Building & Development

Construction person in framed house with blueprintThe Building Official is responsible for the administration and enforcement of various Provincial legislation and policies including the Ontario Building Code Act and Planning Act as they apply to buildings, structures and their occupancy as well as numerous municipal by-laws such as the  Township Building By-law, Zoning By-law and Site Plan Control By-law.

The Building Department is responsible for the review of construction projects for compliance with various municipal by-laws and provincial regulations and the issuance of permits within the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock. The department is also responsible for complaints regarding property standards and zoning. Other functions which are performed under this department are as follows; field inspections of all stages of new construction, legal response for clearance for zoning and building violations, processing and reviewing site plan control applications, commenting to the Oxford County Plan Department on applications for variance, consent and subdivision approvals, and also for the review and approval of non-provincial Nutrient Management Plans.

It is recommended that the building permit application process be started well ahead of the construction schedule in order to avoid untimely delays. Read more about building permits.

For any inquiries or comments about any services provided by the Building Department, please contact the Chief Building Official.  If you require a Building Permit Application Form please visit the Application Forms page.  If your development requires an architect and/or engineer, the Commitment to General Reviews by Architect and Engineers Form must also be completed.
For more questions and answers, view the Frequently Asked Questions page.

More policies and by-laws can be found in the Policies & By-Laws page, where the most frequently requested documents are stored. The complete list of By-Laws is found at the By-Law Register.


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