City building inspectors conduct inspections for the levels of construction outlined on the issued building permits. For complex projects and some minor projects a schedule of inspections may be required to be arranged with the inspector.
Inspections are conducted to ensure a project is meeting the standards of the Ontario Building Code and the building plans submitted and approved when the permit was issued.
If inspectors find work does not conform to the reviewed plans, they will advise you and may send a notice asking that the situation be remedied. Another inspection may be required before work can resume. If work continues without resolving the problem, you could be subject to legal action.
City HVAC (heating, ventilating, air-conditiong and exhaust) inspectors conduct inspections at the stages of construction outlined on the issued building or HVAC only permit. These inspections are carried out on all installations of new or retrofitted HVAC systems to ensure that the work meets the standards of the Ontario Building Code, as well as the plans submitted and approved when the permit was issued.
In some cases, multiple inspections may be required due to the complexity of the project and the requirement to inspect and accept the installation prior to it being covered, e.g. drywall, ceiling tiles, concrete, etc.
Should the inspector determine that the work does not conform to the Ontario Building Code, you will be advised to correct the deficiencies before work is resumed. In most cases, another inspection will be required to verify that the corrections have been made. Should work continue without correcting the deficiencies, you could be subject to legal action.
The City plumbing inspectors conduct inspections at the stages of construction outlined on the Building and/or Plumbing Only permit. Typically these inspections occur before newly installed (or rearranged) drainage piping and or water piping are covered (buried, in concrete floors or in walls) and then again after all of the fixtures have been installed.
The purpose of the inspections is to ensure compliance with the plumbing regulations of the Ontario Building Code. The inspectors check for the slope of drains, that all venting requirements are met as well as finding any possible locations where potable water could be contaminated in a backflow situation.
If the inspector finds an installation that does not conform to the plumbing regulations you (or the plumber) will be advised and corrections shall be made before work continues. If work continues without resolving the problem legal action against you will be started.
Fire Department inspectors conduct fire and life safety inspections for compliance with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Fire Code and the Ontario Building code, among other relevant legislation. These inspections include both new and existing buildings of any size or type within the City of St. Catharines and can be initiated through complaint, request, building permit process or other circumstances.
In the case of new buildings or building permits, the Fire Prevention Division conducts inspections in regards to Fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, emergency lighting, exit signs, fire extinguishers, kitchen suppression systems, among others. These inspections are conducted as part of the building permit process and are initiated by contacting the building division as it appears on your permit.
For existing buildings, this division conducts fire inspections for compliance with the Ontario Fire Code which may include fire code retrofit, the maintenance of a buildings life safety systems and equipment or other life safety issues in relation to fire. To request a fire inspection contact the fire prevention office at 905-688-5601 ext. 4224.
It is the responsibility of the owner, or his / her agent, to call for and schedule all required inspections during the stages of project construction.
To arrange an inspection, please call our office at least 48 hours in advance to schedule the date for the inspector to visit your project.