Building & Renovating

Building Permit Review and Approval

COVID-19: FAQ for Development Approvals

As the COVID-19 situation in Hamilton continues to evolve, these Frequently Asked Questions for Development Approvals will be regularly updated as circumstances change to provide residents and developers with current information.

It takes about 10 business days for staff to review residential Building Permit applications. Staff will contact you or your agent:

  • When your application is approved
  • If your application is incomplete or requires additional information

If additional information is required, staff will provide you with a list of items that you must address before approving your Building Permit.

Check the status of your building permit application

After you submit your permit application

After you submit your permit, staff will review your application in regards to:

The Zoning By-law sets out rules governing land use and the placement of buildings on a lot. It states exactly:

  • Land and building uses
  • Building size or density
  • Location of buildings and other structures on a lot
  • Minimum lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements and building height

Applicable Law Review includes:

  • Conservation Authorities Act
  • Planning Act
  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Ontario Heritage Act

If you are unable to comply with the provisions of the Zoning By-law, you may submit an application to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance. If the Committee of Adjustment approves the variance, you may submit a Building Permit application, subject to the terms established by the Committee of Adjustment.

A Plan Reviewer will review your building plans, in order to determine compliance with the requirements of the Ontario Building Code.

The Ontario Building Code is a set of minimum provisions regarding the safety of buildings:

  • Health and Safety
  • Fire protection
  • Structural sufficiency
  • Construction materials
  • Plumbing and Mechanical system

If applicable, your plans and drawings are reviewed to ensure compliance with heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, drainage and private sewage system requirements of the Ontario Building Code.

In the case of some multi-family residential, commercial, industrial and institutional applications with fire protection systems, these will be reviewed for compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.

If compliance with the building code, zoning and other applicable regulations is determined, the application is approved, and a permit is issued. If compliance is a problem, you will be issued a notice documenting why your project does not comply.

After Building Permit approval

Read the permit documents thoroughly before you start construction. All construction must be in accordance with the approved plans and documents issued with your permit.

Several inspections are required during construction to ensure that all work is done as per the approved plans.

Contact us

Building Division
City Hall, 3rd floor
Phone: 905-546-2720
Email: [email protected]