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Building & Development Permits

residential construction

Does your next project require a building and development permit? Several common project are outlined below to help you determine if a building and development permit is required for your next project. Please contact Building Standards if you require clarification or further details regarding your specific scope of work as the lists noted below are not comprehensive. 

Common projects where a building and development permit is required:

  • New building or structure on your property including: house, garden and garage suite, mobile home, garage, decks or other accessory building greater than 10 square meters (107 square feet) in floor area.
  • Swimming pools (including above-ground pools and hot tubs)
  • Basement developments, secondary suites or fireplaces in your home
  • Demolition, repair, alteration or addition to an existing building or structure including: solar panel installation, repair after fire or water damage and structural repairs.
  • Change in occupancy or use of the building
  • Moving an existing building or structure.  
  • Installation or replacement of any fire alarm system
  • Alterations or repairs to heritage buildings
  • Installing bay, bow, or box windows in new or existing openings
  • Construction increasing the roof top loading

Common projects where a building and development permit is not required if the entire scope of the project consists only of:

  • Fences, landscape stairs or retaining walls not attached to a building
  • Driveways and sidewalks for curb and ditch crossings (A Curb, Sidewalk and Ditch Crossing Permit is required for changes to public property) 
  • Cosmetic repairs such as painting, patching drywall, laying carpet and other similar minor repairs of interior or exterior finishes 
  • Replacing kitchen cabinets provided the clearances of the National Building Code are met 
  • A play structure
  • An accessory building less than 10 square metres in area. The accessory building must conform to zoning regulations
  • Replacement/repair of roofing of exactly the same roofing material (above decking) as per most recent approved building plans, where available
  • Replacing/repairing a portion of existing siding with exact same material, but not a full wall
  • Replacing doors and windows in existing openings, as long as the outside dimension of the window or door does not change, the opening area is not changing and the level of life/fire safety is not changing, such as the fire protection rating or egress hardware

Need a permit? 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

Approved Permit Package

Once your permit is approved, paid for and obtained, construction can begin. Building Standards offers next day inspections for all mandatory inspection stages identified within your permit package. Book inspections online at