changes to the project or the professional services

4. Where no new floor area is created, or where materials, systems or equipment regulated by the Code render it impossible to determine the permit fee on the basis of the classifications noted in this Schedule, the permit fee payable shall be 1% of the prescribed value as determined by the Chief Building Official under section 6 of this by-law, subject to a minimum fee as per Section 3 of this Schedule.

5. The total fees under this Schedule and Schedule "C" shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit.

Refer to Hamilton’s Building Permit By-law 15-058 (PDF, 302 KB) for full details about building permit fees, requirements, refunds and code of conduct.