A building permit must be obtained from the Township of Oro-Medonte before you begin most construction projects within the municipality. By obtaining a permit, not only will you comply with the requirements of the Building Code Act, you will also benefit by having your plans and the actual construction of your project reviewed and approved as it progresses. These reviews and approvals are meant to ensure that the minimum construction standards established by the Ontario Building Code have been met to protect the health, safety and welfare of both inhabitants and users of buildings.
When is a Building Permit Required?
In general, a building permit is required to erect, install, extend, alter, repair or demolish a building. The following are examples of projects that require building permits:
- Construction of a new home
- Addition of a carport, garage, porch or room(s) to an existing home
- Construction or finishing of rooms in the basement or attic
- Any structural work, including alterations to interior partitions or the installation of new skylights, windows or doors
- Enclosing a porch or deck including an unheated sun room
- Constructing or installing detached accessory buildings such as a garage, shed, or playhouse larger than 10 m2 (107 ft2)
- Installation of wood burning or solid fuel burning appliances (i.e. fireplaces)
- Replacing or installing new plumbing, including repair or installation of an on-site sewage system
Decks that DON’T require a Building Permit or Zoning Certificate include:
- Decks less than 23 5/8” (600mm) in height from walking surface to grade when measured in accordance with the Ontario Building Code requirements,
- Decks not providing access to the principal entrance, AND
- Decks not structurally connected to a building.
NOTE: Although a building permit may not be required, you MUST still comply with the requirements of the Township of Oro-Medonte Zoning By-Law.