Building Permit Requirements

Building Permits 

To start the Building Permit Process you must complete a Building Permit Application and submit it via email. You can also obtain a paper copy from the Municipal Office or call us if you would like to have one mailed to you. 

Typically, a complete submission should include: 

  • Completed Building Permit Application form.
  • Schedule 1 – Designer Information (Homeowners may be exempt from these designer requirements. Please contact the Building Controls Department if you are unsure if this applies to your project).
  • Schedule 2 – Sewage System Installer Information (If applicable).
  • 2 sets of all plans and specifications, with an architect's/engineer's seal or BCIN from a qualified designer (Please contact the Building Controls Department if you are unsure if this applies to your project).
  • Site/Plot Plan which shows the proposed/existing location of the structure in relation to your property.
  • Permit fees to be paid at the time of application. 
  • Additional items may be required (As determined by the Chief Building Official at the time of application).

 

SITE PLAN  (Click here to see an example)

A site plan is required for any new buildings, additions or accessory buildings.  A site plan should be drawn and contain the following:

  • Title and scale
  • Legal description of property
  • Road name
  • North Arrow
  • Property lines with dimensions
  • Setbacks (distance) to all property lines from all existing and proposed structures**
  • Proposed construction (Shaded or cross hatched)
  • Overall building dimensions, lot coverage, new and existing building areas of all buildings
  • Right-of-way easements (Hydro, etc)

  

BUILDING PLANS OR DRAWINGS

Drawings are required for all new buildings, additions, accessory buildings and structural alterations. Two sets of drawings are usually required, and once approved, one set will be returned to the owner. This returned set of drawings must be kept on the construction site at all times.  Measurements may be in imperial or metric.  Plans vary depending on the type of construction but typically include:


FOUNDATION/BASEMENT PLAN (Click here to see an example)

  • All dimensions indicated
  • Size and location of beams
  • Bearing walls or support columns
  • Footings (Spot/pad, pier, continuous)
  • Foundation type (Concrete block, poured concrete, wood, etc.)
  • Foundation thickness
  • Size and type of floor Joists, spans and centers
  • Stair location(s) and framing

 

FLOOR PLAN (Click here to see an example) 

  • Title and scale
  • Use of rooms and spaces
  • Extent of new construction including new work within an existing building
  • Size, type and location of exterior and interior walls and partitions
  • Width, locations and lintel (header) sizes of all openings
  •  Location, dimension and direction of stairs
  • Size, type, spacing and location of structural members
  • Sectional arrow (example)
  • References to detailed drawings
  • Material specifications or notes

 

BUILDING CROSS SECTION (Click here to see an example)

  • Title and scale
  • Size and type of footings and foundation walls
  • Roof and ceiling construction, roof slope
  • Grade
  • Distance from grade to floor and underside of footing
  • Exterior and interior wall construction
  • Floor construction
  • Attic and crawl space ventilation

 

ELEVATIONS (Click here to see an example)

  • Title and scale
  • Extent of new and existing construction
  • Grade level
  • Roof shape, slope and finish
  • Exterior wall cladding, finishes and flashing(s)
  • Vertical dimensions of walls, windows and doors
  • Overhand dimensions
  • Rain water leader and eavestrough
  • Overall height of structure (Halfway up the peak of the roof)