City of Kitchener

New Home - Permit Application Process

Kitchener's building division requires the following information with all new-home building-permit applications:

Designer Requirements

All drawings submitted for building permit applications are required to be prepared by either the owner or prepared and reviewed by a qualified designer, architect or professional engineer or a combination. Some drawings must be designed by a professional engineer when the design falls outside of the prescriptive requirements of Part 9, Division B of the Building Code.

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; 

  • Application form
  • One sets of drawings in PDF format submitted online
  • Schedule 1- Designer Information Form (one for HVAC calculations and one for house design)
  • Heat loss / heat gain calculations and mechanical summary form
  • Energy efficiency design summary (EEDS) form (when drawings do not include this as a matrix)
  • Sewage System Design (if applicable)
  • Schedule 2- Sewage System Installer Information form (if applicable)
  • Any other documents that pertain to your project

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:

  • Lot grading plan
  • Foundation plan
  • Floor plans/ framing plans
  • Roof plans
  • Building elevations
  • Sections and details
  • Truss layout drawings (if applicable)
  • Pre-Engineered floor joist layout drawings (if applicable) 

All drawings shall be fully dimensioned, drawn at minimum 3/16"= 1'-0"; 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. 

How to apply for a permit

Effective Jan. 1, 2014 all permit submissions for new housing must be online.

Apply Online - Use our Online Permits System.  You can also check the status of your permit and schedule the inspections online.