Thinking of renovating residential property in Barrie? There’s a lot you need to know before you begin. This page outlines information on planning specific projects and their permit submission requirements.
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Before you begin, contact Service Barrie at 705-739-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca to ensure your project:
- Complies with Zoning By-law section 5.3 for set-backs and lot coverage
- Doesn’t require a permit from a local conservation authority
- Doesn’t infringe on your property’s zoned land use
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Always contact Ontario One Call before you dig, even if it’s just with a shovel, to locate any underground cables or lines below the surface.
To ensure a complete application, collect and complete required documentation as outlined below. All projects require:
- Supporting documents* proving compliance with applicable laws. See Applicable Law Checklist (PDF)
- Schedule 1: Designer Information Form (PDF)*
- Property Owner Consent Letter (PDF)
Required only if you are applying on behalf of the owner.
- Drawings, specifications, and documents establishing compliance with the Ontario Building Code, Building By-law (PDF) and Zoning By-law. Drawings must be legible and to scale. Refer to our APLI Submission Standards (PDF).
*not required for pool enclosure permits
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Common projects that don't require a permit include fences (except when surrounding a pool, hot tub or pond), adding air-conditioning to an existing HVAC system, and some landscaping. Please refer to common projects and permit needs if you're unsure whether a permit is required.
Projects that increase the assessed value of a property will increase taxes. Please visit the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation's website for related information.
Ensure you have all the documentation listed in the Residential Accessory Structure Application Checklist. Read our Guide to Building Sheds for information about the typical shed building process.
Ensure you have all the documentation listed in the Residential Interior Alteration Checklist (PDF).
The Building Code requires permit holders to request inspections at certain stages of construction. Visit the Building Inspections page for details.
The information found on this page is meant for guiding purposes only. Individual home renovation projects vary in scope and may require additional steps to ensure proper completion. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure work conforms to any restrictive covenants, caveats or other restrictions that are registered on the land title. The information above has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Barrie accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.