Residential additions require a building permit. An addition to your home can include a sunroom, family room, bedroom, porches, dormers or second storey addition, etc. If you are finishing your basement, a permit is required.
A residential renovation or alteration to your home can include enlarging a window or door opening, skylights, patio doors, adding or removing a wall or finishing your basement, etc.
If the renovations / alterations include a washroom or alterations to existing plumbing fixtures, a plumbing permit may be required.
Two sets of complete construction drawings, drawn to scale, must accompany all applications for permits.
When a permit has been issued, City building inspectors conduct inspections for the levels of construction outlined on the issued permit. However, for complex projects and some minor projects, a schedule of inspections may need to be arranged with the local inspector.
Inspections, depending on the construction being done, may include some or all of the following stages: footings prior to pouring concrete, foundations prior to backfilling, framing, insulation, final/occupancy, HVAC rough-in, sewer and water rough-in, plumbing rough-in.
It is the responsibility of the homeowner, or his or her agent, to call for inspections during certain stages of project construction.
To arrange an inspection, please contact the Planning and Building Services department at least 48 hours in advance to schedule the date for the inspector to visit your project.
For building fees, visit the Planning and Building Services Fees page