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Building Permit Record Information​

Building permit records consist of drawings and other related documents. The City of Barrie retains building permit records as per the City’s Records Retention Program Policy.

Building Services Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please refer to Building Services Announcements for up-to-date information about impacted services.

How to conduct a building records search

Building Permit Records can be requested for viewing and copying; however, it is not guaranteed that all records are available. For security reasons, the building and architectural plans for specific types of buildings (i.e. city facilities, banks, religious buildings, etc.) will not be made available.


To conduct a building records search, you must submit:

  • Building Department Document Request Form
  • Proof o​​f Ownership (driver’s licence, health card, passport, or photo id showing address) OR a signed Owner Consent Form / Letter from the Property Owner
  • Retrieval Service Fee Payment as per the City of Barrie Fees By-law​
  • All above items, in person ​to: City of Barrie, Service Barrie, 1st Floor, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5, Mon-Fri-, 8:30am – 4:30pm. The Copyright Act All terms and conditions of the Copyright Act apply to the use of record(s).

Search process

The following are key items you will need to know regarding the process:

  • The results of the search do not impact the cost of the search; the retrieval fee is non-refundable (even if no records are produced). 
  • The search for archived records can take up to a week. Upon retrieval, the Building Department will contact the Requester advising that the records are ready for viewing at City Hall.
  • ​​There may be specific records that are required to be requested under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If this process is applicable, you will be notified.

​Compliance Letter Requests

Compliance letters provide information the City may have ​with respect to the status of building permits on a property. This includes B​​uilding Code Orders and the status of permits. To obtain a Compliance Letter, please complete the Compliance Letter Request Form and submit payment (as per the City of Barrie Fees By-law) to Service Barrie. ​

Please note:  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, RUSH Compliance Letter requests are currently suspended until further notice.

Land Surveys

To obtain a copy of a land survey, please visit the Land Surveyors of Ontario website. ​

Frequently Asked Questions
Can building records be emailed to me?

Building records are provided in person only. You will receive your requested records in hard copy format or digitally via USB.

Can building services staff assist me while I’m viewing drawings and building permit records?

Building Services Staff cannot provide any consultation or interpretation of the documents being viewed.

What building permit records can I view or request copies of?

Building drawings, lot gradings, final inspection reports, occupancy reports, and occupant load reports.


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