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.
Save Time: Apply Online! We've made it easier and faster to get a residential building permit. Through our new application tool, APLI, residents can apply for building permits online, 24/7. No trip to City Hall needed.
APLI provides enhanced online features that allow you to quickly and easily submit your application without leaving your home or office. Benefits include:
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 accessory buildings. If you meet all of the requirements as outlined in our Fast Track checklists, you can apply online using APLI or take your application to Service Barrie (1st floor City Hall, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm) and schedule an appointment with a building official to have your permit issued. We are accepting a total of 3 Fast Track applications per day and same-day appointments are on a first-come, first served basis.
Complete applications include all required documentation (listed above). We endeavour to meet the timelines prescribed in Division C of the Ontario Building Code. In this timeframe, a permit will be issued or refused:
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
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:
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:
Depending on the project, other permits may need to be acquired:
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