You need to complete and submit a building permit application in order to build a home or cottage on your property.


Fees are based on estimated construction value. It costs $150 as a base rate plus the following additional fees as necessary:

  • $1.19 per square foot for residential dwellings and additions
  • $0.36 per square foot of unfinished basement or crawlspace
  • $0.74 per square foot of finished basement or crawlspace
  • $0.36 per square foot for docks and decks
  • $0.46 per square foot for an accessory building such as a garage, shed, gazebo or boat port

A fee of $10.00 per fixture will apply for any new plumbing fixture.

Fees are indexed on January 1 of each year. 

Building permit checklist

Please include the following information with your application:

  • Schedule 1
  • site plan (view a sample site plan)
  • engineered lot grading plan (two paper copies)
  • construction drawings (two paper copies, full size and to scale)
  • digital construction drawings and engineered lot grading plan
  • letter of authorization, if applicable
  • HVAC (includes heat loss/gain, layout, calculations)
  • energy efficiency design summary
  • sewage system design specifications, if applicable
  • sewage system plan view, if applicable
  • Schedule 2, if applicable
  • any applicable approvals (Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Trent-Severn Waterway)