You'll need to get a building inspection completed at various stages throughout your building or renovation project. Building inspections ensure all construction meets the requirements set out in your building permit application and the Ontario Building Code.

Book an inspection

Contact us at least 24 hours before you'd like to receive a building inspection. There are a few exceptions:

  • if you are booking an inspection during the summer months, we recommend contacting us a few days in advance
  • if your property is located on an island with boat access only, we require a minimum of three days notice to get a building inspection

Inspection safety guidelines during COVID-19

We will continue to issue building permits and offer building inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to keep our community and staff safe, we will:

  • inspect sites alone to ensure physical distancing
  • wear masks when physical distancing is not possible

Electrical inspections

If your building project includes electrical work, your electrician will help you arrange an electrical inspection. Alternatively, you can contact the Electrical Safety Authority for more information.

When do I need an inspection?

Depending on the project type, you may need to get the following inspections on your next building and construction project:

  • footing forms – prior to pouring concrete
  • foundation – prior to backfilling, drainage tile, stone and damp proofing in place
  • water and sewer connection to municipal services – all connections ready with pipe bedding and tracer wire in place
  • framing – prior to insulation with all plumbing, ductwork and electrical rough-ins complete, roofing and windows installed
  • plumbing – rough-in, before cover, test on
  • insulation, vapour barrier, air barrier – before covering with all penetrations sealed and or taped, exterior prior to siding, all sheathing membrane and flashings shall be in place
  • septic system – base grading has been completed prior to importing sand fill
  • septic installation – tank bed installed and connected, prior to covering or backfilling
  • occupancy – this inspection deals with minimum health and safety issues and must be complete before occupying the building
  • final inspection – entire completion of project including sewage system, lot grading, ESA certification and water test results (new home)