Non-residential Building Permits
Examples of projects that require building permits:
- Erect, alter or repair structures over 10 square metres (107 square feet)
- Change the use of an existing space
- Tenant improvements
- Alterations to interior partitions or the installation of skylights, windows or doors
- Creation of a patio or covered areas
- Garden centres, tents, air supported structures
- Loading Docks
- Repairs of balconies and parking structures
- Alter exterior facades
- Constructing or installing accessory structures such as garbage enclosures
- Designated structures such as retaining walls, tanks, solar panels and communication towers
- Mechanical alterations
- Commercial kitchen exhaust and suppression systems
- Spray booths, dust removal systems
- Rooftop HVAC replacements
- A structure of any size that contains plumbing
- Wood burning fireplaces, ovens, unit heaters and other heating appliances including the alteration, replacement or extension of ductwork
- Geothermal systems
- Site Servicing
- Install new, alter or extend existing plumbing, heating or fire protection systems
A demolition permit is required for a full or partial demolition.
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Applying for a Non-Residential Building Permit:
- Submit two sets of drawings. Permit applications must be accompanied by scaled detailed drawings clearly indicating the full scope of work. Projects beyond the scope of Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code must be designed by an architect and/or engineer and permit drawings shall bear the signed and dated seal of the designer. You may need the following drawings: site plan of property with proposal and site statistics, architectural, structural, HVAC and plumbing, and electrical fire protection.
- Determine required approvals from external governing agencies as obtaining consent can be a lengthy process. Establish early what is required to satisfy the pertinent requirements.
- Complete Building Permit Application forms. Download application and schedules in advance or pick up copies in Building Services.
- Visit Building Services to submit application forms along with drawings, permit fee and supporting documentation. See the non-residential submission checklist.
Please note that it is unlawful to commence construction prior to the issuance of a building permit.
To ensure work is carried out in accordance with reviewed drawings and to the Ontario Building Code, several inspections are required. Visit the non-residential building inspection page for details.