Building Permit FAQ's
A building permit is your formal permission
to begin construction or demolition. It means that the Municipality of
Brighton has reviewed the plans for any new structure, addition or
renovation. Plans must comply with the Ontario Building Code, local
zoning by-laws, and other applicable laws and regulations.
permits regulate the type of construction allowed in the community and
help to ensure building standards are met. The building permit process
protects each homeowner's interests, as well as those of the community
and helps to ensure that any structural change is safe, legal and sound.
When obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the
professional expertise of Building Division staff. They can often offer
suggestions to help solve construction problems, often before they
However, it is the building owner who is ultimately
responsible for complying with all building requirements and your
designer or contractor may get permits on your behalf.
DO I NEED TO GET A BUILDING PERMIT?
You must obtain a building
permit before you do any of the following:
- -Construct a new building
repair or add to a building
- -Demolish or remove all or a
portion of a building
- -Change a building's use
change or remove partitions and load-bearing walls
- -Make new
openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows
- -Build a
garage, balcony or deck or enclose an existing deck
- -Build a
utility shed over 108ft2 (10m2)
- -Excavate a basement or
construct a foundation
- -Install or modify any life safety or
fire suppression system such as fire alarms, sprinkler or standpipe or
fixed extinguishing systems.
- -Install or modify plumbing,
fireplaces, fireplace inserts and woodstoves
- -Install kitchen or
bathroom cupboards with plumbing
- -Reconstruct a chimney
a deck which is over two feet (0.61 metres) in height above ground
level and that is not attached to a building
- -Build a deck,
porch or balcony which is attached to house
- -To finish a basement
or convert a room to a bedroom
- -To install a swimming pool
(above ground or inground)
- -Erect signage
do not need a building permit to:
- -Replace existing,
same-size doors and windows, subject to distance from property lines
siding on small residential buildings, subject to distance from
- -Build a utility shed under 108ft2 (10 m2)
a roof, provided there is no structural work
- -Install eaves
troughs, provided that drainage is contained on your property
- -Paint or decorate
- -Reinstall/replace kitchen
or bathroom cupboards without plumbing.
- -Erect a fence (except
swimming pools and outside hot tubs require permits)
- -Carry out
electrical work, however you consult with the Electrical Safety
Authority who will advise and state whether an permit is required and
what inspection is required.
- -Install an air filled swimming pool
(that will be removed after summer)
HAPPENS IF I DO NOT GET A PERMIT?
It is unlawful to start
construction without the necessary permits. If you start construction
without the necessary permits, you may be ordered to stop work, ordered
to remove work already done, or prosecuted. You then will be required to
obtain a Building Permit and the fee for such will be DOUBLED. Contact
the Building Official if you are not sure whether you need a permit for
WHAT DOES THE BUILDING INSPECTOR DO?
building inspector reviews projects during key stages of construction to
ensure work complies with the Ontario Building Code and the plans
originally submitted for review. The inspector may visit a site several
times depending on the project. They must be able to see the work that
requires inspection. An inspector requires a minimum of 48 hours notice
to book an inspection.
WHEN I PURCHASE A HOME, SHOULD I
CONSULT A BUILDING INSPECTOR?
The Municipality does not conduct
pre-purchase inspections. (For information on purchasing the services of
a pre-purchase building inspection service, please refer to the Yellow
Pages of the telephone directory.)
However, if you have questions
or concerns about your new home, or to determine if a finished basement
or apartment is legal and meets the Ontario Building Code and Brighton
Property Standards requirements, you can contact the Municipality's
WHERE DO I APPLY FOR A PERMIT?
contact the Building Department to make an appointment to apply for a
building permit. Office Hours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Telephone: 613-475-1162. Building permits will be issued within 2 weeks
of receipt of application, so please ensure you submit your application
well in advance of your proposed start of construction.