City of Kitchener

ICI - Permit Application Process

You have your professionally designed drawings in hand - but before you even begin to complete your building-permit application, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a convenient time to discuss your future project.

This service is free of charge; and it will assist you in the preparation of your building permit application and answer any initial questions you may have.

However, if you wish to begin the process on your own, please visit our Applications and Standard Forms page; and be aware of all building fees.

Designer Requirements

All drawings submitted for building-permit applications are required to be prepared and reviewed by a qualified designer, architect or professional engineer or a combination.

The Building Code requires qualified and registered designers who review and take responsibility for design activities to include the following information on any documents submitted to a chief building official or registered code agency:

  • The name and building code identification number (BCIN) of the registered firm.

  • A statement that the qualified person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities.

  • The name and BCIN of the qualified person.

  • The signature of the qualified person.

Application Requirements

The following is a list of documents required for the permit submission: 

  • Two full sized sets of drawings (stamped and dated)
  • Application form
  • Ontario building code matrix
  • Energy efficiency certification form
  • Commitment to general reviews by architect and engineers
  • Schedule 1- designer information form
  • Any other documents that pertain to your project

Additional forms we may require to issue your permit:

  • Alternative solution form
  • Building and fire code design form
  • Demolition agreement
  • Flow control roof drainage declaration
  • Schedule 2 - sewage installer information form

Visit our Applications and Standard Forms page to access these forms.

Drawing Requirements

The following is a list of drawings and information that may be required to accompany applications for permits according to the scope of work:

  • Site plan

  • Key plan

  • Lot grading plan

  • Floor plans

  • Foundation plans

  • Framing plans

  • Roof plans

  • Reflected ceiling plans

  • Sections and details

  • Building elevations

  • Structural drawings

  • Architectural drawings

  • Electrical drawings

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning drawings

  • Plumbing drawings

  • Fire alarm drawings

  • Travel distance plans

  • Exit capacity plans

  • On-site sewage system design 

Sprinkler drawings are not required at the time of application; however, they must be submitted for approval after permit issuance and prior to installation.

All drawings shall be fully dimensioned; and note all sizes and types of construction materials to be used and their respective locations, finishes to all walls, ceilings and floors and all existing and proposed fire separations.  We require to sets of drawings for the permit submission. 

Alterations, renovations and additions must differentiate between the existing building and new work being proposed.

Additional information that may be required for the building-permit application process includes:

  • Spatial separation calculations

  • Fire protection reports

  • Building code related reports

  • Record of site condition  

How to apply for a permit

Apply in person - Print and complete all required forms and bring these and your drawings or details to the building division located on the 5th floor of City Hall (200 King Street West, Kitchener). 

Visit our Online Permits System to check the status of your permit and schedule inspections.

For more information, please contact us at 519-741-2433.