The Building Division is responsible for the enforcement of the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code. This includes the issuance of building permits, and inspection of all newly constructed buildings.
Building Permit Submissions:
To ensure the Development Services Department is providing the best customer service to the public the following must be completed in sequence.
Planning First & Pre-submission
- Contact the Planning Division to submit a Zoning Certificate application along with the required drawings in order to obtain a
Zoning Certificate. The Planning Division will inform you of the requirements for approvals from engineered lot grading & applicable deposit, MTO, conservation authorities or other applicable law.
- Obtain all required permit approvals from the above authorities.
Complete Permit Submission
- Submit a completed building permit application along with all required drawings, engineered details and all certificates and approvals from any outside authorities including a Zoning Certificate.
Note: Only applications with all required drawings, engineering and related approvals will be accepted. If you are missing information your application will be refused at the counter. By submitting a complete application it will allow for processing within Ministry timeframe. All permit fees shall be paid at permit submission. For additional questions, contact Planning or Building Division staff.
Notice to Residential Stakeholders
New Ontario Building Code Changes effective January 1st, 2017
Drain Water Heat Recovery Units (DWHR) conforming to CSA B 55.1 and B 55.2
DWHR units are required under the new OBC requirements 188.8.131.52 SB-12 effective January 1st, 2017.
The intent of the OBC requirement is to install DWHR on shower drains where space permits.
The manufacturers of DWHR require that the unit be installed in a VERTICAL orientation.
It also requires 63 inches of continuous drain pipe based on the recommended 60 inch unit.
Certain homes with septic systems will not have this required 63 inches of vertical continuous drain pipe in basements.
Homes built in the Township of Oro-Medonte are predominantly built with septic systems.
The following policy will apply for the installation of DWHR based on where space permits:
- 2 storey homes with showers on 2nd floor.
- All homes with walkout basements with showers on main or 2nd floors.
DWHR not required:
- Bungalows without walkout basements with showers on main floor.
Any homes that do not fall within the above noted examples will be considered on a case by case basis by the Chief Building Official or Designate.
Township policy for DWHR installation may be amended at any time due to OBC amendments.