Building permits give legal permission to construct, demolish or renovate on a property. Constructing without a building permit may result in construction delays and the removal of work completed.
Building Permit Application Documents
The following list contains links to the various building permit application documents and checklists. Please use the links as guides to assist in better understanding the requirements for submitting a complete building permit application. You may also refer to the Municipal Building By-law which provides detailed operational and procedural requirements and also includes a detailed building permit fee schedule.
In addition to application documents required by the Town, approvals from other Agencies may be required in many instances before a building permit application can be processed. Please ensure all other required approvals are complete.
How to Apply
Permit submissions must include the BCIN holder or Architect or Engineer, to stamp the Engineered Flooring layout(s) and Truss Layout to acknowledge that they have reviewed the documentation in coordination with the proposed permit drawings. Please review the list below indicating all the information required for submission:
- truss layout to be stamped by the BCIN holder/Engineer/Architect;
- engineered flooring layout to be stamped by the BCIN holder/Engineer/Architect;
- truss and flooring layouts are to note the size and type of any required hangers;
- truss and flooring layouts are to note bearing for any multi-ply flooring members and any 2-ply (and greater) girder trusses;
- the requirement for these changes will take effect September 1, 2021;
- individual truss details, stamped by a professional engineer, will continue to be accepted by the Building Department not less than 10 days prior to a framing inspection. The individual truss details are not required to be submitted at the time of permit application;
- all building permit applications and related documents shall be submitted in a “Portable Document Format”, also known as Adobe Acrobat or PDF (version seven or higher);
- all documents within the entire building permit application package must open without a password, and be enabled to print in high resolution, enabled for searching contents, enabled to have notes and stamps provided, and be accessible for the visually impaired;
- all Building Services forms are available on the Permits page of the Town’s website in fillable PDF format. They must be completed and signed (hand signature or electronic/digital signature accepted);
- submissions with multiple pages or sets may be sent in individual files if the file size is too large;
- commercial projects shall have Mechanical (HVAC and Plumbing), Electrical/Emergency lighting/fire alarm, sprinkler and other fire safety systems to be submitted as part of the building permit set;
- shoring and Foundation and other structural plans/drawings set are to be included as part of the building set; and
- fire schematic layout, including floor plans and cross-section(s) including fire-resistance rating and fire separations as required by the Ontario Building Code, shall be included with the building set.
To maintain the quality of permit records, drawings shall not be submitted via fax. For security reasons, submissions by USB, flash media or file-sharing services (i.e., Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.) are not accepted. Building Services will provide a secure link to upload your documents and files. Submit permit applications and files using the Town's secure SHARE FILE system.
When a permit submission is received by Building Services, a permit file name is created. Building Services will review it for completion. An email will be sent to the applicant acknowledging the submission and providing the building permit file number, which is to be used for all future correspondence. This will be followed by an email after permit review (see below) stating any outstanding documents if the submission is not deemed to be complete.
Once the Plans Examiner has completed a review of the permit submission, building permit fees, any concerns, or outstanding information required will be sent to the applicant via email.
After approval and payment of fees for an electronically submitted application and issuance of the permit by Building Services, you will receive your Reviewed Drawing Set electronically via email. Please print a set of all approved drawings or specifications (in colour) and ensure this reviewed drawing set is available to the inspector on-site for every inspection.
Where a submission is being made to address a deficiency identified by a Building Inspector/Examiner, an electronic copy of the revised plans shall be submitted with the changes clearly labelled with revisions noted. A fee for revisions may be applicable as per Building By-Law #2014-18.
Further Building Permit Information
Once a complete application including supporting documentation is received, Building Services staff will review and communicate with the applicant following Ontario Building Code Act mandated timelines:
- 10 business days for a residential building permit application;
- 15 business days for a small commercial building permit application; and
- 30 business days for a large commercial building permit application.
The following projects do not require a building permit to be completed:
- minor roof sheathing repairs;
- damp-proofing a basement;
- replacing siding on a house;
- replacing a window or a door of the same or smaller size;
- kitchen or bathroom cabinets;
- fences not enclosing a pool. For pool enclosures, see Pool Fence By-law 2002-8;
- landscaping (a Town Municipal Works or Entrance Permit may be required).
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 15 square metres (approximately 161 square feet). The following are examples of, but are not limited to, projects requiring a building permit:
- Decks that are:
- adjacent, or attached to the house and its walking surface is more than 600 millimetres (24 inches) above the adjacent grade;
- elevated and providing principal access to a building; and/or
- independent from the house and has a walking surface greater than 10 square metres (108 square feet) and its walking surface is more than 600 millimetres (24 inches) 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/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); and
- installing a backflow prevention device.
- A new private on-site sewage (septic) system;
- Repairing or replacing a septic system;
- Repairing or replacing a septic system leaching bed;
- Class five Sewage Systems (where permitted in The Blue Mountains);
- Connection from a private septic system to a municipal sewer;
- Decommissioning a septic tank;
- Storm or greywater systems;
- Structures used in the support of a wind turbine generator with a rated output of more than three kW;
- Solar projects such as solar collector systems and solar hot water systems;
- Livestock buildings;
- Equipment storage buildings;
- Manure storage structures (excluding earthen structures);
- Riding arena;
- Fabric type structures;
- Demolition; and
- Change of use (e.g., office to retail).
- Decks that are:
The following payment options are accepted for Building Permits:
- Cash, cheque or debit at Town Hall;
- Cheque or courier to 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Attn: Building Services;
- Credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) for amounts totalling $2000 or less. Credit card payment can be processed by phone or at Town Hall, Building Counter, 2nd floor.
- County of Grey
- Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Grey Bruce Health Services
- Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
- Niagara Escarpment Commission
- Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
- Ministry of Transportation
- Electrical Safety Authority
- Adding a Second Unit in Your House
A second unit is a self-contained dwelling unit with a private kitchen, bathroom facilities and sleeping areas. It can be located in your house or on your property, above a laneway garage or in a coach house. This document generally applies to Building Code requirements for second units in houses, and not for second units in garages or coach houses, though some of the same rules apply.This document fulfills a commitment made in Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan to provide homeowners with a user-friendly guide and checklist to help you build legal second units.
- 2023 Building Newsletter from the Town of the Blue Mountains
- 2021 Updated Building Permit Submission Requirements
- Required Forms and Documentation
- Accessory Apartment Units Building Permit & Approval Guide
- Secondary Suite Standard Practice
- Applicable Law
- Application to Construct or Demolish
- Climatic Data
- Decommissioning Septic Tanks
- Owner's Authorization Form
- Property Information Report
- Request for Access to Building Permit Records
- Requirements for Mechanical Ventilation Design & Proprietary Floor System Layouts
- Sewer Connection Permit Application
- Shipping Containers Fact Sheet
- Site Alteration Fill Permit Application
- Typical Floating Slab Foundation Plan
- Water Connection Permit Application
By-law No. 2002 – 78, AS AMENDED
*Office Consolidation- Amended by By-law Nos. 2004-95, 2004-103 and 2007-100)
Being a By-law to prohibit or regulate the placing or dumping of fill, and/or the alteration of the grade of land, in areas of the Town of The Blue Mountains.