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Building Checklist

BUILDING CHECKLIST

THIS SECTION PROVIDES THE INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION
YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE A BUILDING PERMIT ISSUED.

The information and documentation you will need to have a Building Permit issued. 

General

Inspection Information

Residential Building Permit Information

New Home Construction
Renovations and Additions
Accessory Buildings
Swimming Pools

Farm Building Permit Information

Livestock Buildings and Manure Storage
Drive-sheds/Grain Bins/Silos

Other Types of Permits

Sewage Systems
Signs
Demolition

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Inspection Information
  • Inspection information will be provided with all permits.
  • Please ensure that inspection requests  are made at least one day in advance
  • Inspections may be requested by contacting the Building Department at 519-666-0190 ext. 241
  • Inspections are generally conducted in the afternoon. In lesser traveled areas of the municipality, inspections are only conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please refer to the Inspection Zone Map to determine which area you are in with respect to scheduling of inspections. You will be advised which Inspection Zone you are in at the time your Building Permit is issued.
  • Where a building inspection fails or is not ready for inspection on more than two occurrences for the same stage of construction (i.e. framing inspection), a fee as outlined in the Fee By-law will be charged to the property owner or applicant.

Residential - New Home Construction

Building permits are required for all new single family dwellings

Forms you will need:
Information you’ll need to provide with these forms:
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed building, including setbacks to property lines and grading plan approved by the developer’s engineer if within a subdivision
  • Construction plans including structural and architectural details
  • Roof truss drawings, stamped by an engineer and marked reviewed by your designer
  • Heat loss and duct design
  • Septic system design and permit (if applicable)
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area

Residential - Renovations & Additions


Building permits are required for all additions to residential buildings and most renovations. Renovations such as finished basements, installing roof mounted solar panels, installing new plumbing appliances, changing types of
heating systems, etc. require building permits.

Forms you will need:
Information you’ll need to provide with these forms:
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed addition, including setbacks to property lines and septic system (if applicable)
  • Construction plans
  • Building layout plans
  • Evaluation of septic system (if applicable)
  • Heat loss calculations and duct design (if applicable)
  • Drawings specific to the project
  • Roof mounted solar panels will require engineering for the connection system, and an evaluation of the supporting building by a professional engineer
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area

Residential - Accessory Buildings


Building permits are required for all accessory buildings (greater than 10 square metres) such as sheds, decks and detached garages.

Forms you will need:
Information you’ll need to provide with these forms:
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed building, including setbacks to property lines and septic system (if applicable)
  • Construction plans including details pertaining to footing, framing, posts, beams, rafters, floor joists and guards (for
    decks) and building height
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area

Swimming Pools

Building permits are required for all swimming pools which are capable of holding more than 24" of water.  

Forms you will need:
Information you’ll need to provide with this form:
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed pool, including setbacks to property lines, fencing detail and location of pool equipment (which must be a minimum of five feet from the property line)
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area
Other Information:

Agricultural Buildings - Livestock and Manure Storages

New and expanding expanding livestock buildings and manure storages must comply with the Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) formula provided by the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

You may contact the local OMAFRA Office (London, 519-873-4070), a Nutrient Management consultant or the Building Department to determine what setbacks would apply to your operation.

Prior to issuance of a building permit for a new or expanding operation or manure storage system, a Letter of Approval will be required from OMAFRA. Please contact OMAFRA for further information in this regard.

Forms you will need:
Information you’ll need to provide with these forms:
  • Construction drawings (designed by professional engineer for buildings greater than 600 square metres and all manure storages) truss drawings (stamped by a professional engineer).
  • Letter of approval from OMAFRA.
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed building, including setbacks to property lines, wells, septic systems, buildings and natural areas.
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area.

Agricultural Buildings - Not Housing Livestock or Containing Manure Storages

Building permits are required for all farm buildings such as grain bins, silos and drive sheds.

Forms you will need:
Information you’ll need to provide with these forms:
  • Construction drawings (designed by professional engineer for all grain bins, silos and buildings greater than 600 square metres).
  • Truss drawings (must be stamped by a professional engineer if trusses used)
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed building, including setbacks to property lines, wells, septic systems, buildings and natural areas.
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area.

Sewage Systems

All sewage systems with the exception of portable toilets (Class One Pit Privies)require building permits for both new installations and repairs or replacement of existing systems.

Forms you will need:
Information you’ll need to provide with these forms:
  • Sewage System Design (by Professional Engineer, unless very simple soil conditions exist) including soil information
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed sewage system, including setbacks to property lines, wells, buildings and natural areas 
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area

Signs

Building permits are required for all signs referenced in the Building By-law

Forms you will need:
Information you will need to provide with these forms:
  • Construction drawings
  • Site plan indicating location of proposed sign, including setbacks to property lines.
  • Clearance from the Conservation Authority if you plan to build in a regulated area.
Other information

Demolition

Demolition permits are required prior to the demolition of any building with the exception of farm buildings. Burning structures may be an option at the discretion of the municipality’s Fire Chief.

Prior to demolition, please ensure the following:

  • Disconnect all services (hydro, telephone, gas, cable, water sewer, etc.) 
  • Return water meter to municipality (if applicable) 
  • Contact the Fire Chief at 519-666-0190 ext 239 and Fire Dispatch at 519-661-5615 prior to burning
  • Obtain Demolition Permit
  • Upon completion of demolition owners are responsible to contact the building department for inspection and the tax department for request for reassessment.
  • Site must be leveled and graded upon completion of demolition.
Forms you will need: