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​​​​​​​Building Division

The Building Division is responsible for the enforcement of the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code. This includes the issuance of building permits, and inspection of all newly constructed buildings. 

A building permit must be obtained from the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury before you begin most construction projects within the municipality.

By obtaining a permit, not only will you comply with the requirements of the Building Code Act, you will also benefit by having your plans and the actual construction of your project reviewed and approved as it progresses. These reviews and approvals are meant to ensure that the minimum construction standards established by the Ontario Building Code have been met to protect the health, safety and welfare of both inhabitants and users of buildings​​.​

 Info for Home Owners


The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s Building Division staff will issue permits and inspect properties, as quickly as possible - if you provide complete and accurate information.

  • Review all of the information we provide you.
  • We assign building inspectors to your file long before you have to register your plan.
  • Permit administrators provide general information or direct you to a building inspector for technical information. 

Note: Although considered a Residential Construction project, the construction of privacy fencing does not require the acquisition of a building permit.​

Permit Application Procedure

​Building permits are issued by the Town’s Building Division. Applications for permits must be made in person by the owner of the building or property, or by a representative who has written authorization to apply on the owner’s behalf. Every application must be complete, accompanied by prescribed plans and specifications and the applicable permit fee. 


1. Submission of the application

The Permit Application requires information about the construction project. You will be asked to document "who" will perform the work, and "what", "where", "when" and "how" the work will be done.

Two sets of Site Plans; Scaled Construction Drawings including a min. of floor plans, building elevations and building section; and any other applicable documentation (eg. Heat loss calculations, truss drawings, Tarion Declaration, etc of the proposed work will have to be submitted for review.

2. Zoning/Grading Review

The Town of BWG has zoning regulations for the use of land, the location, size, and height of the buildings as well as other matters such as parking and open space. Some of these regulations, such as how close to the lot line you can build, or how large your building can be, may conflict with your proposal.

You are responsible for finding out the applicable laws and take appropriate measures if they affect your proposal. Staff members will 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.

3. Compliance with the Ontario Building Code (OBC)

Your application will also be examined for compliance with the OBC which regulates:

  • Building occupancy;
  • Construction and material requirements for structural and fire safety;
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other building related requirements.
  • Other approvals.

You may need approval from other municipal departments (such as Development Engineering or Community Services), or from external agencies (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Ministry of Environment) before getting your permit. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all requirements are satisfied and that the Building Division receives any required approval notices. A permit application will not be reviewed until all requirements have been met.

4. Permit Issuance

When the application process is completed, and the total 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.

5. Required Inspections

The 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. Inspectors must be able to see the area of the building they are required to inspect. The person responsible for the construction project must request each inspection allowing 48 hours advance notice.

If a Building Official finds that some work does not conform to the approved plans, he or she will advise (and possibly provide written notice) that the situation is to be remedied. If the violation is serious, an order may be issued until the problem is resolved. Another inspection may be necessary before work is resumed.


​Prior to submission of a building permit application, the following items may be required to be approved and received. If you require help to determine if any of these approvals apply to you, please contact the Building Department for assistance. 

​Zoning By-Law Compliance
Compliance with the Town's Zoning By-law is required at the time of building permit application. If the application does not conform to the requirements of the Zoning by-law, you may seek relief in a form of a minor variance from the Committee of Adjustment.

Lot Grading Plan Approval
All lot grading plans must be pre-approved prior to submission for a building permit for the dwelling on the lot.

Site Plan Control
If your property is in an area subject to site plan control, you may have to submit an application for site plan approval to the Town's Planning Department. Site plan approval is applicable law and therefore required at the time of submission of building permit application.
Water Supply
Contact the BWG Water/Wastewater Department for information on connection to water services, or contact the Ministry of Environment for information on well approvals.​

Flood Plains and Watercourses
Conservation Authority approval is required for all properties located in or adjacent to fill regulated areas. Contact one or more of the following on the right for further information.

Provincial Highways
For construction projects including new entrances or alterations to existing entrances located within 45.72 meters (150 feet) of a Provincial Highway, a permit from the Ministry of Transportation is required at the time of building permit application.

Entrance Culverts
Town Roads - Approval from the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Transportation Department is required for an entrance culvert or approval of existing culvert on any Town road.
County Roads - Approval from the County of Simcoe for an entrance culvert.
Applicable Law
Resulting from recent changes to the Building Code the definition of applicable law has been replaced with a list of statutes and regulations. Building permit applicants must establish compliance with applicable law at the time of permit application submission.​

Building Permits and Common Projects

In general, you must obtain a building permit before you begin to erect, install, extend, alter, repair or demolish a building.

Click for a list of common projects and their required forms.

By obtaining a permit, not only will you comply with the requirements of the Building Code Act, you will also benefit by having your plans and the actual construction of your project reviewed and approved as it progresses. These reviews and approvals are meant to ensure that the minimum construction standards established by the Ontario Building Code have been met to protect the health, safety and welfare of both inhabitants and users of buildings.

NOTE: Although a building permit may not be required, you MUST still comply with the requirements of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Zoning By-Law.

