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.