Electronic Permits and Applications

New! The town is now accepting electronic submissions of various permits and applications.

We have new comprehensive online processes in place to help planning, building, and development projects move forward as well as to support the submission of other types of permit applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting the health and safety of you and our staff. The town’s intention in resuming these services online is to give all who need approvals the chance to advance essential projects and prepare non-essential work for when the Ontario government lifts essential business restrictions.

This is part of a phased-in approach to bring more services online. Thank you for your patience as we move through this transition.

Before you start your electronic submission:

For applications related to business licensing, sign permits and noise exemptions visit the corresponding web page for details and submission requirements.

To submit application forms online:

  • Prepare all your files according to the Applications Forms and Guidelines page or other noted applications.
  • Save files in individual Vector PDF format, unprotected, black and white, single layer and free of comments.
  • If including scanned documents, resolution of 1-bit black-and-white 300 dpi is usually acceptable. For plans and drawings with fine lines and detail, 600 dpi resolution is required. Full-colour renderings and photos may be submitted, but only as supplements to a sufficient set of plans.
  • Don’t forget to complete and sign the application form! Electronic signatures are accepted.
  • Name and organize your digital copies according to the list of naming conventions (pdf) outlined for the area to which you are sending your application.
  • When ready, please send all application files to the corresponding email address with the project address in the subject line:

Now accepting electronic payments

You can now submit electronic payments for various permit applications. Depending on your permit type, you may be able to pay by:

  • E-transfer
  • Electronic funds transfer (EFT)

Payment options are outlined in your application forms or you will be notified of options once your complete application is received. Cheque payments are still accepted by mail. 

Electronic Payment Details

Please note that we can accommodate large file submissions. If your complete application is too big to send by email (max 20MB), staff will make arrangements with you to submit large files through an electronic file transfer.

If you have any questions or are unsure where to email your submission, contact ServiceOakville at service@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601.

Building and construction projects

Please be advised that the issuance of a building permit is subject to all restrictions and prohibitions under the law. More specifically, issuance of a permit does not mean that construction can be carried out in contravention of any Act, Regulation and/or provincial order prohibiting construction deemed non-essential. Please note that you must review the list of construction projects deemed essential and it is recommended that you seek legal opinion to determine whether the project is deemed essential under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and its Regulations, as amended, before proceeding with construction in order to avoid contravention of the law. Construction projects deemed non-essential are prohibited.

Construction projects deemed essential, pursuant to the Province’s recent order (0. Reg. 82/20, as amended / SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) - CLOSURE OF PLACES OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES), will continue to be inspected in accordance with our modified inspection protocol and in pursuant to our authority under the Building Code Act.  For our modified inspection protocol please go to https://www.oakville.ca/townhall/covid-19.html  / For our modified inspection protocol please send an email to buildinginspectionrequest@oakville.ca

Construction projects deemed non-essential, will not continue to be inspected. Contravention of the Provinces order O.Reg. 82/20 may result in a fine. Any work that is covered without prior inspection will be ordered to be uncovered later, pursuant to our authority under the Building Code Act.

Essential business enquiries

Public enquiries relating to what businesses are deemed essential, and which are not, please visit the Province's Stop the Spread of COVID-19 website or call the Province’s Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Provincial imposed business restrictions during COVID-19

It is recommended that OWNERS seek a legal opinion to determine whether their project/work is deemed essential under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and its Regulations, as amended, BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH ANY CONSTRUCTION/SITE WORKS in order to avoid contravention of the law. Construction Projects/Site Works deemed non-essential are prohibited from proceeding.