Building By-law

This document is a by-law respecting construction, demolition, changes in use and inspections.

The Building By-law and Fee Schedule "A" are available in the Documents list at right.

Building Fees

The Fee Schedule outlines the cost of all building permit fee, with respect to By-law 2013-079. Cheques, credit cards and debit will be accepted by the Building Division as a means of payment for the acquisition of a permit.

In the Documents list at right is Fee Schedule "A" and a Building Permit Fees Calculation Form. The Links list includes a link to the Finance section on Development Charges in BWG.

Mandatory Inspections

All projects for which a Building Permit has been issued are required to be inspected at various stages of construction by an Inspector from the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Please book your inspection with a minimum of 48 hours notice; however, next day service is usually available.

The owner or permit holder must be present during all mandatory inspections. Site copy of approved permit drawings must be available during all inspections. If no person is present upon arrival of the inspector, then no inspection will be conducted.

Please be advised that the Town is committed to ensuring that all of our employees are provided with a healthy and safe work environment. Any job site found to contain unsafe conditions will receive no inspections from the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury until the unsafe conditions are corrected.

Note: The Town of BWG does not perform electrical inspections. Electrical inspections are performed by the Electrical Safety Authority.

Mandatory Inspection Requirements

1. Footings
Footings should be ready to pour. Cleaned of all foreign debris and loose material. Formwork secured in place including footing for fireplace.

2. Backfill (Foundation & Weepers)
Parging on concrete block to be completed. Damp-proofing of the foundation to be completed. Weeping tile to be covered with a minimum of 6" clear gravel. Drainage layer is to be installed (when required).

3. Exterior Drains/Supply
Water supply to be installed from house to road with all couplings installed. All exterior drains to be covered with gravel and a test T installed. Trenches to be constructed in accordance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and regulations.

4. Interior drains
All roughed-in drains under slab to be complete and leveled. Ball test will be required.

5. Plumbing Rough-In
All roughed-in waste and vent pipes to be inspected and water or air pressure tested. All roughed-in hot and cold water supply pipes to be inspected with an air pressure test.

6. H.V.A.C. Rough-In
All supply and air return ducting to be completed. All ventilation ducting to be completed for exhaust fans.

7. Framing
Plumbing and H.V.A.C. rough-ins must be approved prior to framing inspection all rough carpentry to be completed. Fire stopping to be completed on bulkheads, boxes, drop ceiling and cabinetry where possible.

8. Solid Fuel Burning Fireplace or Woodstove Rough-In
Rough-in of masonry hearth, smoke chamber and chimney to be completed. Factory-built fireplaces and woodstoves are to be installed, including chimneys and all enclosures to be framed, but not covered

9. Insulation and Vapour Barrier
All insulation to be completed. Vapour barrier to be completed. If blown ceiling insulation is used, the ceiling vapour barrier must also be installed. Fire stopping to be completed in bulkheads, boxes, cabinetry, drop ceilings, at top and bottom plate breeches (supply ducts and waste pipes), concealed spaces, and tubs. Exterior of building to be weather tight, including installation of roofing materials (i.e. shingles).

10. Sanitary Sewer Lateral Camera Inspection

Inspection by Engineering Services prior to occupancy inspection. Basement Floors poured (concrete). Proper access required such as permanent stairs and handrails. Cleanout must be free and clear of any debris. Water and Hydro must be available within the house for the Camera Operators. Sanitary Sewer Line must be flushed. Site super or designate to accompany the Inspector during the process.

11. Water Meter Inspection

To ensure the proper installation and function of water meter. For more information, please contact the Water Division.

12. Occupancy

Installations of all required guards and handrails, doors, lighting, interior finishes including floors, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Plumbing system completed and all fixtures installed. HVAC system completed and operating

Final Inspection

Final inspection is mandatory. This includes:

  • Exterior building envelope including flashing, caulking, roof and mechanical venting completed;
  • Deck guards, stairs and handrails installed and completed if part of original permit;
  • Foundation walls minimum 6" (150mm) above finished grade;
  • Downspouts complete with splashguards; and
  • Concrete stairs more than 2 risers and 2 treads supported on the foundation (wood stairs not in contact with the ground)

Fire Break Lots

Every seventh lot is required to be a Firebreak Lot;

Sewage System Mandatory Inspections

  • Readiness to Construct
    • Excavation of tile bed is complete
  • Completion of Tile Bed (prior to backfill)
    • Tank has been installed
    • All approved filter material (i.e. sand, gravel) has been installed
    • Distribution pipes have been installed and leveled
  • Completion of Sewage System
    • Sewage system to have final grading completed and vegetation to be present (can be completed at the time of occupancy) 
    • Alarms have been installed where required

Zoning Compliance

Passed under section 34 of the Provincial Planning Act and defined as applicable law by the Ontario Building Code, compliance with the Town's Zoning By-law, is required at the time of building permit application submission. If the application does not conform to the provisions of the Zoning by-law, relief may be sought in a form of a minor variance from the Committee of Adjustment.

For information on zoning requirements, please review the Town’s Zoning By-law​ or contact the Building Division.

Click for the Zoning Compliance Form.​