Building Standards

Building standards are set by the Ontario Building Code, Zoning By-law, Building By-law and other applicable laws to ensure structures meet the minimum living, fire, and health safety requirements.

Building Services regularly posts bulletins regarding industry-related developments that may impact customer experience.

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Ontario Building Code

The Ontario Building Code (OBC) is the legislative framework governing the construction, renovation and change-of-use of buildings in Ontario. It establishes detailed technical requirements and minimum standards for building construction. For more information, contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Zoning By-law

Barrie’s Zoning By-law outlines what can be built on a property (land use) and where on a property it can be built (building set-backs). Zoning regulations define these limits for every building project. For more information, please contact Service Barrie at (705) 726-4242 or

Building By-law

The Building By-law Ontario Building Code’s enforcement in Barrie. For more information, please contact Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 or​.

Applicable Law

A building permit cannot be issued if a proposed project will breach applicable law. View the Applicable Law Checklist to determine if any applicable laws in Barrie apply to your project, and for agencies to contact to gain approval.

Alternative Solutions

Barrie's Alternative Solutions Informational Guide explains the City's requirements and procedure relating to the submission of an Alternative Solution Application.​