Applying for a building permit is a vital step before you begin any construction project. You will need a building permit if you make any changes to the structure of your building such as demolishing, altering the interior, or changing or expanding the use of a building.
Access to Property Records within the Building Division may be requested using the online Property Records Search Application.
When do you need a Building Permit?
Examples of projects that require a building permit:
- Adding a patio (temporary use by-law for tents)
- Adding or modifying a ramp or deck
- Removing, adding or modifying interior walls
- Installing a commercial cooking exhaust system
- Installing or modifying the sprinkler system
- Reconstructing or modifying the storefront window
- Installing exit signs and an emergency lighting system
- Installing or modifying plumbing
- Constructing a washroom or barrier-free washroom
- Installing a grease interceptor or backﬂow preventer
- Installing a commercial sign
- Installing a full height protective shield to the underside of the ceiling
- Changing use and occupancy of a building from one business use to a different business use (i.e. from office to restaurant)
Examples of projects that do not require a building permit:
- Painting, ﬂoor tiling or carpeting
- Installation of minor millwork and cabinetry
- Rerooﬁng with the same materials as the existing roof
- Replacement of existing plumbing and electrical ﬁxtures
Who can apply
A property owner or an agent on behalf of the owner, such as a contractor or designer, can apply for a building permit for small businesses. Person listed as applicant will receive updates on status of building permit application and review comments. You may want to follow up with the applicant of your application on a regular basis to stay informed on the status.
You may want to have your designer set up an Ontario Building Code pre-consultation meeting with city staff. This meeting allows you or your designer to review particular OBC code requirements your designer has questions on. There is a pre-consultation meeting fee. Please refer to Hamilton’s Building Permit By-law 19-305.
Contact Building staff to schedule a pre-consultation meeting:
In-person at City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 3rd Floor, Hamilton
Email: [email protected]
When you prepare your building permit application for a retail store or restaurant, make sure you: Review and include the following with your building permit application:
Checklist for retail stores and restaurants
When you prepare your building permit application for a retail store or restaurant, make sure you:
Review and include the following with your building permit application:
Before you apply for a Building Permit
You will need to: You must also submit two copies of the following drawings: Submit your application and drawings in person to: Application fee: Building permit fees must be paid in full at the time of the application. You can pay by cash, cheque (payable to the City of Hamilton), debit or credit card.
Apply for a Building Permit
71 Main Street West, 3rd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5
You will need to:
You must also submit two copies of the following drawings:
Submit your application and drawings in person to:
Application fee: Building permit fees must be paid in full at the time of the application. You can pay by cash, cheque (payable to the City of Hamilton), debit or credit card.
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