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Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, & Large Residential Building Permits

Building permits give legal permission to begin construction, subject to other required municipal approvals. Building permits ensure that the proposed construction will meet the minimum life and fire safety requirements contained within the Building Code. Obtaining a permit is the law and allows Building staff to double check the important life safety features for your project.

​Permit Submission Requirements

To ensure a complete application, refer to our ICI and Large Residential Checklist which outlines application, drawing, and submission requirements. Please note, a separate permit application is required for Site Servicing​.​


Projects subject to Site Plan Control require that conditions of site plan are signed-off by: Fire, Engineering, Water, Planning, and Building prior to building permit submission.  An executed site plan is required prior to issuance of a building permit.

Other Municipal Revie​​​ws Associated with Building Permits

Where a property is not subject to Site Plan Approval, multiple municipal departments review building permit applications to confirm compliance with by-laws, design guidelines, and other legislation. Department requirements for site plans and civil plans are listed below:  

Development Services

Service Barrie staff are available at 705-726-4242 to answer questions about the following requirements.


  • Site plan and scale
  • Professional stamps and signatures
  • All building or additions (existing and proposed)
  • Parking spaces (location and dimension)
  • Setback distances
  • Projects involving Site Plan Control may require additional information on the site plan (i.e. landscaping, trees, garbage enclosure)


  • Site servicing and grading
  • Storm Water Management Ponds (SWMP)
  • Curb box, vaults
  • Storm and sanitary sewer, size, material, and 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
Fire Department

Please contact BFES at 705-739-4220 x3225 with questions on any of the following requirements.

  • Hydrant (existing and proposed)
  • Location of Fire department connection (sprinkler and standpipe)
  • Fire route (location and dimension)
Legislative & Court Services
Staff in the Legislative & Court Services office are available at 705-739-4204 to answer questions regarding compliance with the City of Barrie’s Sign By-law.    
Water Operations

Water Operations staff are available at 705-792-7920 to answer questions about the following requirements.

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


Fees are assessed according to the type of building and its size. Please refer to 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.


Visit Building Inspections​ for building permit inspection requirements.​


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