Municipal Services

Building

Building Department


The Chief Building Official administers the statutory duties prescribed in the Building Code Act.  This is accomplished by working with both home owners and builders to ensure the responsibilities of the Ontario Building Code are being met.

A Building Permit Application can be acquired at the following locations:

Office hours

 

Building Permit FAQ


What is a building permit?

Why is a building permit required?

Who should apply?

When is a building permit required?

What projects require a building permit?

What drawings are required to be submitted for a building permit?

What other departments and jurisdictions may I require approvals and permits from?

What is the length of time to obtain a permit?

How long is the permit valid?

What are the mandatory inspections for new home construction?

 

What is a building permit?

Why is a building permit required?

Who should apply?

When is a building permit required?

What projects require a building permit?

Generally a building permit is required for the construction/alteration of a building or structure, for additions, a fireplace or wood stove and the installation of plumbing systems.

A building permit is NOT required for:

** Not all projects or scenarios can be listed

If you are unsure if your project requires a building permit, contact the building department to discuss the details of the project and what steps may be necessary to move forward.

** Although a building permit may not be required, the project may be subject to zoning requirements.

What drawings are required to be submitted for a building permit?

For most projects 2 sets of plans drawn to scale which include the following:

What other departments and jurisdictions may I require approvals and permits from?

Municipality of Callander

Ministry of Transportation

North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Ministry of Natural Resources

Electrical Safety Authority

Union Gas

Hydro One

What is the length of time to obtain a permit?

The Ontario Building Code allows a time period of 10 to 30 days depending on class of building. Most residential projects can be issued within 7 business days, provided the Permit Application is complete and the necessary documents (drawings/specifications) have been provided.

Extended time lines may result from:

How long is the permit valid?

What are the mandatory inspections for new home construction?

Stage 1Readiness to construct footings

Stage 2Foundation/prior to backfill

Stage 3Below grade plumbing rough in (Interior Drains)

Stage 4Structural Framing (includes all rough-ins for HVAC, plumbing, electrical)

Stage 5HVAC rough in

Stage 6Plumbing rough in

Stage 7Insulation/vapour barrier

Stage 8Occupancy inspection prior to completion

Stage 9Final (construction is complete, interior and exterior including site grading)

 

Building Permit Application


A complete building permit application will include:

Drawing Requirements

Permit issuance

Once the Building Permit Application has been deemed complete, and the proposed construction meets all the legal requirements, the building permit will be issued within the prescribed time period outlined in the Ontario Building Code.

If during plans review any additional information is required to be submitted, you will be contacted via phone or email.

 

Inspections


Inspections are required at various stages in the construction process and are indicated on the Building Permit.

Stage 1Readiness to construct footings

Stage 2Foundation/prior to backfill

Stage 3Below grade plumbing rough in (Interior Drains)

Stage 4Structural Framing (includes all rough-ins for HVAC, plumbing, electrical)

Stage 5HVAC rough in

Stage 6Plumbing rough in

Stage 7Insulation/vapour barrier

Stage 8Occupancy inspection prior to completion

Stage 9Final (construction is complete, interior and exterior including site grading)

Failure to request the mandatory inspections will result in a deficiency recorded against the project and create unnecessary delays in the construction process.

Approved (stamped) permit drawings/specifications MUST be on the project site for the purpose of inspections. Approved drawings/specifications NOT on site at time of inspection will deem the inspection incomplete and may result in a re-inspection fee being administered upon rebooking the inspection.

Information required to book an Inspection:

Booking your Inspection

Finalizing and Closing your Permit

Every building permit issued MUST also be closed. The responsibility of closing a building permit is that of the permit applicant or property owner. Permits may only be closed when all inspections are complete (passed) and any necessary reports have been submitted.

Possible impacts that may result from NOT closing a permit:

 

Fees


Building By-law 2008-1082 Schedule “A”

 

Forms/Applications


Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish

Energy Efficiency Design Summary Sheet

Owners Authorization

Commitment to General Review by Architect and Engineers

Deck Checklist

Entrance Permit Application

Road Occupancy Permit Application

 

By-laws


Building By-law 2008-1082

Fence By-law 2007-1060

Sign By-law 2000-760

Development charge By-law 2015-1442

 

Additional Information


A guide to Residential Wood Heating

 

Property Standards


In addition to the duties associated with the building department, the Chief Building Official administers the Property Standards By-law.

The Property Standards By-law sets minimum standards to ensure property owners maintain their properties. The intent of these standards is to protect the health and safety of occupants/tenants as well as the general public.

How to file a Property Standards complaint?

The complaint needs to be filed on the approved Property Standards Complaint Form. The form needs to be completed in full and signed by the complainant. The complainant should provide as much detail as possible to help define the area(s) of concern.  The identity of the complainant shall remain anonymous, unless the matter proceeds to court, where the complainant may be summoned.

The Property Standards Officer cannot proceed with an Order against a property based on anonymous complaints.

While we do appreciate the concerns of all residents in regards to local properties and their conditions, action will only be taken against a property in response to a valid signed complaint.

Property Standards By-law 2008-1099

Property Standards Complaint Form

 

For information please contact:

Cameron Karpenko C.B.C.O.
Chief Building Official
26 Main Street North, Unit 9
Callander, ON P0H 1H0
(705) 752-2608 ext. 24
ckarpenko@callander.ca