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.
After you submit your permit application
After you submit your permit, staff will review your application in regards to:
1. Zoning and Applicable Law Review
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.
2. Building Code Review
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
3. Mechanical Plans Examination
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.
4. Fire Prevention Examination
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.
5. Receive results of the review process
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.
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