Building permits give legal permission to construct, demolish or renovate on a property. Constructing without the benefit of a building permit may result in construction delays and the removal of work completed. The checklists below are guides to assist in better understanding the requirements for submitting a complete building permit application. You may also refer to the Municipal Building By-law which provides detailed operational and procedural requirements and also includes a detailed building permit fee schedule.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Citizens' Guide to Building Permits
Additions & Renovations
Dwelling - Septic System
Dwelling - Municipally Serviced
Site Alteration Fill Permit Application
Masonry Fireplace Permit
Solar Domestic Hot Water System Permit
Sewer and or Water Connection Permit Guide
Dwelling with Municipal Water & Private Sewer
Signs to be erected within the The Blue Mountains shall comply with the Sign By-law, which regulates sign specifications such as: Size, Shape, Material, Display, and Maintenance. A sign permit application, drawings and fee ($75.00, including HST) may be required prior to the installation of a sign. To request a Sign Permit Application Form, please contact By-law Enforcement.
Individual truss details, stamped by a professional engineer, will continue to be accepted by the Building Department not less than 10 days prior to a framing inspection. The individual truss details are not required to be submitted at time of permit application.
To maintain the quality of permit records, drawings shall not be submitted via fax. For security reasons, submissions by USB Drive ('Key'), flash media or file sharing services (such as “Dropbox”, “Google Drive” or “iCloud”, etc.) are not accepted. Building Services will provide a secure Share File link to upload your documents and files. Submit permit applications and files using our secure SHARE FILE system.
When a permit submission is received by Building Services, a permit file name is created. Building Services Staff will review for a complete application. An email will be sent to the applicant acknowledging the submission and providing the building permit file number, which is to be used for all future correspondence. This will be followed by an email after permit review (see below) stating any outstanding documents if the submission is not deemed to be complete.
Once the Plans Examiner has completed review of the permit submission, building permit fees, any concerns or outstanding information required will be sent to the applicant via email.
After approval and payment of fees for an electronically submitted application and issuance of the permit by Building Services, you will receive your Reviewed Drawing Set electronically via email. Please print a set of all approved drawings or specifications (in colour) and ensure this reviewed drawing set is available to the inspector on-site for every inspection.
Where a submission is being made to address a deficiency identified by a Building Inspector/Examiner, an electronic copy of the revised plans shall be submitted with the changes clearly labelled with revisions noted. A fee for revisions may be applicable as per Building By-Law #2014-18.
Once a complete application including supporting documentation is received our Staff will review and communicate with the applicant per the following Ontario Building Code Act mandated timelines:
Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction of a new building, an addition, or alteration of any building or structure with a building area of over 10 square metres (approximately 108 square feet). The following are examples of (not limited to) projects requiring a building permit:
Chief Building Official