Building / Demolition Permit

Download - Application for Building Permit (PDF)

 

Who needs a permit?

A building permit is required for all types of construction: building, renovating, demolishing or relocating.

What is the first step?

Call or visit the Property Inspection and Public Works Department ahead of time to find out if the project is permitted and what the requirements are prior to development.

We are open from Monday – Friday, between 8:30am and 4:30pm. For information phone (902) 648-2623 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What do I potentially need before I apply?

How do I get approved?

After your application is completed and all of the above required information and approvals are submitted, it will be reviewed by the appropriate staff to make sure that your proposed project complies with land use, engineering regulations, and the Building Code.

When will my permit be issued?

When all of the required approvals and plans are submitted to the Building Inspection Department, your permit will be reviewed and approved, if found satisfactory, within seven days. Your permit will expire after one year from the date the permit was issued and may be renewed for another year at no charge.

When do I need an inspection?

Provincial Building Code Regulations require a total of five mandatory inspections. It is your responsibility to notify the Building Inspection Department that you are ready for the appropriate inspection, 24 hours in advance.

The Building Inspector will inspect during the following stages of construction:

  1. When footings are in place.
  2. a) When the foundation is in place and before the backfilling has taken place.
    b) Underground plumbing.
  3. When the framing, roof, plumbing and mechanical are in place but exposed for inspection.
  4. When the insulation and vapour barrier has been installed and remain exposed for inspection.
  5. Before occupancy of the building.

 

Before you move into the new building you are required to call the Building Inspection Department for an occupancy inspection to ensure that all work completed complies with the Building Code and no unsafe conditions exist. This is mandatory!

What is the first step?

Call or visit the Property Inspection and Public Works Department ahead of time to find out if the project is permitted and what the requirements are prior to development.

We are open from Monday – Friday, between 8:30am and 4:30pm. For information phone (902) 648-2623 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is a Building and/or Development Permit Required for?

Note: Any work not included in the approved Building Permit such as decks or finished basements will require a separate permit.

What is a Building and/or Development Permit NOT required for?

Note: It is the responsibility of the owner to obtain required permits prior to starting construction.

What should you bring when obtaining a permit?

Note: It is the responsibility of the owner and the contractor to ensure all work carried out is in accordance with the Building Code and the Land use By-Law even if a permit is not required

During what stages of construction are inspections required?

Note: An occupancy permit is required prior to occupancy of the building.

What are the building and development permit fees?

What are the drawing requirements for new buildings/additions?

One complete set of construction drawings is required. These drawings must be drawn to scale and should include the following:

Site Plan

Showing property and building dimensions and distances to property lines.

Structural Drawings

Showing foundation plan (type, size & dimensions), floor plans, columns, bearing walls, stairs, ramps, roof plan and structural details.

Building Elevations

Showing exterior finishes (all views), finished grade level, windows, doors , chimneys, stairs, etc.

Floor Plans

Showing all room dimensions, wall types, window and door schedules and room finish schedules.

Sections

Showing building and wall sections (all construction materials), grade level, floor heights, and stair sections.