What is a building Permit?
A building permit is the expressed permission of a municipality to start construction of a building project in compliance with the building code and act.
What Construction Projects Need Building Permits?
You must obtain a building permit before you do any of the following:
- Construct a new building over 10 square metres (107 sq. ft.)
- Install a swimming pool
- Renovate, repair or add to a building
- Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building
- Change a building's use
- Install, change or remove partitions and load-bearing walls
- Make new openings for, or replace doors and windows (exception of replacing existing doors and windows of the same size)
- Build a garage, balcony or deck or enclose an existing deck
- Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
- Install or modify any life safety or fire suppression system such as fire alarms, sprinkler or standpipe or fixed extinguishing systems.
- Install or modify heating, plumbing, and air conditioning systems, fireplaces, fireplace inserts and woodstoves
- Install or renovate plumbing
- Construct or reconstruct a chimney
- Finish a basement or convert a room to a bedroom
- Build a retaining wall or fence
- Install sofit and facia or siding
- Install eavestroughs
- Damp-proof basements
- Erect temporary buildings (incl. tents over 30 square metres)
NOTE: Regardless of the need to obtain a building permit, remember you still must comply with zoning requirements. (e.g.. 106 ft2 shed would still need to meet the minimum setback requirement - Check with Planning)
You do not require a building permit to:
- Build a building under 108 sq.ft. (10 sq.m.), but must conform to the zoning setbacks
- Reshingle a roof, provided there is no structural work
- Paint or decorate, including interior finishes, but excluding insulation
- Reinstall/replace kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing
- Landscape or resurface/construct sidewalks and driveways
Why do I need a building permit?
A building permit is a means to regulate developments in the community to meet health, fire, structural and general safety standards to protect individuals and the community as a whole. It is illegal to start work without a permit. Anyone who starts work without a building permit is in contravention of municipal by-law and the Ontario Building Code Act and is; therefore, subject to financial and legal consequences.
In order to build on property within the confines of the City of Elliot Lake, a building permit is necessary.
Click the links below to download the associated PDF document.
When the form is filled out, return it to the Buildings and By-laws Department at City Hall:
45 Hillside Drive North
Elliot Lake ON
or email it to the Buildings department here.
For more information on the Building Permit process including timelines and documents required, click here.