To help with constructing, adding or renovating a building on your
property i.e. new home, deck, garage or other major work
This information and fee schedule is as of January 2002 and is subject to change.
If you have any questions, please call Building Services at 674-4455, Ext. 4278.
What is a building permit?
Formal approval from The City of Greater Sudbury is required to
construct, add to, or renovate a building on your property.
Why do I need a building
In Ontario, there are laws and regulations in place for the construction
of buildings. The City of Greater Sudbury is responsible for
overseeing the Ontario Building Code Act and the regulations for the
construction, maintenance and safety of buildings and other structures.
The City ensures that anyone building a structure meets structural,
fire, land use and safety requirements for the general protection of you
and your neighbours.
When do I need a building permit?
You need a permit if you.....
- construct any new building i.e. new single family dwelling, garage, shed
- construct a foundation
- install a structure such as a mobile home on your property
- repair or add to a building, including porches and decks
- enclose a porch or add a roof over a deck
- add a chimney, woodstove or fireplace
- install an above ground pool or inground pool
- install weeping tiles
- install siding or re-bricking
- finish a basement
- move a building onto a property
If plumbing work is proposed, a separate plumbing permit is required.
A demolition permit is required before you take down all or part of a building. The process is much the same as for a building permit, however, your application may be affected by special situations. For example, if a building has historical or architectural significance, it may be designated as a heritage building under the Ontario Heritage Act. Demolition will require
City Council's approval.
You do not need a permit if you.....
- do non-structural work such as: eavestroughs, kitchen cupboards, landscaping, driveways, sidewalks or fences (however, fence by-law requirements apply)
- build a wooden deck with no roof, where the finished deck level is 24" (600 mm) or less above finished grade, regardless of size when not attached to building (however, zoning regulations apply)
- sky lights, provided not more than one rafter, joist, or other similar structure member is cut or removed
- window and door replacement, provided openings are not enlarged
- add-on cooling systems, air cleaners, plenum heaters and in-line
- furnace replacement
- proposed free standing structure is under 108 square feet (however, zoning regulations apply)
replace plumbing fixtures
How much will a permit cost?
The basic minimum fee for a building permit is $102 which covers up to
$9,000 of construction value. Should your proposed construction be above
this value, the fee is calculated as follows:
$10.70 for each additional $1,000 of construction value.
The above noted construction values are subject to annual fee adjustments
through the passage of a by-law by City Council. The fee for a
Building Permit is based on the cost of construction, including labour and
Other fees that may have to be collected at the time a permit is
- City Development Charges
- Lot Grading Deposits
- Sudbury and District Health Unit (for private septics inspection/permit)
- Water meter installation fee for new single family dwellings where municipal water is available
You may also have to pay a fee for other
services such as hook-up to municipal water and sewer services.
What information is required when applying for a building permit?
- Two (2) sets of scaled construction drawings
- Site plan showing :
- size and location of all existing and proposed buildings, garages, pools, sheds, etc. on property;
- all property lines and dimensions
- distance between all structures and
- the property lines
- drainage patterns
- Application fee is required before building permit is processed
- Deed or Tax Bill to verify ownership and provide us with a legal description
of the property
- Letter of authorization from property owner should applicant not be the owner
What other things do I need?
Although approvals vary from one building application to the next, they
may include the following agencies:
- City Engineering
- Roads & Drainage/Sewer & Water
- City Fire Services
- Health Unit
- Greater Sudbury Utilities Inc.
- Nickel District Conservation Authority
- Committee of Adjustment
- Ministry of Transportation
What can you do if your application is turned down?
If building code issues cannot be resolved, you may write to the two
following agencies detailing the reasons for your appeal:
* The Building Code Commission hears appeals dealing with problems related
to technical requirements of the Ontario Building Code
* The Building
Materials Evaluation Commission hears appeals for problems related to
construction techniques or materials
Both Commissions can be reached care of the Housing Development and
Buildings Branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 777 Bay
Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto ON M5G 2E5 (416)858-6666.
If Planning Act issues cannot be resolved, you may need to apply for the
following planning approvals through the City's Economic Development &
- variance application (Committee of Adjustment)
- lot severance (Consent Official)
Where do I go for the permit?
Tom Davies Square
200 Brady Street
705-674-4455, Ext. 4278
The builder/contractor and/or property owner is responsible for obtaining
the permit. Make sure the permit is posted and the approved plans are kept
on the job site.
What if I don't have a permit?
No construction, alteration or conversion shall occur until a building
permit is applied for and issued. Starting construction without a permit
is illegal and is a Provincial Offence under the Ontario Building Code Act
and charges may be laid. You will be subject to an extra administration
fee amounting to double the permit fee.
Drawings Required . . .
Two sets of plans for each of the following projects:
Plan required for a Building Permit
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