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Building Permits & Fees

Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction or installation of a new structure, or for the construction of an addition or alteration of any structure that results in a building area of over 10 square meters (107 sq ft).

The following is a list of typical projects that require a permit:

  • Any new structure over 10 m2 (108 ft2)
  • Any addition to a structure, regardless of the size of the addition
  • Interior alterations for non-residential units
  • Interior alterations for residential units if; a bedroom is created, a garage is converted to living space, a seasonal room converted to a year-round use, a new dwelling unit is being created
  • Building a new fireplace or installing a woodstove
  • Any structural changes or repairs
  • A new entrance or a new window opening
  • A deck
  • Adding new dormers
  • Enclosing a porch
  • Any change of use to one of greater hazard (see chart O.B.C. 2.4.1.A.)
  • Signs installed on an exterior building face or roof
  • Free-standing signs
  • Any installation or alteration of a plumbing system (water supply, drain, waste or vent), including alterations to install a water softener
  • Converting from a septic system to City sewer or water.

How to Apply

Applications for building permits are received by Plan Examiners at our front counter on the 8th floor of City Hall, 70 Collier Street. The applicant may be the homeowner, contractor, engineer, architect, developer, commercial or industrial tenant or an agent for the owner. The Plan Examiner explains and helps you with your permit application. Some permits, such as decks, may be issued the same day in most cases. Other permits will require more time to circulate the application to other branches and departments. The following is a list of some types of permit applications:

  • Construction permits
  • Demolition permits
  • Conditional permits
  • Sign permits
  • Private On-site Sewage Disposal System permits
  • Pool enclosure permits
  • Retaining wall permits

Facts You Need To Know

  • No person can construct or demolish a building without first obtaining a permit from the Chief Building Official.
  • Applications are available at the Planning and Development department, 70 Collier Street, 8th Floor, Barrie, Ontario or online. (link to permit application)
  • Structures less than 10 m2 (108 ft2) do not require a permit.
  • Fees are assessed according to the type of building and its size.
  • Additional fees for development charges may apply.
  • Projects that increase the assessed value of the property will increase taxes. (See MPAC website in ‘Resources’ section)
  • Constructing a building without a permit may be subject to penalties including fines and removal.

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional
& Large Residential Building Permits

New Homes

When submitting a building permit application for a new house, the following documentation and information is required:

  • Two complete sets of construction plans (including truss drawing if applicable)
  • Two copies of heat loss calculation with duct layout
  • One ventilation design summary
  • Two site grading plans (stamped by consulting engineer)
    See Lot Grading & Drainage Control Procedures
  • Building Permit fee Refer to Schedule B of the current Fees By-law
  • Completed Building Permit Application Building Permit Submission Requirements:
  • Completed Building Permit Application Building Permit Fee  Refer to Schedule B of the current Fees By-law
  • 3 complete sets of drawings: 
    • Civil drawings - servicing and grading
    • Architectural
    • Structural
    • Mechanical/electrical/plumbing/sprinkler
  • 1 set of specifications and soil report
  • 2 additional copies of the civil drawings and architectural site plan
  • SB-10 design brief - See SB-10 - Division 3, chapter 1
  • Commitment for General Review by Architect and Engineer
  • Ontario Building Code Data Matrix
  • Confirmation of submission to other applicable agencies (as listed under OBC applicable law) i.e:
    • Site Plan Control
    • Conservation Authority
    MTO Construction within their regulation limit
    MOE Brownsfield Site

Interior Alteration and/or Change of Use:

  • 3 complete sets of drawings: • Architectural • Structural (if applicable) • Mechanical/electrical/plumbing/sprinkler
  • An additional set of drawings must be submitted when a conditional permit is applied for, showing compliance with the work proposed under the conditional request.

Minimum Information to be Included on Site and Civil plans

Engineering Contact: Frank Palka, 705-739-4207

  • Site Servicing and grading
  • SWMP
  • Curb box, vaults
  • Storm & Sanitary sewer, size, material & slope
  • Drainage, grading pattern
  • Driveway entrance, radius, width, headwall and apron paved
  • Easements
  • Roof control to splash pads
  • Test manhole on property (industrial)
  • Culvert treatment, dimensions
  • Geodetic elevations

Water Operations Contact: Allan Miller 705-739-4220 ext. 6161

  • Site servicing
  • Water service size & material
  • Water main size & material
  • Location of mechanical/electrical room

Fire Department Contact: Tracy Stevenson 705-739-4220 x3225

  • Hydrant (existing, proposed)
  • Location of Fire department connection (sprinkler, standpipe)
  • Fire route (location, dimension)

Building Services 705-739-4212

  • Key plan and scale
  • Professional stamps & signatures
  • All buildings (or additions) proposed and existing
  • Parking spaces (location & dimensions)

*Projects involving Site Plan Control may require additional information on the site plan i.e. landscaping, trees, garbage enclosure, etc.

Building plans must have sufficient detail and description that they could be given to a contractor who could construct the building, complying with all Building Code regulations.

Building Fees

The following excerpt is for information only. An official version of the Fees By-law can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office by calling (705) 739-4204. For fees not listed please contact the Building Services Department.

Except as provided in sections 1.2, 1.11 and 1.12, the permit fee for a project shall be calculated by:

  1. Determining the occupancy classification, gross floor area and scope of work for which the permit applies;
  2. Multiplying the fee rate listed in sections 1.3 to 1.8 by the appropriate measure;
  3. Adding any additional fee rates listed in 1.9 and 1.10; and
  4. Ensuring the total permit fee is at least the minimum fee listed in section 1.1

Except as provided in the additional fee rates listed in sections 1.9 and 1.10, all plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation work associated with a project and shown on the permit drawings are included in the base fee rate.

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