Business building permits and inspections

This page applies to industrial, commercial or institutional building permits.
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The Building Code requires that qualified and registered designers who review and take responsibility for design activities include the following information on any documents submitted to a Chief Building Official or registered code agency:

  • The name and Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) of the registered firm;
  • A statement that the qualified person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities;
  • The name and BCIN of the qualified person; and
  • The signature of the qualified person.

If your project requires professional design or a registered designer, click here for information on finding an appropriate qualified individual. If applicable, drawings must be stamped by an architect or professional engineer or both. The stamps and signatures of architects and/or professional engineer’s are required to be original on one set of drawings. All drawings shall be fully dimensioned, note all sizes and types of Construction materials to be used and their respective locations, all finishes to all walls, ceiling and floors and all existing and proposed fire separations. Alterations, renovations and additions must differentiate between the existing Building and new work being done. The following is a list of plans, working drawings, information and forms that may be required to accompany applications and fees for Permits according to the scope of work.

  • Site plan
  • Key plan
  • Lot grading plan
  • Floor plans
  • Foundation plans
  • Framing plans
  • Roof plans
  • Reflected ceiling plans
  • Sections and details
  • Air barrier details
  • Soil gas control details
  • Building elevations
  • Structural drawings
  • Architectural drawings
  • Electrical drawings
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning drawings
  • Plumbing drawings
  • Fire alarm drawings
  • Sprinkler drawings
  • Travel distance plans
  • Exit capacity plans

Two sets of drawings shall be submitted on paper or other durable material. One full-sized set of drawings to a legible, recognized scale and one 11”x17” reduced set of drawings are required. two 11”x17” drawings may be submitted if to a legible, recognized scale.

Additional information which may be required

The following is a list of forms, reports and calculations that may be required to accompany applications and fees for Permits according to the scope of work:

  • Spatial separation calculations
  • Fire protection reports
  • Building Code related reports


All development proposals must comply with the City of Guelph zoning regulations. Building Services should be consulted regarding inquiries and interpretation of the Zoning By-law.

Building permit application and fees

Complete list of applications

For more information

For information about building permits contact Building Services at 519-837-5615 or by email at

Building inspections

Building Inspections are scheduled by phoning 519-837-5614. Generally, inspections called before 3 p.m. will be scheduled for the next business day.

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