As a business, within the City of Thunder Bay, you may require permits for any construction or activities that are a function of your proposed business or operations. Depending on your proposal or activity, you may be required to obtain a building permit, a demolition permit, or a sign permit.
Please consider, permits are not the same as business licences. Requirements for business licenses can be found on our Business Licences page.
General information regarding building and demolition permits and sign permits is provided below.
(Note* - "construction" includes pre-fabricated modular buildings, relocated buildings, self-service storage buildings, public pools, permanent greenhouses, fabric covered structures, air supported structures, and shipping containers used as buildings).
For information and clarification regarding building permit requirements and fees, please contact our Building Services Division at (807) 625-2574 or (807) 625-2575.
Permits must be obtained before the start of any work. Application forms and brochures are available from the Building Services Division.
Download Permit Forms available from the Building Services Division
The requirement to obtain a sign permit applies to;
Please consider, a sign structure shall be designed by an architect or professional engineer (Ontario License) where it is,
For information or clarification regarding sign permit requirements and fees, please contact our Licensing and Enforcement Division at (807) 625-2710.
City of Thunder Bay
Building Services Division / Licensing & Enforcement
|Address:||Victoriaville Civic Centre
111 Syndicate Ave S
Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S4
|Tel:||(807) 625-2574 (Building)|
|(807) 625-2575 (Building)|
|(807) 625-2710 (Licensing And Enforcement)|
For more information and contacts, view the City of Thunder Bay's Find a City Service.
BizPaL can help you verify that you have all the correct permits and licences.