Toronto Building Permits FAQ: What You Need To Know

Toronto Building Permits FAQ: What You Need To Know

When you are trying to start a new build or big renovation project, you will need to make sure that you have a building permit. This system is in place to ensure that any building/remodeling done is being executed in a safe manner that doesn’t overstep anyone else’s private property. It is considered a legal necessity before you begin any project that involves a lot of work. This process can also become difficult without the help of a home builder who can adhere to all of the necessary rules and regulations. 

Here at iRemodel Home Renovations, we will go into detail about the certain types of projects that require a building permit, as well as any of the city requirements and rules you need to know about.

What Types Of Projects Need One?

A permit is often required for a wide number of different projects, but the most common ones are listed below.

Basement Construction When The Project Involves:

  • Modifying/Installing heat/hydro
  • Rebuilding an existing foundation
  • Underpinning
  • Building an entrance to the basement
  • Any adjustments to the foundation of the house

Adjustments To Your Home Including:

  • Placing windows and doors in new locations throughout the home
  • Building/tearing down interior walls
  • Enclosing a deck/patio area

Building A Structure On Your Property (greater than 10 square metres) Such As:

  • Gazebo
  • Pool house
  • Workshop area
  • Unit for storage
  • Detached garage

Building An Addition Onto The Home Such As:

  • A sunroom
  • A deck/porch
  • An extra floor to your home
  • An attached garage

Other Projects That Apply Include:

  • Building demolishment, whether partly or fully
  • Installing or modifying a fireplace/chimney
  • Solar panels
  • Green roof construction
  • Rooftop storm water system

What Must Be Included In A Permit Application?

While documents will vary depending on the renovation/construction project, all applications must obtain the renovation plans from you. 

What is in a renovation plan, you may ask? In simplest terms, it will include a floor plan and site plan/cross sections that are drawn to scale. These will need to show the previous space layout and highlight any of the new renovations that are being planned. In addition, including any extra construction details/notes that include material types is necessary. 

Who Can Draft These Renovation Plans?

There are a few people who can do this job. They include:

  • A designer that is officially registered with a Building Code Identification Number
  • An engineer qualified by Professional Engineers Ontario
  • An architect fully qualified by the Ontario Association of Architects
  • And you (as long as you have a good understanding of house construction/building codes)

Will Any Other Permits Need To Be Required?

This answer will depend entirely on the size of the project, as well as the exact location of your home and what area it resides in. A more complicated and meticulous project will likely need a wide number of different permits. We have listed a number of the additional permits you may need below:

  • Plumbing/HVAC Permit: These are normally taken from the city once the building permit is fully secured.
  • Landscaping Permit: Required when you plan to do any type of landscaping beyond your property line.
  • Tree Permit: Planning to remove a tree from your property? Think you might damage a tree in the process of your build? You’ll need a permit for that.
  • Electrical Permit: If you plan to add any new outlets or circuits, or modify them in any way, you will need a permit from the Electrical Safety Authority.
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Permit: This is needed if your home is anywhere near a stream, valley, river, waterway or wetland.
  • Heritage Permit: If the property you are working on is considered a heritage property, you’ll need a permit to build on it.

Any Other Additional Information I Need To Know About?

Yes, there is another important thing you need to do before being able to complete a big construction/remodeling project. During the process of this project build, you will need to have your remodel/build be assessed by an inspector. They may need to visit several times to ensure things are being done properly.

How We Can Help

With all of these things to be aware of, a new remodeling/construction project can come off as daunting and complicated. Luckily, we here at iRemodel Home Renovations can take care of all of this, and help you navigate the building process in the easiest, most efficient way possible. If you are in need of a reliable, hard working Toronto Custom Home Builder, be sure to give our team a call at (416) 825-2542 today! We look forward to hearing from you.