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


It costs $150 as a base rate plus the following additional fees as necessary:

  • $0.88 per square foot for residential dwellings and additions
  • $0.27 per square foot of unfinished basement or crawlspace
  • $0.55 per square foot of finished basement or crawlspace
  • $0.55 per square foot of foundation repairs and raising the building
  • $0.55 per square foot to renovate existing space in all classes

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)