When Do I Need a Building Permit?

WHEN DO YOU REQUIRE A BUILDING PERMIT?

A Building Permit is required if you:
  • Construct a new home.
  • Construct a new accessory building or accessory structure greater than 108 sq. ft.
  • Repair, renovate or add to an existing building.
  • Remove, relocate, alter or construct interior walls.
  • Complete a previously unfinished area in an existing building (basement development, carport, etc.).
  • Construct, cover or enclose a porch or sundeck.
  • Construct a swimming pool or any structure for a hot tub.
  • Demolish, relocate or move a building.
  • Place mobile/manufactured homes on a private lot or in a Mobile Home Park.
  • Construct chimneys or install wood or pellet stove appliances.
  • Construct retaining walls over 5 ft in height. (a design by a P. Eng. Is also required)
Exemptions:
  • Painting, roofing repairs and re-roofing (nothing structural).
  • Exterior finish repair or replacement.
  • Landscaping, sidewalks, fences.
  • Garden shed less than 108 sq. ft.
  • Temporary construction trailer for a project for which a building permit has been issued
  • Maintenance.
  • No excavation, erection, enlargement, alteration, repair, removal or demolition of any building or structure, or part thereof, shall be commenced or undertaken without a permit being first obtained.