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Building Permits

BUILDING PERMIT REGULATIONS

A building permit is required to construct a new building or structure; to demolish, alter or add to an existing structure; and in most cases, to change the use of an existing building. A building permit is also required to install, add to or alter a plumbing system. All construction must comply with the Ontario Building Code, the Thunder Bay Zoning By-law and all other applicable laws.

The Building Division issues building permits. Application forms and a series of information brochures dealing with single detached dwellings, residential basement development, residential decks, residential accessory buildings, residential solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces), plumbing applications, residential building/plumbing inspections, construction projects, and renovation and alteration projects are available from the Building Division offices. You must obtain your building permit before starting construction.

If you are planning to construct, renovate and/or alter a building in a manner that would not comply with the Zoning By-law, you must amend your proposal to conform before a building permit can be issued. Applications to amend the Zoning By-law are processed by the Planning Division. The Committee of Adjustment handles applications for minor variances.

Visit the Building Division website for more information or contact: 

City of Thunder Bay
Building Division
 
Address:
Victoriaville Civic Centre
111 Syndicate Ave S
Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S4
Tel: (807) 625-2574
Fax: (807) 623-9344
   
Manager:  Des Stolz
Email: dstolz@thunderbay.ca

 

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MONTHLY BUILDING REPORTS
October 2017 YTD
Permits Units $ Value Permits Units $ Value
Apt Blocks 1 4 350,000 7 92 13,775,000
Duplex Dwellings 2 4 450,000 9 10 2,047,000
Single Dwellings 12 12 3,696,000 75 75 19,781,900
Res. Add. & Alts 46 2 335,500 474 21 5,945,435
Shed & Garages 13 0 277,000 141 0 2,770,500
Commercial 1 0 270,000 19 48 14,342,500
Comm. Add & Alts 11 0 2,828,900 139 19 29,098,854
Industrial 2 0 597,760 12 0 1,030,760
Ind. Add & Alts 4 0 205,731 20 0 510,731
Institutional 0 0 0 1 0 1,500,000
Inst. Add & Alts 6 0 77,000 61 0 24,405,538
Totals 98 20 9,088,891 958 265 115,208,218
Source: City of Thunder Bay - Development Department, Building Division
Updated: November 2017