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Introduction to Building Permits Permit Regulations Application TypesAs a property owner in the City of Toronto, you may want to As part of the review process, your plans will be reviewed Complete Applicationsmake some alterations to your home or business. Whatever for compliance with the following regulations: This stream is for building permit applications that arechanges you are planning, chances are that you will need • Ontario Building Code deemed to be complete. A building permit application isto get one or more permits from Toronto Building. • Local Zoning Bylaw(s) considered complete when:Almost all construction, renovations, alterations and demo- • Other Applicable Law(s) • The permit application form has been completed.litions require a building permit. The process begins when • The application is signed by the owner of the property oryou submit a completed application form together with the The Ontario Building Code the authorized agent of the owner.supporting documents and applicable fees. Your building plans must demonstrate that the proposed construction complies with all of the requirements of the • All attachments are submitted with the application.Building Permits – What are they? Ontario Building Code. • The application is accompanied by two sets of plans andA building permit is your formal permission to begin the The Ontario Building Code is a set of minimum provisions specifications.construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your regarding the safety of buildings: • Confirmation that all Applicable Law has been satisfied*.property. • Health and Safety • Fire protection • All fees have been paid.Building permits regulate the type of construction allowedin a community and ensure that minimum building stan- • Structural sufficiency The Building Code specifies the following time frames fordards are met. The building permit process protects the • Construction materials the review of complete building permit applications:owner’s interests and those of the community at large, and • Plumbing and Mechanical systems • 10 business days for a househelps to ensure that any new construction is appropriateand safe. Local Zoning By-law(s) • 15 business days for a small building A Zoning Bylaw sets out rules governing land use and the • 20 business days for a large buildingAs part of the building permit process, Toronto Building placement of buildings on a lot. It states exactly:staff must review your plans to ensure that they comply • 30 business days for a complex building • Land and building useswith the Ontario Building Code, local Zoning By-laws, and • Building size or density Within the specified time frame, we will either issue orother Applicable Law. • Location of buildings and other structures on a lot refuse to issue a building permit and provide in writing all • Minimum lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, reasons for the refusal.Building Permits – When do I need one? and building heightYou will need a building permit if you plan to: * It is strongly recommended that you submit an applica-• Construct a new building tion for a Preliminary Project Review (PPR) or a Pre- Other Applicable Law Application Applicable Law Review (PAL) prior to submit-• Renovate, repair or add to an existing building The Ontario Building Code also lists other laws which are ting an application in this stream. Applications in this• Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building applicable to construction of your building. These include: stream that do not comply with Applicable Law will be sub-• Change the use of a building • Conservation Authorities Act ject to a re-examination fee equal to 25% of the permit fee.• Install, change, or remove partitions and load bearing • Planning Act walls Incomplete Applications • Environmental Protection Act• Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and This stream is for permit applications where there is • Ontario Heritage Act windows uncertainty that the project complies with all building• Build a garage, balcony or deck More information and full list of applicable laws is available regulations.• Excavate a basement or construct a foundation in the Ontario Building Code. There is no time frame for review of this stream of permits• Install or modify heating, plumbing or air-conditioning and no re-examination fee. systems• Install or reconstruct chimneys or fireplacesIn many cases your designer or contractor will obtainpermits on your behalf; however, as the building owner youare ultimately responsible for complying with all buildingpermit requirements.