My Neighbours' Construction

Home renovations and construction in established neighbourhoods can be both welcomed and challenging. The town provides permits and approvals for the project, however control over the physical work on and around the site is the responsibility of the builder/developer.

If you are concerned about a construction project in your neighbourhood, first talk to the property owner or builder. Working together, neighbours can often ease potential conflicts and ensure safe and productive building projects.

If you still have concerns, we're here to help. Here are answers to some of the more common concerns you may have regarding construction in your neighbourhood.

Building permit search

Check the Active Building Permits interactive map to confirm that a building permit has been issued. If a building permit has not been issued please contact ServiceOakville at or 905-845-6601.

Active Building and Development Permits Map

Search for active permits in your area.


Access to my property

A building permit does not give your neighbour or their contractor the right to enter onto your property without your permission. Allowing access to your property is your decision and is a private matter. Your neighbour or their builder may approach you for access to your property, but should do so before entering. If you decide to allow access, you should consider having a written agreement for the benefit of both parties.

Boundary trees — trees that straddle the property line — are jointly owned by both property owners and can only be removed with the consent of both owners. If your trees limbs and/or roots overhang/encroach the development site and interfere with the construction work, the builder/developer may contact you about pruning these limbs and/or roots. Pruning should be performed by an arborist.

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Building/workplace safety

Contact the Ministry of Labour at 1-800-263-6906 for hazardous materials in a building to be demolished or worker health and safety hazards.

Contact Town of Oakville Building Services at 905-845-7376 for concern about building permits for construction/demolition or unsafe construction or building conditions.

Construction site fencing

A person issued a building or demolition permit for any construction work, except interior work, is required to erect and maintain a construction fence to enclose the construction or demolition site in accordance with the property standards by-law. For more information on construction fence requirements see the Property Standards By-law or contact Municipal Enforcement Services.

Damage to my property as a result of construction activity

If your property is damaged as a result of construction activity, you may have a right to compensation. If your neighbour is not willing to address the issue directly, your remedy is through the civil courts.   As a precaution, you may wish to take photos to document the state of your property before (and after) any damage.

Damage to Utilities

Contractors are required to locate underground infrastructure prior to digging. If you loose utility services due to your neighbour’s construction, alert the service provider as soon as possible. A complaint may also be registered on line through Ontario 1Call at

Dangerous electrical conditions

Contact Oakville Hydro at 905-825-9400.

Dormant projects

The Building Code controls what may be built, not the timing of construction. The Chief Building Official has authority to revoke a building permit if construction does not commence within six months of the permit being issued, or if construction ceases for a period of at least a year. Otherwise, the permit remains valid and construction may continue.

Drainage and grading

Older areas within the community can sometimes pose drainage challenges for new building construction. A grading and drainage plan must accompany a development proposal. Drainage systems typically consist of the eaves trough on the house, downspout, yard swales, and sometimes yard basins and stormwater pipes. It is not uncommon to have yard swales that run along a shared property line and receive drainage from abutting lands. Maintenance of swales along the common property line becomes a shared responsibility similar to that of a fence. Should you and your neighbor experience drainage issues due to improperly maintained drainage systems, it is preferred that you engage your neighbor and work together to resolve the drainage concern. Lots where the drainage system has been altered intentionally or by neglect may require the input/advice of a qualified landscaper.

Contact Town of Oakville Development Engineering Construction at 905-338-4407.

Noise and dirt

Noise from construction is permitted during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays). There are situations where times may vary, such as for emergency work or where an extension has been granted by the town.

Some dirt and debris around a construction site is inevitable, however the developer or builder is responsible for managing the work site so that mud tracking and debris is kept to a minimum and public space is reasonably clean at the end of each day.

Noise and nuisance

All residents are entitled to a peaceful lifestyle. Noise By-law 2008-098 regulates noise and attempts to minimize noisy disturbances in your neighbourhood, especially during certain time periods. Visit the Noise and Nuisance Issues page to learn more.


