Are you a homeowner planning to renovate your house? Are you a property owner planning to build a new structure? Use the information below to help answer your questions about building or renovating.

Building a residential deck

When you build a new deck that is attached to your house (any height), or not attached to the house but more than 2'-0" (0.6m) above grade you need a Building Permit.

You need the following for a Building Permit for a deck:

Once you have all of your required documentation you can apply at the building services office or apply for your deck permit online. For more information refer to the Residential Decks brochure or contact one of our Residential Building Technicians on our Building and Plumbing Permit Information page. Don't forget to check with the Planning Services Division to confirm the size of deck allowed on your property.

Building or renovating a house

When you build a new house or renovate your existing house you need a Building Permit.

Here is a checklist for all of the documentation required for your Residential Building Permit application. You need the following (this is a list of forms only, see the checklist for all information needed):

There are also other approvals you may need depending on the location of the house and scope of work.

You can also pick up a permit application package in the Building Services office. Once you have all of your information required on the checklist, you apply at the Building Services office. For more information, refer to this brochure or contact one of our Residential Building Technicians on our Building and Plumbing Permit Information page. Don't forget to check with the Planning Services Division to confirm the size of house allowed on your property.

Demolition

When you demolish a building greater than 10M2 (108 sq.ft.) you need a Demolition Permit.

You need the following for a Demolition Permit:

Once you have all of your required documentation you can apply at the Building Services office or apply for your permit online. For more information refer to the Demolition brochure.

Driveways

When you construct a new driveway or relocate an existing driveway, you need a driveway permit. Email the Engineering Clerk or call 807-625-2266 for more information.

Heritage approval process

When you do any type of work to a heritage building you need approval from the Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC). If you are unsure if your building is a heritage building, the Planning Services Division can help you find out.

Lot grading and drainage

When you build a new building (commercial or residential) or build an addition you need approval for the lot grading and drainage from the Engineering and Operations Division to make sure that your property is not draining onto neighbouring properties.  Contact the Engineering Clerk at 807-625-2266.

Renovating your basement

When you are renovating your basement you need a Basement Finishing Permit (even if you are just adding a bathroom).

You need the following for a Building Permit for basement finishing:

Once you have all of your required documentation you can apply at the Building Services office or apply for your permit online. For more information refer to the Residential Basement Finishing brochure or contact one of our Residential Building Technicians on our Building and Plumbing Permit Information page.

Residential plumbing

When you are installing new plumbing fixtures in your house (completely new installation, not replacement of existing fixtures) or relocating existing fixtures you need a Building Permit for plumbing.

You need the following for a Building Permit for plumbing:

Once you have all of your required documentation you can apply at the building services office or apply for your permit online. For more information, email our Senior Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector or call 807-625-2203.

Residential detached garage/shed (accessory building)

When you build a new garage or shed that is more than 10m2 (108sq.ft) you need a Building Permit.

You need the following for a Building Permit for an accessory building:

Once you have all of your required documentation you can apply at the building services office or apply for your permit online. For more information refer to the Residential Accessory Building brochure or contact one of our Residential Building Technicians on our Building and Plumbing Permit Information page. Don't forget to check with the Planning Services Division to confirm the size of accessory building allowed on your property.

Residential solid fuel burning appliances (wood stoves)

When you are installing a new wood stove you need a building permit.

You need the following for a Building Permit for a solid fuel burning appliance:

Once you have all of your required documentation you can apply at the Building Services office. For more information refer to the Residential Basement Finishing brochure or contact one of our Residential Building Technicians on our Building and Plumbing Permit Information page.

Septic systems

When you build a new house that does not have city sewer system, or add additional plumbing fixtures to an existing building on a septic system, you need septic system approval from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

Swimming pools

You need a swimming pool fence for any swimming pool that is more than 24" deep. You need a Pool Fence Permit before installing a new fence for a swimming pool.

The following is required for a Building Permit for a pool fence:

Once you have all of your required documentation you can apply at the Building Services office or apply for your permit online. For more information refer to the pool fence by-law or contact one of our Residential Building Technicians on our Building and Plumbing Permit Information page.

Water well record

If you are building a new house without a city water supply, you need a well. The well must be drilled or dug by a licensed well technician. If there is an existing well on the property, you have to provide a well record. Contact Wells Help Desk Ontario. If the existing well is more than three years old, it has to be tested by a licensed well tester. For more information, email our Senior Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector or call 807-625-2203.

Subdividing land

Consent to sever

If you would like to sever one or two parcels of land, you must apply for Consent to Sever

The Committee of Adjustment votes on consent applications.

To sever three or more parcels at a time, you must complete an Application for Approval of a Plan of Subdivision or Condominium.

For more information, please view planning applications.

If you require a PDF in an accessible format, email our Municipal Accessibility Specialist or call 807-625-2240.

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