A building permit is your formal permission to begin construction or demolition. The building permit process protects each homeowner's interests, as well as those of the community at large and ensures the construction of safe structures. It is unlawful to begin your project without a permit.
What you should know...
Building permits regulate types of construction permitted in the community. Approved plans must comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning by-laws, and other applicable laws and regulations.
During the permit process there will always be Building staff to lend their professional expertise and answer any questions you may have. Whether you're a first time builder or seasoned professional, our staff are here to help with your needs.
In many cases, your designer or contractor will obtain permits on your behalf. But remember, it is the property owner who is ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements.
The following guides will help you compile the information and drawings you will need to obtain your permit for a deck, shed or other accessory structures on your property.