Building Permits

Building Permits

**NEW** Electronic Permit Submission

All applications (forms, drawings and related documents) shall be submitted electronically in PDF format via email to:  Refer to "Electronic Submission Requirements" here for more information or staff in Building Services will be pleased to assist.

Projects That Require a Building Permit

Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction of a new building, an addition, or alteration of any building or structure with a building area of over 10 square metres (approximately 108 square feet). The following are examples of (not limited to) projects requiring a building permit:

 A Deck that is:

  • adjacent to or attached to the house and its walking surface is more than 600mm (24") above the adjacent grade.
  • elevated and providing principal access to a building.
  • independent from the house and has a walking surface greater than 10m2 (108ft2) in area and its walking surface is more than 600mm (24") above the adjacent grade.

Attached or detached garages and sheds

Installation of solid fuel appliances (woodstoves and wood burning fireplaces)

Sunrooms, solariums and porches

Structural foundation repairs, installation of new or repair of weeping tile

Interior and/or exterior structural alterations, such as:

  • adding or removing walls
  • one or two storey additions
  • adding new windows (where none existed before)
  • enlarging or relocating a window or a door
  • finishing a basement
  • adding a bedroom in a finished basement
Adding new plumbing (drains, waste or vents)
Installing a backflow prevention device
A new private on-site sewage system (septic system)
Repair or replace a septic system
Repair or replace a septic system leaching bed
Class 5 Sewage Systems (where permitted in The Blue Mountains)
Connection from a private septic system to a municipal sewer
Decommissioning a septic tank
Storm or grey water systems
Structures used in the support of a wind turbine generator with a rated output of more than 3kW
Solar projects such as solar collector systems and solar hot water systems
Livestock buildings
Equipments storage buildings
Manure storage structures (excluding earthern structures)
Riding Arena
Fabric type structures
Change of Use (i.e. office to retail)

Projects That DO NOT Require a Building Permit

  • Replacing or installing asphalt shingles on a roof
  • Minor roof sheathing repairs
  • Repointing brick veneer
  • Dampproofing of a basement
  • Replacing siding on a house
  • Replacing a window or a door (as long as same size or smaller opening)
  • Kitchen or bathroom cabinets
  • New flooring
  • Installing air conditioning units
  • Replacing an existing furnace
  • Fences (not enclosing a pool) See TBM Pool Fence By-law 2013-14
  • Pool heaters
  • Painting or decorating
  • Landscaping (TBM Muncipal Works or Entrance Permit may be required)
NOTE: although a building permit may not be required, your project must comply with any other applicable law such the Zoning By-law.

Building Application Process

Once a complete building application is received by Building Services, and all required documents have been received in proper order, our Staff will review an application according to the following Ontario Building Code Act mandated timelines:

  • 10 business days for a residental building permit application;
  • 15 business days for a small commercial building permit application; and
  • 30 business days for a large commercial building permit application.

We are mandated by the province to communicate to the applicant, in writing, why we can or cannot issue a building permit.

Please see our Downloads Section on the right-hand side of this page for more information regarding building permits, fees and the building permit process.

The current YTD Permit Statistics are available to download from the "Statistics & Notices" page.

Keeping the Construction Site Safe

The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace. Its main purpose is to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job. The Act establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards, and it provides for enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily.

The Construction Site must be kept safe for your employees, as well as our Inspectors.  For more information on what you need to know to keep your construction site safe, please click on the Occupational Health and Safety Act link on the right hand side of the page.

To view the Town of The Blue Mountains Policy "Safe Operating Procedures for Building Officials" please click on the document link on the right hand side of the page.

Building Permits


Building Permit and Inspection Inquiries

Building Permit/Inspection Inquiries
519-599-3131 x239



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