Building standards


Whether you're planning to construct a building for commercial office space, a warehouse to store parts used by local manufacturers, or a block of buildings featuring a mixed use of residential and retail development -- you must go through our building-permit application and approval processes before breaking ground.

These processes, which are in accordance with our own building bylaw and the Ontario Building Code, help ensure your proposed development is safe, structurally sound and conform to our building and fire codes.

Our requirements apply to industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential:

  • Construction
  • Alterations
  • Changes of use

For related information, check out:

  • Housing and property (residential building)
  • Building permits

Ontario Building Code

The Ontario Building Code Act governs the construction, renovation and change-of-use of a building by establishing detailed technical and administrative requirements, as well as minimum standards. The Code is produced and distributed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Copies can be obtained from:


Service Ontario Publications

By phone

416-325-3408 (TTY)
Toll free in Canada: 1-800-668-9938
Toll free in Ontario: 1-800-268-7095 (TTY)

In person

Kitchener Public Library - Main Branch

85 Queen St. N., Kitchener

Copies are available for in-library use only.

Publications Ontario

880 Bay St., 1st Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1N8|
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday

Government Service Centre
110 Laurier Ave. W.
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday


Some code users may only require either the Building Code Act, 1992 or the Building Code (O.Reg. 332/12). Both documents can be obtained online, at no charge, using E-laws on the Ontario Building Code website.

Our revenue and expenses

The Ontario Building Code Act requires us to share an annual report detailing our collection of fees, as well as our costs to administer and enforce the act. The following documents detail our revenue and expenses from 2009 to 2015.

Building-permit statistics and reports

Building permit information is available in machine-readable format within our open-data catalogue. We encourage you to explore the data sets. New data sets will be added as they become available.

Yearly subscriptions to our monthly building-permit reports are also available for purchase. These reports are provided in .pdf format only; customized reports are not available at this time.

Please contact us at 519-741-2312 for more information.


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