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residential buildings

New Site Grading Procedure

As of October 1, 2021 any infill building permit application is required to follow the new site grading procedure. Refer to Infill Site Grading for detailed information.

Apply for a residential building permit to begin the development of a residential dwelling.

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 Residential Building and Development Permit Application and applicable forms listed on the residential application form. For Alternative Family Care Home construction, renovation, or addition, complete the Alternative Family Care Home Application.
  3. Include one complete set of plans. Please see the drawing requirements handout for details.
  4. Apply Online. Applying for your permit online is quick and easy. 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. Please note, we are currently experiencing 

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