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Building Permits Online

The City of Thunder Bay is now accepting electronic submissions for simple projects.
Type of projects that can be applied for electronically include:

  • Residential Decks
  • Residential Accessory Buildings
  • Simple Plumbing Projects
  • Demolition Permits
  • Residential Basement Finishing
  • Pool Fences

Please follow the instructions below.
The required list of forms that must be submitted for your type of permit are outlined in the Required Form Packages below. 
After you have applied, our residential Building Technician will confirm the receipt of your application and will notify you if the application is incomplete.
If you have any questions , contact Jon Kushner at 807 625 2577 or jkushner@thunderbay.ca or, Marina Andresen at 807 625 2578 or mandresen@thunderbay.ca
For questions regarding Plumbing Only applications contact Mike Otway at 807 625 2203 or motway@thunderbay.ca

Please read ALL STEPS Before ProceEdING.

To bEGIN aPPLICATION PROCESS, FOLLOW THESE Steps:

  1. Download the appropriate forms to your computer from the applicable required Form Package.

    Simple Plumbing Project - Required Form Package:
    Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
    Plumbing Information Form
    Schedule 1: Designer Information
    Isometric Drawing (if required)  

    Deck Project - Required Form Package:
    Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
    Applicable Law Checklist
    Deck Form
    Schedule 1: Designer Information
    Site Plan  

    Detached Garage/Shed Project - Required Form Package:
    Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
    Applicable Law Checklist
    Garage/Shed Form
    Schedule 1: Designer Information
    Site Plan  
    Truss Certificate (if required)  
    Thunder Bay Hydro Site Plan Approval  

    Basement FinishingProject - Required Form Package:
    Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
    Applicable Law Checklist
    Plumbing Information Form
    Schedule 1: Designer Information
    Floor Plan  
    Isometric Drawing (if required)  

    Pool Fence Project - Required Form Package:
    Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
    Pool Fence Form
    Site Plan  
    Thunder Bay Hydro Site Plan Approval  

    Demolition Project - Required Form Package:
    Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish
    Applicable Law Checklist
    Demolition Form
    Site Plan  
  1. Fill out the appropriate forms and save on your computer.
  2. Scan in additional documentation (isometric drawings, floor plan, site plan, etc.) and save on your computer.
  3. Once all required forms are filled out and saved, begin the application process:
    1. Complete online application screen.
    2. Submit payment for the requested permit(s).
    3. After the payment is processed, upload your permit application and any supporting documents.
    4. You will receive a receipt at  the end of the submission.
Submit Completed Application Package