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Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
Image of tape measure and drawing plans for building permitA building permit is your formal permission to begin construction. It means that plans for any new structure, addition or renovation have been reviewed by the township for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, the local zoning bylaws and any other applicable laws and regulations.

Read about Building Permits in Section 8 of the Citizen's Guide to Land-use Planning prepared by the Province of Ontario for more information.

When is a Building Permit Required?

The Ontario Building Code Act requires a building permit when a person constructs or demolishes a building or causes a building to be constructed or demolished.

A building is defined as:

  • a structure occupying an area greater than 10 sq.m. (108 sq.ft.) consisting of a wall, roof and floor or any of them or a structural system serving the function thereof including all plumbing, works, fixtures, and service systems appurtenant thereto,
  • a structure occupying an area of 10 sq.m. or less that contains plumbing, including the plumbing appurtenant thereto,
  • plumbing not located in a structure
  • a sewage system
  • structures designated in the building code

Before starting construction, check your project to see if you need a building permit.

Building Permit Application

If your project requires a building permit, you must submit an application to the Township Office. Find the Building Permit Application on the Application Forms page. Applicable fees are listed in the Fee Schedule.

Building Inspections

Building inspections are required during the course of construction of your project to ensure that all work is done in accordance with the Ontario Building Code, the local zoning bylaws and any other applicable laws and regulations.  Inspection stages are outlined on your building permit document provided to you at the time the permit is issued.

It is the responsibility of the applicant (owner or authorized agent of owner) to ensure that they or their contractor contact the Township to request an inspection at the readiness for an inspection or upon the substantial completion of a stage of construction as set out in the Ontario Building Code. Contact the Township Office to book your building inspection. Please provide 24 hours notice.

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