A: In general, a building permit is required to erect, install, extend, alter, relocate or repair a building or demolish a building. The following are examples of projects that require building permits:
*Addition of a carport, garage, porch, room, dormer, roof over a deck
*Interior renovations that change or remove partitions or load-bearing walls
*Installation, removal or upgrading of insulation, air/vapour barrier.
*Installation of a Woodstove/Fireplace
*Installation of a mobile home
*Installing a hot tub, above ground swimming pool or in-ground swimming pool.
*Demolition of a building
*Modifying or installing a septic system
*Undertaking any Plumbing
*Construction of sheds greater than 10m2 (108ft2)
*Addition of second suite (basement apartment)
* Undertaking any changes or additions or subtractions to a roof, attic or foundation system
Note: A building permit is not required for a detached accessory structure measuring less than 10m2 (108 ft2) in area, more than 4'0" from another structure.
Decks in the backyard, not attached to the house, at least 4'0" away from the house and less than 108ft2 in area do not require a permit.
Building permits are not required in Wasaga Beach for the following;
*re-shingling the roof
*re-siding (if no insulation is involved)
*fences (other than around swimming pools)
*replacement of windows and doors of the same size
*replacing plumbing fixtures in the same location as the fixtures being replaced.
For permit requirements for electrical work, contact the Electrical Safety Authority at 1-877-372-7233 or visit online at www.esasafe.com
A permit from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority may also be required if your lot is located within an area subject to their jurisdiction (flood plain, near a watercourse or the beach….). For further information please contact the NVCA at 705-424-1479 or www.nvca.on.ca