ICI - permit application process


For safety sake, construction projects that fall under the ICI (industrial, commercial or institutional) must meet certain requirements before we can issue a building permit. We're here to help you through this process.

Before you begin your building-permit application, please contact us to arrange a time to discuss your project. We will assist you with preparing your building-permit application and answer any initial questions you may have and be aware of all building fees.

Step 1 - Designer requirements

The Building Code requires us to ensure all drawings submitted for building-permit applications are prepared and reviewed by a qualified, registered designer, architect or professional engineer or a combination. The following information must be included on all 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.

Step 2 - Application requirements

The following documents must be included in your building-permit application package:

  • All plans are to be submitted digitally using a pdf file, vector format (stamped and dated)
  • Application form
  • Ontario building code matrix
  • SB-10 or SB-12 energy efficiency forms, including applicable checklists
  • 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 include:

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

All required forms are available for download.

Step 3 - Drawing requirements

Please submit the digital drawing on a USB key or a file transfer for your permit application.

Contact Angela Dennis, Permit Expeditor if you require a file transfer link (ShareFile) for Commercial buildings only.  angela.dennis@kitchener.ca


Drawings and information that may be required include:

  • 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 must:

  • Be fully dimensioned, and
  • Note all sizes and types of construction materials that will be used, as well as the locations of these materials, finishes to all walls, ceilings and floors and all existing and proposed fire separations.

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

Additional information that may be required includes:

  • Spatial separation calculations
  • Fire protection reports
  • Building-code related reports
  • Record of site condition

Step 4 - Apply for your building permit

To apply for your building permit, please bring your complete application package to us at City Hall (fifth floor). Then, you can use our online permits system to check the status of your permit and schedule inspections.

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



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