Residential building permits and inspections: frequently asked questions

How much does a permit cost? What does the fee include?

Permit fees vary depending on the type of construction proposed. Some fees are a flat rate while others are based on the floor area of the construction. This fee includes plans review and required inspections and is not subject to HST. If you need assistance in calculating the permit fee, please call Permit Services 519-837-5615.

Will my taxes go up?

Taxes are based on the assessed value of a property. For more information, please contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation at 1-866-296-6722.

Do you notify my neighbours about the building permit?

Your neighbours are not notified about your building permit if your proposed work meets all current zoning regulations.

Who is responsible for getting a building permit and calling to have the required inspections done?

While many contractors include these items as part of the job the ultimate responsibility rests with the homeowner. If a permit is required for the work being undertaken, no work is to commence and no inspections will be carried out until the permit is issued.

How long does it take to get a permit?

The approximate time to process your building permit application is 10 business days.

How much time do I have to finish the work before the permit expires?

Once your permit is issued construction must start within one year and be continuous and on-going.

What happens if construction is carried out without a permit?

Construction without a permit is illegal and subject to legal action under the Ontario Building Code Act.

When can I get my damage deposit back?

You may request a refund of the damage deposit after the final inspection.