Building Permits

A building permit is a license which grants legal permission to start construction of a building. Permits allow the enforcement of codes, standards, and bylaws which have been adopted by the local or provincial governing body. 


The enforcement of the building code standards and bylaws is carried out to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The governing body which enforces the code is acting to assure safe construction.


The Building Inspector for the Town of Springside is Meridan Inspections.


For all Building Permits there will be mandatory Call-in Stages for Inspection set out.


If the inspection schedule is not followed a Stop Work Order will be issued so that building code compliance can be verified. This process may require additional construction costs and inspection fees being charged to the owner/contractor.


What projects require Building Permits?

  • New building construction
  • Structural change
  • Garages and carports
  • Decks
  • Mobile homes
  • Renovations, alterations, and additions to an existing building
  • Demolition of an existing building
  • Relocation of an existing building
  • Basement development in a dwelling unit
  • Change of use or occupancy of a building
  • Work to remedy an unsafe condition or fire official’s order
  • Temporary buildings
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Installing bay, bow, or box windows in new or existing openings
  • Interior alterations
  • Exterior landings that are greater than 2.25m2 in area and/or landings that are 600mm or more above grade level
  • Exterior stairs that are four or more risers high
  • Roof enclosures over an existing deck
  • Re-roofing of one-unit to four-unit dwellings if support structure (roof sheathing) is being replaces or pitch is being changed


Please note: 

  • Permits exire six months from date of issue but may be renewed for a further six months without fee.
  • It is the responsibility of the owner to locate all utility lines and easements. Check with Land Titles and utility companies.
  • The plumbing system shall not be constructed, extended, altered, or renewed unless a plumbing permit has been obtained. For plumbing information, call you plumbing contractor.


What projects do not require Building Permits?

  • Insulating perimeter basement walls or drywall, paneling or stucco
  • Replacing doors and windows in existing openings except for bay, bow, or box windows
  • Driveways and parking lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Painting, decorating, laying carpet, and general maintenance
  • Replacement using the same material and not affecting structural, electrical, or mechanical systems (roofing, siding, windows) 

Application and worksheets

All permit applications must include the Application for Building / Development Permit and the following corresponding worksheet. These worksheets may be vioewed, printed and downloaded below.


*Application for Building/Development Permit


*Move or Demo Worksheet


*Basement Development Worksheet


*Dwelling Addition Worksheet


*Garage Worksheet for attached or detached garage


*Deck Worksheet