Building Department

The Building department is responsible for administering permit applications, issuance and inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code, as well as other applicable laws and regulations to ensure the standards for construction are consistent throughout the Province. Our goal is to provide efficient service in administering the Ontario Building Code and various municipal by-laws and programs. In addition to building permits, the Building department is also responsible for the inspections of properties as set out in the Property Standards By-law 2010-03.

What is a Building Permit?
A building permit is a license which grants legal permission to start construction of a project. It means that the Township of Cramahe has approved plans for any new structure, renovation, or addition. Approved plans must comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning by-laws, and other applicable laws and regulations.
 What Projects Need a Building Permit?

The Building Code Act requires a building permit for the construction of any structure, which results in a building area of over 10 m² (107 ft²) including additions, alterations, and renovations, and includes plumbing not located in a structure and other designated structures. The following is a partial list of typical projects requiring a building permit:


What projects need a building permit?

- Decks 24 in+ above grade

- Dormers or finishing of attic spaces

- Interior structural alterations

- Carports

- New fireplaces or woodstoves 

- Finishing basements

- Retaining walls > 1m

- Plumbing and/or drains

- Excavate basements or construct foundations

- Sunrooms

- New or alterations (increasing opening size) to windows or doors

- Porches/balconies

- Repair existing or installing new septic systems, tanks and/or beds

- Adding or removing walls

- Attached or detached garages or sheds

- Change of a building

- Demolition of all or a portion of a building

- Conversion from septic to sewer

- Installation or repair of storm, sanitary or water service


 Who is Responsible?
Often the contractor will, as part of their contract, apply and obtain a building permit. Ultimately the property owner is responsible for works commenced/completed on the property. Any person found constructing or demolishing a building or causing the construction or demolition without a permit could be fined.
 How Do I Apply for a Building Permit?
 For the steps required to apply for a permit, please go to our Building Permit Application Form 
 What Projects Do Not Require a Building Permit?
 Building Permit Fee Schedule
 Development Charges
 Fines (Building Without Permits)
 Do you need a building permit?
Building permits regulate the type of construction allowed in our community, and ensure that building standards are met. The objective of a permit is to protect the homeowner and community by ensuring the structure is safe, sound and legal. Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a permit is required for the following projects under 108 square feet:
  • Construct a new building
  • Renovate, repair or add to an existing 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 change the size of, doors and windows
  • Build a garage, balcony or deck – or to enclose an existing deck
  • Build a utility shed over 108 square feet.
  • Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • Install or modify any life safety or fire suppression systems such as fire alarms, sprinkler or standpipe or fixed extinguishing systems
  • Install or modify plumbing, fireplaces, fireplace inserts and wood stoves
  • Install kitchen or bathroom cupboards with plumbing
  • Reconstruct a chimney
  • Build a deck that is over two feet (0.61 meters) in height above ground level and that is attached to the building
  • Erect signage
  • To finish a basement or to convert a room into a bedroom
 What if I am caught without a permit?
It is an unlawful violation under the Building Code Act to carry out work for which a Building Permit is required without the necessary permits. The individual can be found guilty of an offence under the Ontario Building Code Act of 1992 (Building without a permit) and charged for the work that has already been done. The fine for an individual on the first offence can range from $50,000 to $100,000. A Corporation can be fined between $100,000 and $200,000 for a first offence. If you are caught without a building permit and plan on continuing to build, you will be required to obtain a permit from the office. The fees for the permit will double in this case. 

Before you get started you should contact your Building Official to see if there are any building or zoning requirements you have to meet. For building applications and forms, please see our Applications, Licenses and Permits page.
 A Homeowner's Guide to Building Permits
If you are looking for more information on Building Permits, including inspections, requirements and occupancy permits please look at our Homeowner's Guide to Building Permits.