You are required to get a building permit before you begin a new construction or renovation project on your property.

Permit application

Complete the Building Permit Application and Attachment for a Permit to Construct or Demolish and submit it to Town Hall at 87 Broadway.

If you are not the owner of the property, you will need to submit a Letter of Authorization along with the permit application.

Fees

It costs a minimum of $150 to apply for a building permit. Additional fees may apply depending on the type, size and use of the building. For example, the following items have an extra fee:

  • grading damage deposits
  • water meters
  • development charges
  • site plan securities

Projects that require a building permit

According to the Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction or installation of a new structure or the construction of an addition or alteration of any structure. The following projects require a building permit:

  • new structures (residential, commercial, industrial and institutional)
  • accessory buildings (larger than 10 square metres)
  • any addition to a structure, regardless of the size of the addition
  • interior alterations to create new rooms in a basement/attic or converting a garage to living space
  • any structural changes including interior partitions
  • adding structural features such as decks, balconies, canopies, etc.
  • repairs or renovations
  • a new entrance or new window opening
  • adding new dormers
  • raising the house to provide a full basement or first storey or to excavate the basement to provide a full basement
  • enclosing a porch/roof or sundeck
  • constructing a retaining wall larger than 3 feet and 3 inches of exposed height
  • installing a pool or hot tub
  • installing a fireplace or woodstove
  • interior alterations to non-residential units
  • any installation or alteration of a plumbing system
  • replacing a sewer line/water service line
  • converting from a septic system to Town sewer or water
  • change of use