How do I get a permit?
  • The permit is required before you begin work on your project.
  • To apply for a permit, you will be required to provide information about your project in the form of plans and supporting documentation. Sufficient information is required to demonstrate the proposed work will comply with all applicable Codes, Regulations, Bylaws and property encumbrances (e.g., rights-of-way, covenants, etc.).
  • Permits can be obtained through the Building Permits Division.
  • Building Permit fees (PDF) are based on the value of construction.
  • Depending on the nature of the permit in question, various other charges and securities (Development Cost Charges, Damage Deposits, etc.) may be collected at the time the permit fee balance is due.
  • After the building permit is issued you must schedule inspections at regular stages of construction, before proceeding to the next stage of construction.
  • Depending on the age of your home or building, for a fee, the Building Division may have a record of your plans and/or form survey. To enquire, please email Building Permits. Please note:
    • Homeowners must provide proof of ownership.
    • Non home owners must provide a completed Agent Authorization Form (PDF)
    • Realtors and prospective buyers must show a valid purchase agreement

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1. Why do you need a building permit?
2. When is a building permit required?
3. When is a building permit not required?
4. How do I get a permit?
5. How do I book an inspection?
6. Who can apply for a building permit?
7. What services does the Building Permits Division provide?
8. What types of things do I need a permit for?
9. What is the cost of a building permit?
10. I want to re-grade my property and bring in a "little" fill. Do I need a permit?
11. How long does it take to get a permit?
12. How can I find out what my property is zoned?
13. Where can I find the size of my lot?
14. What can I build on my single family residential lot?
15. How big can I build on my lot?
16. How do I determine the location of my house in relation to my property lines?
17. How high can I build a fence on my property?
18. What time will my building or plumbing inspection be?
19. Can I request a certain inspector for inspections?
20. What do I need for a final inspection?
21. How do I know if I live in a floodplain?
22. What is a flood construction level?
23. How can I get a copy of my house plans or a copy of the occupancy certificate?
24. What size of accessory building can I build?
25. There's a new development being built beside my house and I am worried about water coming onto my property. What can I do?
26. Why do I need a geotechnical engineer (for anything)?
27. How do I find out if a house I am purchasing has ever been used as a grow op?
28. What restrictions apply for building retaining walls?
29. Can I do my own plumbing on my property?
30. What is a Right of Way?
31. How can I find out about a Right of Way?
32. Where is my water, sanitary or storm connection?
33. What is a covenant?
34. What is an easement? An easement is an agreement between two private property owners whose properties adjoin.
35. How do I arrange for an easement?
36. How do I find any legal documents shown on the title on my property?