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Residential Building Permits

Building permits give legal permission to construct, demolish or renovate on a property. Failure to obtain building permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal of work already completed.

Application Process

  1. Collect and complete all required documentation:
  2. Submit required documentation along with building permit fees to Service Barrie (City Hall, 70 Collier Street, 1st floor)

    Put your application on the Fast Track! The Fast Track option is available for small residential projects including decks, pools, plumbing, water & sanitary repairs, and some interior renovations. Once you’ve collected all required documentation, take your application to Service Barrie (1st floor City Hall) and schedule an appointment with a building inspector to have your permit issued. Same-day appointments are available on a first-come first-served basis, with approximately 8 appointments available daily (Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm).

  3. Applications are reviewed to ensure plans comply with building standards
Submission Requirements for New Homes
  • Two (2) complete sets of construction plans including truss drawing if applicable
  • Two (2) copies of heat loss calculation with duct layout
  • One (1) ventilation design summary
  • Two (2) site grading plans stamped by consulting engineer (see Lot Grading & Drainage Control Procedures)
Complete Applications

Complete applications include all required documentation (listed above) and are processed within 10 business days. In this time frame, a permit will be issued or refused:

  • Issued: work may begin. Don’t forget to call for inspections as required by law. 
  • Refused: all reasons for refusal will be given in writing. Applicants may re-apply with all conditions met.
Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications are missing required documentation (listed above) and standard timelines will not apply. Applicants may choose to proceed with an incomplete application when they’re unsure if a project complies with all building regulations or if some of the required documentation isn’t ready to be submitted.

Who can Apply

An agent of the property owner can apply for a building permit as long as a signed letter of permission to act on the owners behalf is provided. Ultimately it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure a permit is obtained when required and that construction complies with all building standards. Property owner agents can be:

• homeowner
• contractor
• engineer
• architect
• developer
• commercial tenant
• industrial tenant

Fees

Fees are assessed according to the type of building and its size. Please refer to Schedule B of the current Fees By-law. Additional fees for development charges may apply. Contact Finance at (705) 739-4232 to see if this applies to your project.

Common Projects and Permit Needs

Permits Required

The following list includes common projects that require a building permit. This list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions please contact Service Barrie at (705) 726-4242 or servicebarrie@barrie.ca:

  • Construct/demolish a house or addition to an existing house (i.e. garage, another storey)
  • Construct/demolish a detached accessory structure greater than 10m2 (107.6ft2)(i.e. garage, shed)
  • Construct a deck greater than 10m2 (107.6ft2) in area or is attached to a building
  • Construct a porch or a balcony
  • Construct a basement walkout
  • Construct a heated or unheated sunroom
  • Erect tents greater than 60m2 (196.9ft2) or all tents erected within 3m (9.8ft) of a building
  • Construct roofing with structural work (i.e. adding dormers, skylights, solar panels)
  • Create new openings for, or increase the size of, doors and windows
  • Excavate a basement to increase existing headroom/underpinning foundation walls
  • Install, change, remove or repair load-bearing walls and other structural components
  • Install or modify HVAC systems
  • Install, replace or repair plumbing, drain, sewer systems
  • Construct a chimney serving a solid fuel fire appliance
  • Change a building’s use
  • Install, replace or repair a private sewage system
  • Replace a furnace that is changing fuel type, efficiency or capacity
  • Install a gas fireplace as a heating appliance
  • Repair structural and/or mechanical fire damage 
  • Install a pool, hot tub or spa
  • Construct a retaining wall greater than 1m2 (3.2ft2)
  • Complete an Occupant Load Permit liquor licence application

Permits NOT Required

The following list includes common projects that do not require a building permit. This list is not exhaustive. Even if a building permit is not required, compliance with the Zoning By-law is required:

  • Construct/demolish a detached building under 10m2 (107.6ft2) with no plumbing and with a maximum height of 3m (9.8ft) (i.e. garden or utility shed, gazebo, pergola)
  • Construct/demolish an uncovered deck less than 10m2 (107.6ft2)
  • Replace doors and/or windows that are the same size as the existing
  • Install siding on a house, garage or accessory building
  • Re-shingle a roof
  • Install eaves, provided the drainage is contained within the property
  • Damp-proof basements
  • Paint or decorate
  • Install kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing
  • Carry out minor repairs to masonry
  • Erect a fence (except when surrounding a pool, hot tub or pond)
  • Carry out landscaping work
  • Add air-conditioning to an existing HVAC system
  • Install a decorative gas fireplace
  • Repair non-structural and/or non-mechanical fire damage

Permit Types

Building Permits

There are many different types of building permits that can be required before construction, demolition or renovation on a property can occur. Depending on the project, the following permits might be required:

  • 2nd Unit Registrations 
  • Certified Model Application 
  • Change of Use Permit 
  • Commercial New - Addition - Alteration 
  • Demolition Permit 
  • Designated Structure 
  • Dwelling New Duplex / Town / Semi 
  • Dwelling New Single Detached 
  • Dwelling Permit Addition/Alteration 
  • High Rise Residential New - Addition - Alteration 
  • Industrial New - Addition - Alteration 
  • Institutional /Gov'T New - Addition - Alteration 
  • Low Rise Residential New - Addition - Alteration 
  • Major Building Plumbing 
  • Model Home Permit 
  • Plumbing 
  • Pool Fence Permit 
  • Public Pool 
  • Residential Accessory Building 
  • Residential Deck 
  • Retaining Wall Permit 
  • Sewage System Permit 
  • Sign Permit 
  • Temporary Structure Permit
  • Tent Permit

Other Permits

Depending on the project, other permits may need to be acquired:









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