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Building Inspections

Building projects are subject to mandatory inspections at specific stages of construction or demolition to confirm building standards are met.

Request a Building Inspection

Online Applications -  schedule through APLI ​

Paper Applications -  email or call:

  • Email ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca  (Subject Line: "INSPECTIONS + project address). Read receipts will be acknowledged. 
  • Call (705) 739-4231 anytime (24/7, recording line only). Please do not contact the inspector directly.

Building inspections will be conducted within 2 business days in accordance with Division C, Sentence 1.3.5.3.(1) of the Ontario Building Code. The time period to conduct the inspection commences on the business day after the request was made, excluding weekends and statutory holidays.  

Expedited inspection service may be provided where there is demonstrated need and when staff resources are available to meet the request. Expedited service is defined as "next day" provided that the request is received by 12:00 noon on a business day.

Mandatory Inspections

Mandatory inspections are required at certain stages of construction or demolition as regulated under the Ontario Building Code. The inspector will record observations and provide a report of the inspection on-site. To verify your inspection requirements, see the Required Notification Inspection Form or contact Building Services at (705) 739-4231 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca.

On-site Inspection Requirements

Required Information:​

  • ​​Name of on-site contact
  • Phone number for on-site contact
  • Email address (required in order to receive a copy of the Inspection Report)
  • Permit Number
  • Address of Project
  • Type of Inspection (i.e. footing, framing, occupancy, final, etc.)
  • Preferred Inspection Time (AM or PM)
Failure to provide the above request information may result in the inspection not being scheduled.  The inspector will attempt to make contact the morning following the inspection request, either by phone or email, to provide the tentative date and time of inspection. Please note that sometimes inspection times need to change. If this occurs, the requestor will be contacted as soon as possible.

How to Prepare for an Inspection:

  • Ensure all work remains exposed until inspected and approved
  • Printed approved building plans and drawings must be available on-site for the Inspector to review
  • Provide suitable and safe on-site access for an efficient inspection (stairs and ramps with handrails, no ladders)

When can I move in?​

New buildings and additions are required to be inspected prior to occupancy. This verifies that all items related to occupant and building safety are completed to the minimum requirements.

Other Required​ Inspections

Depending on the project, other inspections may need to be satisfied through other City departments including:


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