About Your House - Permits & By-Laws
When do you need a Building Permit?
When is a Building Permit NOT Required?
You want to do some type of home alteration, addition or replacement such as finishing a basement, building a deck, replacing a
furnace, adding a skylight, new windows/doors etc etc...but your not sure if you require a building permit?
Below you will find several municipalities or cites with their own requirements for a Building Permit. You should take some time to
review the requirements as well as the process for applying for the permit. This way if you plan on doing the work yourself or use a
contractor/specialist you will know what is required or not. The last thing you need is to find out that a permit was required and now
you have to start over...do your homework, be prepared!
So your looking to build a new fence, how tall can you make it?, maybe you have a pool which needs to be properly enclosed for
safety reasons. What is your responsibility?...Or you haven't cut your grass in a long time, did you know there is a by-law in
Toronto (chapter 489) for the maximum height?. Then you need to understand your specific municipal/city by-laws. Each
municipality or city will have a specific by-law which will spell out what you can and cannot do and what the failure to comply will be.
A by-law is a municipal law passed under the authority of a Provincial Act. By-laws are the laws that govern Towns, Cities and
Villages. The majority of municipal by-laws are passed under the authority of the Municipal Act, Building Code Act and Planning
You should get to know your cities specific services, operations and the legal rules from: Animal Control, Fence Construction,
Noise Control, Signs, Property Standards, Parking, Pools, Debris and the list goes on. Do your research!!