There can be increased parking on the street during the renovation or construction project.

The town may issue permits for workers’ vehicles to park on the street near the project location beyond the general three-hour limit. These permits are for passenger vehicles and limit the parking between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. only. The permitted locations take into account safety, emergency response access, municipal services, and area residences and businesses.

Residents of the home under construction may not be able to access their driveway during the construction project and may obtain a temporary on-street permit to park their passenger vehicles on the street for longer than the general three-hour limit or overnight.

Construction vehicles, equipment, material and bins on the roadway may be permitted along the frontage of the property, subject to approvals.

Residential building permits

Many different types of home construction, renovation, demolition and landscaping projects require permits. Visit the Residential Building Permits page for more information on what permits are required.

Roadway concerns

Contact ServiceOakville at or 905-845-6601 for concerns with regard to: blocked streets, sidewalks or driveways; and for any work, debris or mud-tracking on the municipal roadway.

The building seems to be too close to my property line

Plans for buildings are reviewed before permits are issued to ensure that the development as proposed is expected to comply with the setbacks required by zoning by-laws or the Ontario Building Code.  For residential properties, the town requires that “as built” setbacks be confirmed through a survey submitted to the town.  If a problem is identified, it will be addressed at that stage.

It should be remembered that zoning by-law regulations control the distance between the edge of the building and the property line. It is not uncommon for a slightly larger area to be excavated during construction and backfilled with dirt later.

The building seems to be too high

Plans for buildings are reviewed before permits are issued to ensure that the development as proposed is expected to comply with height restrictions under the town’s zoning by-law.     For residential properties, the town requires that “as built” elevations be confirmed through a survey submitted to the town after the foundation is backfilled and prior to the approval of the framing inspection.   If a problem is identified, it will be addressed at that stage.


Trees within the site and close to active construction must be protected from harm with perimeter fencing installed at a distance approved by the town. Trees on private property that are healthy and over 15 centimetres in diameter can only be removed with town approval.

Zoning by-laws

Zoning by-laws regulate how land and buildings are used, the location of the buildings, lot coverage, building heights and other provisions to ensure proper development. The town's zoning by-law requirements must be satisfied regardless of whether a building permit is needed.

Credit Valley Conservation Authority      
1255 Old Derry Rd. W.       
Meadowvale, ON L5N 6R4

Halton Region Conservation Authority
2596 Brittania Rd. W.         
Burlington, ON L7P 0G3

Milton Land Registry Office          
2800 Highpoint Dr, 2nd Floor
Milton, ON L9T 6P4

Oakville Hydro                                 
861 Redwood Square        
Oakville, ON L6J 5E3         

Ontario Hydro                                  
155 A. Matheson Blvd., Unit 104
Mississauga, ON L5R 3L5

Tarion Warranty Corporation
5150 Yonge Street
Concourse Level
Toronto, ON M2N 6L0

Ontario One Call “call before you dig”

Regional Municipality of Halton
P.O. Box 7000, 1151 Bronte Rd.              
Oakville, ON L6M 3L1                    

Region of Halton Health Department
P.O. Box 7000, 1151 Bronte Rd.
Oakville, ON L6M 3L1

Town of Oakville - Building Services Dept. 1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3
905-845-6601 x 7376                                                      

Town of Oakville - Fire Prevention Officers 1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3

Town of Oakville – Planning Services Dept.
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3

Town of Oakville – Development Engineering Dept.
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3

Town of Oakville – Engineering and Construction Dept.
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3

Union Gas Limited  
4475 Mainway Drive                      
Burlington, ON L7L 5Y2                

Union Energy          
768 Westgate, Unit 4          
Oakville, ON  L6L 5N2
1-888-71UNION (8-6466)                                                                                                 

Electrical Safety Authority
400 Sheldon Drive,
Cambridge, ON  N1T 2H9