Learn about our different building permits and what you need to include in your application. If you have any questions, send us an email or call us at 519-741-2312.

On this page:

  1. Application process
  2. Demolition permit
  3. New building or addition
  4. Interior alteration
  5. Tent

Application process

Visit our apply for a building permit page to find:

  • how to apply for a permit
  • processing times
  • drawing requirements
  • permit fees
  • what happens when we issue your permit
  • information about inspections

All projects must follow our zoning bylaws.

If you're looking for a building permit for your home, visit our residential building permits page.


Demolition permit

You need a building permit for a partial or full demolition of a building.

Use the accordions below to find the requirements to apply for this building permit.

Fee 
  • demolition fee: $0.03 per square foot (minimum $163) plus rebate fee
  • rebate fee: $1,000
  • we will send you an invoice within two business days of getting your application
Application requirements 

If you’re demolishing a builder larger than 600 square meters:

  • professional engineer’s report that includes the descriptions of the structural design characteristics of the building(s) and the method of demolition (OBC Div. C, 1.3.1.1(3))
  • Commitment to General Review form from the engineer who is overseeing the demolition and completing the general review
Demolition control
If the building is residential or includes any residential units, you need to apply for demolition control.

New building or addition

You need a building permit for new ICI buildings or additions.

Use the accordions below to find the requirements to apply for this building permit.

Fees
  • see our fee schedule for permit fees and other charges
  • rebate fee: $10 per $1,000 of the total construction value (maximum $5,000)
  • we will send you an invoice within two business days of getting your application
Application requirements
Required plans

Stamped by an architect:

Stamped by an OLS, CET or professional engineer:

  • grading and erosion control plan

Stamped by an architect or professional engineer, complete with stamps, signatures and dates:

  • architectural (only signature)
  • structural
  • mechanical
  • electrical
  • site servicing plans (including approved city copy)
Energy efficiency certification
  • choose the energy efficiency design for the building or choose the reason for exemption
  • for all methods, get all seals and signatures (architect, mechanical and electrical engineer)
  • if you choose an energy efficiency design, complete the SB-10 form

Interior alteration

You need a building permit for interior alterations to ICI buildings.

Use the accordions below to find the requirements to apply for this building permit.

Fees
  • permit fee: $0.37 per square foot
  • rebate fee: $1,000
  • we will send you an invoice within two business days of getting your application
Application requirements
Required plans

Stamped by an architect, professional engineer or qualified designer

  • architectural

Stamped by a professional engineer or qualified designer

  • plumbing
  • HVAC
  • electrical

Tent

You need a building permit to set up a tent on ICI property.

Use the accordions below to find the requirements to apply for this building permit.

Fees
  • permit fee: $163 per site
  • we will send you an invoice within two business days of getting your application
Application requirements
  • application form
  • site plan (next accordion)
  • interior plans
  • fabric specifications and certificate (material must meet the requirements of CAN/ULC S109-M or NFPA 701)
  • tent information form
  • letter of approval from our transportation division if you’re building the tent on a city road (call 519-741-2379 for more information)

If your tent is larger than 225 square metres (2420 square feet):

  • structural plans stamped and signed by a professional engineer, including framing and anchorage details
  • commitment to general review form (architect or engineer)

If your tent will be up for more than 14 days:

  • site plan (next accordion)
Site plan

Show the location of the tent in relation to:

  • other structures
  • property lines

Please show dimensions less than 3 metres (10 feet).

Include these locations:

  • fire routes
  • overhead wires
  • washrooms

If your tent will be up for more than 14 days, you need to apply for a site plan.

Interior plans

If setting up a tent with no walls, show the location of:

  • furniture
  • fire extinguishers

If setting up a tent with walls, show the location of:

  • furniture
  • fire extinguishers
  • means of egress
  • exits

If using a tent after dusk, show the location of:

  • exit signs
  • emergency lighting
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