New home - permit application process

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Building-permit applications for new housing must be submitted online using our virtual permits tool - making the process more convenient for you. You can also use our online tool to check the status of your permit and schedule your inspections.

To help us process your new-home building-permit application in a timely manner, please ensure the documentation you include with your submission meets the following criteria.

Designer requirements

All submitted drawings must be prepared by either the owner, or prepared and reviewed by a qualified designer, architect, professional engineer or a combination. Some drawings must be designed by a professional engineer when the design falls outside of the prescriptive requirements of the Building Code.

The Building Code requires qualified, registered designers, who review and take responsibility for design activities, to include the following information on 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 documents are required for the permit submission; all documents and drawing pages must be in PDF format and combined into one or two files. The maximum file size is 12MB.

  • Application form
  • One sets of drawings - software generated; scanned drawings will not be accepted.
  • 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

All applications and forms are available for download.

Drawing requirements

The following drawings and information may be required to accompany applications for permits:

  • 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 must 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.

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