About Building Permits
A building permit is your formal permission to begin the construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property.As part of the building permit process, Toronto Building staff must review your plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code, local Zoning Bylaws, and other Applicable Law. Building permits regulate the type of construction allowed in a community and ensure that minimum building standards are met. The permit process protects the owner’s interests, the community, and helps to ensure that any new construction is appropriate and safe.
When is a Building Permit Required?
You will need a building permit if you plan to:
- Construct a new building
- Construct an addition to an existing building
- Make structural alterations
- Renovate, repair or add to a building
- Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building
- Change a building's use
- Install, change, or remove partitions and/or load bearing walls
- Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows
- Build a garage, balcony or deck
- Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
- Install or modify heating, plumbing or air-conditioning systems
- Install or reconstruct chimneys or fireplaces
- Construct an accessory structure larger than 10 square meters (108 square feet) in area
- Construct a deck more than 60 centimetres (24 inches) above ground
- Install a wood burning stove/fireplace
- Construct a basement entrance
- Add a Second Suite
- Install new or alter plumbing.
Need more information
Feel free to send your inquiry:
Permit Designer Inc.