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Do I need a Building Permit

  1. What is a building permit?
  2. When is a building permit required?
  3. Definition of a building
  4. Buildings that don't require a building permit in the Township of Puslinch
  5. Buildings that require a building permit in the Township of Puslinch
  6. Information and Guidelines for specific permit types

What is a building permit?

A building permit is your formal permission to begin construction. It means that plans for any new structure, addition or renovation have been reviewed by the Township, for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, the local zoning bylaws and any other applicable laws and regulations. If you're not the property owner, you will be required to have the property owner fill out the building permit owner authorization application.

When is a building permit required?

The Ontario Building Code Act (1992) requires a building permit when a person constructs or demolishes a building or causes a building to be constructed or demolished.

Definition of a building:

  • A structure occupying an area greater than ten square metres (108 square feet) consisting of a wall, roof, and floor or any of them or a structural system serving the function thereof including all plumbing, works, fixtures, and service systems pertaining to the listed above;
  • A structure occupying an area of ten square metres or less that contains plumbing, including the plumbing pertaining to the above mentioned;
  • Plumbing not located in a structure;
  • A sewage system; or
  • Structures designated in the building code.

Buildings that don't require a building permit in the Township of Puslinch:

  1. A detached shed that is 10' x 10' including roof overhangs;
  2. A fence (i.e. chain link, wood, wrought iron);
  3. Removing the kitchen cupboards and replacing with new cupboards,
  4. Installing new shingles on existing roof;
  5. Removing a non-load bearing wall in a single, semi-detached or townhouse dwelling;
  6. Replacing a fixture (i.e. toilet, bathtub, or sink) with a new fixture; or
  7. A detached deck that is 10' x 10'.

Buildings that require a building permit in the Township of Puslinch:

  1. A detached shed that is 12' x 10' including roof overhangs;
  2. A retaining wall that is greater than 3' x 3' in height;
  3. Renovation projects where plumbing fixtures are added or relocated;
  4. Removing a load bearing wall, column, lintel or beam;
  5. Renovations including finishing of unfinished basements (Note: if bedroom, code stipulates window sizes for emergency egress);
  6. Building an attached deck, or any deck greater than 10 metres square (108 square feet);
  7. Adding a woodstove or fireplace;
  8. Installing a swimming pool (above or in-ground) - Pool Enclosure Permit Application; or
  9. Demolishing a building.