To apply for a building permit, the owner of the building/property (or a representative with written authorization) must visit the Town's Building Division IN PERSON. Applications will not be accepted until they are complete, accompanied by prescribed plans and specifications, and the applicable permit fee is paid. We require approximately 10 business days to process each permit application.
Please call or visit us in advance in your require advice on successfully completing your application.
Here is a breakdown of the approval process:
1. Complete and submit your application
Complete a Building/Demolition Permit Application, describing the project including who will perform the work and what, where, when and how the work will be done.
You must include two sets of site plans for review as well as scaled construction drawings - including a minimum of floor plans, building elevations and building section. Review the list of projects that require permits to see if any additional documentation is required.
You may also need approval from other municipal departments or from external agencies before getting your permit. See the section on this page called 'Do you need other approvals?' for more details. A permit application will not be reviewed until all requirements have been met.
2. Consider zoning and grading regulations
Before you submit your application you must ensure that your proposed work complies with the provisions of the Town of BWG Zoning By-law (see link at right).
Some regulations (such as how close to the lot line you can build or how large your building can be) may conflict with your proposal. If this is the case, you may adjust your plan or you may apply to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance.
Staff members can advise you on the zoning regulations for your property if you provide sufficient information about the site and your proposal, such as an updated survey and a site plan. Click for a Zoning Compliance Form.
3. Application is reviewed
Your application will be examined for completeness and for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, which regulates things like:
- building occupancy
- construction and material requirements for structural and fire safety
- heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other building related requirements
4. Permit is issued
When the application process is completed and all fees and charges are paid, you will get the appropriate permit. Construction and/or demolition may then begin. While work is being done, the permit must be posted in a conspicuous location on site. The plans and/or specifications reviewed by the Building Division must also be kept on site. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the Building Department.
A building inspector will check your project at key stages during construction. The inspector's responsibility is to ensure that the work is carried out in accordance with the Building Code requirements and your reviewed plans.
Before you begin work, contact the Building Division and confirm that inspections will be required. See the section on this page called 'What inspections will I need?' for more details.