What Projects Require a Building Permit?
Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required to construct, demolish, renovate, alter, install or change the use of a building. The following is a list of typical projects or situations that require the issuance of a building permit prior to construction:
Construct a new building greater than 10 sq.m. in building area (the area of the building's footprint)
Install new plumbing in a building or part thereof
Change the use and/or occupancy of a building
Changing the fuel source of a fireplace from gas-fired to solid burning (wood)
Construct an addition to an existing building
Construct a deck*
Add or remove a structural wall in a dwelling
Complete a roughed-in bathroom or washroom
Alter an existing building or it's plumbing system
Repair a building or it's plumbing system
Repair or install a sewage system (commonly referred to as a 'septic system')
Install a new furnace utilizing a new fuel source, i.e. Electrical to natural gas
Install a solid fuel burning appliance, i.e. Wood burning stove or masonry fireplace
Complete a roughed-in fireplace
Detached or attached garages and carports
Addition of a dormer
Raising a dwelling to provide a full basement
Install a sign
Pool enclosure around a swimming pool
*Decks in the rear yard, not attached to the dwelling and less than 10 sq.m. (108 sq.ft.) in area, do not require a building permit. Decks larger than 10 sq.m. (108 sq. ft.) and all decks more that 600 mm (2' - 0") above average grade do require a building permit.
If the above list does not include specifics of your project or you are not sure if a permit will be required, please contact our Permit Administrators at 905-833-4102 or 905-833-4078 with the details of the work.
What Projects Do Not Require a Building Permit?
It is not necessary to obtain building permits to perform the work listed below. Please note, however, you must still comply with the requirements of the King Township Zoning By-law and if applicable, the Ontario Building Code.
Erect a fence, other than a pool enclosure fence. Compliance with the Township’s Fence By-law is required. Please Note: Building permits are required to erect a pool enclosure fence in accordance with the Fence and Swimming Pool Enclosure By-law 2012-132.
Planters and landscaping
Replacement plumbing fixtures
Replacement hot water heaters (note the requirement to limit hot water to 49°C after September 2004)
Kitchen or bathroom cupboards
Painting, decorating and general maintenance
Replacing roof shingles on a residential dwelling
Air conditioning units or heat pumps added to existing systems
Replacement furnaces provided the new and old furnaces have similar heat output and use the same fuel
Accessory buildings (storage sheds) not greater than 10 sq.m. (108 sq. ft.) in area. Compliance with the Township's Zoning By-law for property line setbacks is required. Visit Plans Examination for more information.
Decks in the rear yard, not attached to the dwelling and less than 10 sq.m. in area. Please Note: Decks larger than 10 sq.m. and all decks attached to a dwelling and more than 600 mm (2'-0") above grade do require a building permit.
If the above list does not include specifics of your project or you are not sure if a permit will be required, please contact our Permit Administrators at 905-833-4102 or 905-833-4078 with the details of your work.