Building Permits are required for the construction of any new buildings; renovation or demolition of existing buildings; to modify heating, plumbing, or air conditioning systems; for extensive electrical work; to build a deck; to erect a fence or to install a pool.
When is a Building Permit Required?
- For the construction of any new buildings
- To renovate, repair or add to an existing building
- To demolish or remove portion of an existing building
- To demolish or remove all of an existing building
- To relocate an existing building
- To change the use of a building
- To install, change, or remove partitions and load bearing walls
- To make new window or door openings in an existing building
- To change the size of windows or doors in an existing building
- To build a garage or balcony
- To build a deck, whether it is attached to a building or not
- To excavate a basement
- To construct a foundation
- To install or modify heating, plumbing, and air conditioning systems
- To do extensive electrical work
- To install or modify fireplaces
- To construct or reconstruct a chimney
- To install a pool or any device capable of holding 600mm water (24”) or more
- To erect a fence
When is a Building Permit NOT Required?
- To replace existing doors or windows with the same size doors or windows
- To install or replace vinyl siding on any structure. All other siding installations would require a Building Permit.
- To construct a utility shed under 100 square feet
- To re-shingle a roof when there is no structural work required
- To install eves trough (drainage must be contained to your property)
- To replace or increase attic insulation
- To replace or install drywall or plaster
- To damp proof a basement
- To paint or redecorate
- To install kitchen or bathroom cupboards
- To replace existing decking surface or replace existing non-structural components of a deck, veranda, landing or stairs unless the purpose is to bring it up to Code,