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New Site Grading Procedure

As of October 1, 2021 any commercial building permit application is required to follow the new site grading procedure. Refer to Commercial & Multi-Family Site Grading for detailed information.

The Commercial Building Permit Program is committed to helping professional consultants and contractors navigate the City’s construction standards and permits, and offers several resources and guides to help keep projects on track and up to code.

Application Process

  1. A professional architect or engineer is required for projects outside the scope of Part 9 of the National Building Code. For more information, please refer to Requirement for a Design Professional
  2. Complete the Commercial Building and Development Permit Application and applicable forms listed on the complete application checklists. For more information on which forms to complete, please refer to the Permit Forms and Brochures page  or contact Building Standards where one of our staff will be happy to assist you.
  3. All drawings are to be prepared to professional drafting standards. Please see Electronic Drawing Requirements for more information. Plans must be to scale and have dimensions. Pencil drawings or drawings on graph paper will not be accepted. Drawings marked “preliminary only” or “not for construction” will not be accepted.
  4. Apply Online. Refer to our Online Permit Quick Start Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for your permit.

Apply Online

Building & Development Permit Fees 

Click the link above to find more information on building and development permit fees. 

Permit Turnaround Time 

After you have applied for your permit, the building standards team will begin processing your application.

Building and Development Permit Application Service Level Target*

  New Alt
Single/Semidetached Dwelling Site 5-7 5
Alternative Family Care Home 15 8
Group Dwelling Site - Including Site Development 15-20 5-8
Group Dwelling Site - Post Site Development Approval 10-15 5-8
Apartment Buildings 17-22 9-15
Commercial, Industrial & Institutional 17-22 10-15
Major Projects 25-30 N/A
Demolitions        5-8 N/A

*Represented in business days